Illegal anti-Campos flyers the subject of an ethics complaint


Several San Francisco neighborhoods over the last week have been targeted with illegal campaign flyers against Assembly candidate David Campos -- breaking both state election laws requiring the group and its funding source to be identified and local laws against placing political flyers on utility poles and other surfaces.

Former Ethics Commission Eileen Hansen this week filed a complaint about the guerilla campaigning with the California Fair Political Practices Commission, which has jurisdiction over state races.

“I am asking for the intervention of your office into what appears to be a blatant and arrogant violation of campaign finance reporting and disclosure laws in California’s 17th Assembly District Primary Election,” Hansen wrote in the April 30 letter. “As you well know, the political climate in San Francisco is quite sensitive, and nerves are raw. If this violation is allowed to continue, it will have a chilling effect on the entire election and further alienate voters, and potential voters.”

The race between Campos and David Chiu has indeed gotten more heated in recent weeks, but Chiu campaign spokesperson Nicole Derse denies that the campaign has any knowledge or involvement with the illegal campaigning: “We think everyone in this race should be transparent.”

In her letter, Hansen casts doubt on the Chiu campaign’s claims of innocence: “The wide distribution, professional design, and overnight appearance in distant locations strongly suggest that these flyers have been produced and distributed by a funded political organization aligned with Assembly candidate David Chiu, whose aim is to attack and discredit Chiu’s opponent David Campos.”

And she even identifies a leading suspect in this illegal campaigning: Enrique Pearce and his Left Coast Communications firm, which has a history of dirty tricks campaigning on behalf of Mayor Ed Lee and other establishment politicians. Hansen notes that the flyers appeared right after the registration of a new campaign committee, San Franciscans for Effective Government to Support David Chiu. Although the group hasn’t reported any fundraising yet, its contact phone number goes to Left Coast Communications and Pearce, who hasn’t yet returned our calls on the issue. [UPDATE: Pearce called back and categorically denied any involvement with the illegal flyers, and he blasted Hansen for speading what you called "scurrilous lies" with no foundation, saying he has called her directly and expects an apology.]

This campaign stunt in reminiscent of an “independent expenditure” effort in the District 6 supervisorial race in 2010, when Pearce was connected to a mailer supporting Sup. Jane Kim that was funded partially by Willie Brown, again because the supposedly independent group listed his phone number even though he was worked directly for Kim.

The anti-Campos mailers include some nasty and misleading charges, labeling Campos “City Hall’s Hypocrite” by falsely claiming Campos ignored rising evictions until he decided to run for the Assembly and that he was concerned about Google buses but wanted to charge them less than $1 per stop. A third flyer claims Campos “lets wifebeater sheriff keep his job” for his vote against removing Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi from office for official misconduct.

“This is a secretly funded shadow organization aligned with David Chiu, committing a desperate move that is as illegal and it is false in its claims,” Campos told us, saying he hopes the FPPC is able to stop and punish those involved. 


Campos is very powerful and threatening to established interests. It's good this is being looked into - all political speech needs to be monitored closely for nefarious intent.

Posted by Guest on May. 02, 2014 @ 6:46 pm

Yeah - if "professional" means created using an old version of MS Word.

Posted by Guest on May. 02, 2014 @ 6:48 pm

I thought I was going to hurt myself laughing. Look at that thing! Exactly what about it says 'professional design'?

The average 'for sale' flyer in your local laundromat is better than that thing.

You can't make this stuff up. Progressive humor is the best thing ever.

Posted by Guest on May. 02, 2014 @ 8:49 pm

I have some expertise in this area. Just to produce such a flier you would need to have access to both a personal computer and a color printer. These 'personal computers' start at about $300 and the 'color printer' would cost an ADDITIONAL $75.

So clearly access to that type of technology requires some type of assistance from the Chiu campaign.

Plus, in looking at the flyer I think it is quite possible that a software program called 'Adobe Photoshop" has been used.

Now, exactly who out there would have access to a computer, a printer AND Photoshop?

Mr. Chiu? This has your modus operandi all over it.

Posted by Guest on May. 02, 2014 @ 7:01 pm

This might even be printed on one of those "ink-jet" printers I'm hearing everyone talk about. They're more than $2000 at Circuit City but don't run on a DOS system so I guess I will have to wait until I can afford to upgrade to Windows 3.1.

Posted by Jan Brady on May. 02, 2014 @ 9:19 pm

Very well done.

Posted by Scram on May. 03, 2014 @ 12:01 pm

hahahahahahahahaha you sir are hilarious.
Please comment more in the future.

What's crazy is that far-left extremists like Campos (and guys like Greg and Marcos) live in such a bubble that they really believe this is some highly professional, "shadow organization" taking orders from Chiu. Everything is some vast, corporate conspiracy to them.

Maybe this is connected to Shrimp Boy, Leland Yee, and Rose Pak? SFBG and fellow readers please help us connect the dots.

Posted by Guest on May. 03, 2014 @ 4:10 pm

Rose Pak is endorsing Campos

Posted by Guest on May. 03, 2014 @ 9:23 pm

Pak is endorsing Campos? I have not made up my mind, but this really makes me want to vote for Chiu.

Posted by GlenParkDaddy on May. 03, 2014 @ 11:53 pm

Pak hates Chiu in the same way that she hates Yee.

Then again, Chiu superbly engineered the elevation of Ed Lee so Pak ought to remember that favorably.

Or perhaps Pak would prefer someone who will be ineffective in Sac for her own reasons. Who can say?

Posted by Guest on May. 04, 2014 @ 12:24 am

"The Asians divide into cliques". Psst... Newsflash! Asians are not a monolithic group or voting bloc. Neither are blacks, Latinos, whites, gays, or any other group. They're people. Some of which politically agree with each other and others who hate each other.

Posted by Guest on May. 04, 2014 @ 11:08 am

Rose Pak hates Yee because he was corrupt. She even stated that explicitly in an interview.

Rose Pak hates David Chiu because he's an independent vote. Even the Ed Lee vote was based on his own reasoning that Lee would be a good caretaker mayor since he was city manager. Made sense. Obviously it backfired on him.

Pak represents the old guard in Chinatown, where you take care of each other and do favors to watch each other's back. Probably necessary then for Chinese folks, not as much now. She can't stand that Chiu doesn't seek or heed her advice like other folks on legislation. Dude has 3 degrees from Harvard and less corrupt brains to pick. Also, I'm sure there's something to the fact that she is hardcore China and Chiu's family is from Taiwan.

Funny how progressives don't have a problem with Pak supporting Campos. Or the fact Campos has taken donations from AT&T as a payoff for those damn ugly utility boxes! How about it Lilli and Greg?

Posted by Guest on May. 06, 2014 @ 8:42 pm

Ed Lee gets to replace him. Who cares about Sacto?

Posted by murphstahoe on May. 05, 2014 @ 7:55 pm

Also, please note that this professionally designed flyer is stuck to the utility pole with a large hunk of so-called "packing" tape which typically is only used by highly professional design firms rather than the "scotch" tape used by private individuals.

Posted by Guest on May. 04, 2014 @ 6:49 am

Because The Guardian comment section is crucial in SF political life.

Posted by Guest on May. 02, 2014 @ 7:48 pm

"and local laws against placing political flyers on utility poles and other surfaces."

The SFBG staff collectively fainted, clutching their pearls, upon hearing of such a heinous violation of "local laws".

Posted by Guest on May. 02, 2014 @ 8:19 pm
Posted by Guest on May. 02, 2014 @ 10:24 pm
Posted by Guest on May. 04, 2014 @ 8:02 pm

suits them, for instance during protests

Posted by Guest on May. 04, 2014 @ 9:19 pm

The David Campos supporters, without money or support from the campaign office, could just remove the signs and put their own up. More posters! More free speech!

Posted by Guest on May. 02, 2014 @ 9:09 pm

if someone wishes to. There are flyers everywhere across the city and nobody complains about it except SFBG and then only when it attacks a candidate they support.


Posted by Guest on May. 02, 2014 @ 10:22 pm

I haven't seen people this butt-hurt since the morning after the Folsom St. fair.

Posted by Guest on May. 02, 2014 @ 10:30 pm

On a serious note Campos DID let a wife beater keep his job...

Posted by Guest on May. 02, 2014 @ 10:31 pm

"It was only a bruise."

Posted by Guest on May. 02, 2014 @ 10:45 pm
Posted by Guest on May. 02, 2014 @ 10:50 pm

So leave him alone for once.

Posted by Guest on May. 04, 2014 @ 10:55 am

Domestic violence is always a personal matter!

Particularly when you are a powerful man!

Posted by Guest on May. 04, 2014 @ 11:04 am

"The police report, which would routinely be kept at the Taraval police station, was removed by police."

Contrast the soft-gloves treatment that the "hero of SFO" got with the treatement outsider Mirkarimi saw when a meddlesome neighbor harangued and enticed his wife to make an incriminatory video and then shared it with his political enemies.

Posted by lillipublicans on May. 04, 2014 @ 11:21 am

Because he doesn't want to have that conversation with voters - the vast majority of whom opposed reinstating a law-breaking sheriff. The only "desperate" move here is Campos' avoidance. He's dodging faster than when he and his family ran across the border.

Posted by Guest on May. 02, 2014 @ 11:20 pm

A couple reasons why...

First of all, he has a good soundbite comeback: David Chiu has no problem endorsing Jane Kim, who voted the same way. That encapsulates Chiu's main problem -his hypocrisy, and reinforces his reputation as a sellout.

The other reason is that like immigrant voting, it's simply not a winning issue for Chiu. The latest Chamber of Commerce poll has Mirkarimi's approval/disapproval at 29-48. But, 1) That's citywide. Remember, when Avalos was losing the mayor's race by 20 points, he was winning on the East Side. And 2) I don't take those numbers at face value... because... Chamber of Commerce. Duh. My guess? Support for Mirk is actually a net positive in the district. Chiu supporters keep forgetting which district he's running in.

The other issue is that not many people even care anymore, if they ever did. Even if you don't like Mirk, are you really going to vote against a candidate for Assembly because of that? I don't know anyone who would otherwise vote for Campos on the issues, who would change their vote because of that.

Posted by Greg on May. 02, 2014 @ 11:54 pm

re-election again, and that will help Ed Lee get re-elected.

As for Chiu, the real reason he will win is that people perceive him as someone who can talk to all sides. Nobody would ever say that about Campos.

Chiu wants to compromise and Campos wants to win a class war and take no prisoners. People want politicians who can take a middle path.

Posted by Guest on May. 03, 2014 @ 12:21 am

It's early, but that's my prediction and I'm sticking by it. People want someone who stands for something. Campos can talk to all sides, but at the end of the day, the man has principles. Nobody can say that about Chiu.

Posted by Greg on May. 03, 2014 @ 12:25 am

Because you want him to win, but not because you have any reason to believe he will win. The polls have Chiu way ahead.

Principles, shminciples. What you call a principle, I call a bias. I want a politician who I know will at least listen to all sides. Campos takes sides instinctively in the same way that you do.

I would not want you as a politicians because you are biased. So is Campos. Chiu can see the value of all sides. Campos and you cannot. you just want to win a class war.

Posted by Guest on May. 03, 2014 @ 12:49 am

Chiu takes whatever side pays him the most.

Posted by Guest on May. 03, 2014 @ 3:37 pm

People want someone who will get something done. Even the Guardian agrees that Chiu is more likely to get something done than is Campos. Campos is an ideologue who panders to a small minority.

But why would we listen to you when it comes to political predictions? You think communism is a good and viable system of government and popular with the people (although you would never move to one or answer the question of if communism is so good, why do people always try to escape it instead of moving into it). You also think that the Bay Guardian's political views are more in line with the majority of San Franciscans (although you have no proof and on issues and candidates that the BG and the Chronicle disagree on, the BG-backed one loses much more often than not).

Posted by Guest on May. 03, 2014 @ 10:00 am

everything else. You ignore the fact that communist nations have to build walls and fences to stop their people from leaving. You ignore the fact that relative equality is attained only be impoverishing everyone except the top party workers of course. You ignore the fact that every nation that has ever had communism has abandoned it or looks like it will. And you ignore the fact that all the great innovation and invention comes from nations that reject communism.

None of this matters if, like Greg, you have the faith. You might as well argue with a devout Christian that God is a myth,

Posted by Guest on May. 03, 2014 @ 10:17 am

Including his old one - where he was closest to being even on approval/disapproval.

Is anyone even going to care or remember than Campos voted to reinstate a law-breaking sheriff who beat his wife? They're not going to forget as long as things like this keep popping up - that's for sure. And Chiu will use it as a weapon when these two have their debates - there's no doubt of that. Campos will say such attacks "smack of desperation" in an attempt to avoid answering the charge - but he's not going to get away with that and he knows it.

Look for an independent campaign to district voters reminding them of Campos' support for the right of a man to beat a Latina woman and keep his taxpayer-funded job. Jane "Princess" Kim will also be forced to face the music during her upcoming race too.

Posted by Guest on May. 03, 2014 @ 12:59 pm

on retirement plus sheriff's pay all this time. The Lee-bots simply reached beyond their grasp. Too bad that fairness won the day.

Posted by lillipublicans on May. 03, 2014 @ 1:41 pm


Even if the replacement sheriff was double-dipping (which would be wrong), that doesn't mean that what Mirkarimi did was right. One does not excuse another.

It's crazy how you far-far-left "progressives" easily dismiss real concerns about the Sheriff keeping his job after being accused and convicted of Domestic Violence.

Yeah, it was just a bruise? Even IF it were true that Ed Lee was trying to make a power play (by ousting the sheriff? please - what would that accomplish?) Mirkarimi still shouldn't have kept his job because of his position and what he plead guilty too. I remember reading about the hissing and booing by "progressives" like you at the hearing, directed toward women who spend their lives helping DV victims, as if they were all puppets of Ed Lee and had no legitimate concerns.

Campos and his extreme supporters DO have a hypocrisy problem.

Posted by Guest on May. 03, 2014 @ 4:21 pm

such as your spurious claim that he was "convicted of domestic violence."

Your cohort's willingness to engage in such mendacity is really what fixes you to be reprehensible. For political gains (or just filthy lucre) you engaged in a campaign which sought to destroy not only this good man with many years history as a dedicated and savvy servant, but also his family of his immigrant wife and infant child.

The way you try to pull a moralizing veneer over yourselves just makes it worse. You are truly a disgusting person.

Posted by lillipublicans on May. 03, 2014 @ 8:43 pm

the only difference was that the charge was swapped out so that technically Ross could keep his firearms.

Otherwise identical, because of course the crime was identical. And had it been anyone else without $200,000 to spend on a defense, his rap sheet would be DV, because that is what it was, blatantly

Posted by Guest on May. 03, 2014 @ 10:57 pm

What Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi was convicted of was turning the family van around. That was the "false imprisonment" charge that prosecutors coerced him at long length to plea to while he was under court order which divided his family and kept his infant son separated from his dad.

The Lee-bots and the right wing San Franisco Chronicle pulled out all the stops in order to revoke his election and one of the most favored techniques was the bald lie.

And by-the-way, in my original reply I failed to note that whatever polling was done and whatever is claimed about poll numbers, the one result from such seemed to be that pulling out of the financial backer of the Mirkarimi lynch mob. Otherwise he would have been recalled. Nest'ce pas?

Posted by lillipublicans on May. 03, 2014 @ 11:28 pm

included both Dv and false imprisonment. In some ways, the false imprisonment charge is worse from a criminal perspective. But the over-riding factor for Ross was that DV comes with some extra constraints on his civil rights, most obviously a 10-year ban on forearm possession which, at least morally and technically, he needed for his job.

Throw enough money at any legal problem and you can get a result. The DV went away in exchange for copping to the false imprisonment. But since that was also within a domestic situation, it's still DV. It's just that it comes under a broader umbrella.

Ross assaulted his wife any way you look at it.

Posted by Guest on May. 04, 2014 @ 12:19 am

DV perps but doesn't apply for other crimes. You can rob a bank, get 20 years, and still not have to do the DV class.

The DA insisted on it, to show that Ross was getting the full-on DV punishment despite any technicality.

Posted by anonymous on May. 04, 2014 @ 12:41 am

I just started ready the comments on this article starting with the last one, I came across your comment,I am not a fan of Mirkarimi but I have to say this if you had 1/2 a brain in your head you would be dangerous, please if you are going to make a comment at least know what your talking about, but what you have written you don't or you are a retard which one are you.

Posted by GUEST on May. 06, 2014 @ 4:19 pm

subject to valid criticisms about the company he keeps.

When was the last time he listened to landlords, business people, techies or developers?

Posted by Guest on May. 02, 2014 @ 11:58 pm

But he represents the people. His views are in line with the district he's running in. Chiu represents whoever buys his vote.

Posted by Greg on May. 03, 2014 @ 12:22 am

sought out the views of, say, landlords?

I'll bet - never.

Chiu, OTOH, will listen to both landlords and tenants.

So do you want someone who fights just for one side, or someone who listens to and respects all sides?

Posted by Guest on May. 03, 2014 @ 12:46 am

He'll pretend to listen to everybody, but when his vote is needed he'll always come down on the side of big money. People are finally starting to see through his shtick.

Posted by Guest on May. 04, 2014 @ 8:47 am

Chiu's votes are unpredictable, meaning that he can be persuaded by reason.

Campos's votes can be 100% predicted because he is a knee-jerk socialist.

Posted by Guest on May. 04, 2014 @ 9:45 am