Olague attacks led by billionaires and a consultant/commissioner with undisclosed income

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Andrea Shorter appears on the sfwomenforaccountability.com, but she won't disclose who pays her for political consulting.

Understanding how political activists are being paid is important to understanding what their motivations are. For example, is Andrea Shorter – a mayor-appointed former president of the Commission on the Status of Women – leading the campaigns against Sup. Christina Olague and Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi out of concern for domestic violence, or is it because of their progressive political stands, such as supporting rent control and opposing corporate tax breaks?

As a city commissioner who is required under state law to report her income on annual financial disclosure forms to the city, the public should be able to know who is paying this self-identified “political consultant.” But we can't, because for each of the last five years, Shorter has claimed under penalty of perjury on Form 700 to have no reportable income, which means less than $500 from any source – an unlikely claim that was the source of complaints filed today with the Ethics Commission and Fair Political Practices Commission.

Shorter led efforts to have her commission support Mayor Ed Lee's failed effort to remove Mirkarimi from office for official misconduct, and now she's become one of the main public faces leading an independent expenditure campaign called San Francisco Women for Accountability and a Responsible Supervisor Opposing Christina Olague 2012, funded with more than $100,000 by Lee's right-wing financial supporters: venture capitalist Ron Conway and Thomas Coates (and his wife), who has also funded statewide efforts to make rent control illegal.

Neither Shorter nor Conway responded to our requests for comment, but tenant advocates and Olague supporters are pushing back with an 11:30am rally at City Hall tomorrow (Thurs/1). Organizers are calling on activists “to beat back the attacks on rent control and workers by billionaires Ron Conway and the Coates family. The 1 Percent Club, Coates and Conway want San Francisco to be a playground for the rich. Take a stand to say that these opportunists CANNOT buy elections!”

The Ethics Commission complaint against Shorter was filed this morning by sunshine activist Bob Planthold, who also filed a similar complaint a couple weeks ago against District 1 supervisorial candidate David Lee, who also appears to have grossly understated his income of the same financial disclosure form during his service on the Recreation and Parks Commission.

“There's been too little attention by mayor after mayor after mayor in that the people they appoint are allowed to be sloppy, negligent, unresponsive, and under-responsive to these financial disclosure requirements,” Planthold told us.

Although the Ethics Commission doesn't confirm or deny receiving complaints or launching investigations, Planthold said Ethics investigators have already notified him that they were investigating the Lee complaint, and he expects similar action against Shorter. “Ethics is pursuing my complaint against David Lee. It's not one of the many that they decided to ignore,” Planthold said.

The FPPC complaint against Shorter is being filed by former Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin, who told us, “The complaint speaks for itself.”

Although Shorter claims no income on public forms, the political consulting firm Atlas Leadership Strategies lists Shorter as the CEO of Political Leadership Coaching, which works with political candidates and causes. Atlas also represents PJ Johnston, who was press secretary for then-Mayor Willie Brown and now represents a host of powerful corporate clients.

“Her brand of discreet, highly confidential, political coaching works to equip leaders with tools to exercise more effective, impactful, innovative and – where possible – transformative leadership,” was one way Atlas describes Shorter.

Is she working in a discreet and confidential way to elect moderate London Breed to one of the city's most progressive districts? Is she being paid for that work by Conway or anyone else? Is she doing the bidding of Mayor Lee and his allies in hopes of greater rewards?

Or should voters just take at face value her claim to really be standing up for “accountability” from public officials? Is this really about the statement Shorter makes in the video prominently displayed on the sfwomenforaccountability.com website: “Christina Olague has lost the trust of victims' advocates. She has set our cause back. I'm profoundly disappointed in her and I can't support her anymore.”?

With less than a week until the election, voters can only speculate.

Comments

about it at the time. And julian's reposnse was not that of an innocent man. As always, it wasn't the crime - it was the appemtpted cover-up, that doomed Julian.

Funny to see how the SFBG suddenly loves Olague though, after hating on her for months

Posted by Guest on Nov. 01, 2012 @ 12:25 am

When white people and women pile on a black man accused of sexually threatening white women, then that is blowing the whistle on the lynch code, echoing the worst of the worst elements of US racist history.

Posted by marcos on Nov. 01, 2012 @ 5:30 am

Which is what "liberals" have been trying and failing at for decades. They just can't help themselves.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 01, 2012 @ 7:32 am

The pathetic race mongers are abandoning playing the race card in favor of playing the gender card via racial lynching stereotypes of sexually uncontrollable black men.

Posted by marcos on Nov. 01, 2012 @ 7:51 am

he can't expect to get a pass on that by playing the race card. As amusing as I find the SFBG doing a 180 on Olague, we progressives quite simply cannot afford Julian so soon after Rossgate.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 01, 2012 @ 8:12 am

is that they are most likely to affect those who wouldn't have voted for Julian Davis in any case. As such they deserve -- and I daresay will -- backfire.

Posted by lillipublicans on Nov. 01, 2012 @ 8:35 am
Posted by Guest on Nov. 01, 2012 @ 8:49 am

Making a pass at a woman at a single's bar is only "sexually uncontrollable" for the prudish few. Perhaps had a priest made a pass at him, you'd be happy?

Posted by marcos on Nov. 01, 2012 @ 8:35 am

It doesn't imply sticking your hands up a blouse or down the back of pants groping for a stinky finger

Posted by Guest on Nov. 01, 2012 @ 8:50 am

Is that like "disco dancing music" Marcos? Greg Brady called - he wants his lingo back.

Posted by Troll II on Nov. 01, 2012 @ 5:41 pm

It was all bath houses and back alleys in his day.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 02, 2012 @ 12:41 am

It still is bath houses everywhere but San Francisco. I've got a bisexual history, the problem being that the complexity, uncertainty and expense of hooking up with women is just not worth the effort when it is so simple to get with men who don't whine about oppression whenever their feelings get hurt.

Posted by marcos on Nov. 02, 2012 @ 6:07 am

sexual misconduct without the race card or the "lynching card coming out? Was Clarence Thomas a victim of this too?

Posted by D. Native on Nov. 01, 2012 @ 9:13 am

Anita Hill was white, and Thomas was not her employer but serially harassed her in a single's bar?

Posted by marcos on Nov. 01, 2012 @ 9:29 am

Uh huh...Shorter is being targeted for being black. Give me a fucking break.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 01, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

especially those who were once on the progressive island and have now found a way off - hell hath no fury like an ally scorned.

Posted by Troll II on Nov. 01, 2012 @ 3:38 pm

As usual, my detractors are just licking the dogshit from my bootheel and calling it chocolate.

Paul Henderson, Emperor Ed's "criminal justice" czar, also wouldn't talk to me - he brushed me off. I would call that dissuasion of a witness in a criminal case.

Shorter, Henderson and Murase only care about crime when it suits their corrupt political agenda.

Posted by Erika McDonald on Nov. 01, 2012 @ 8:57 am

Yep - Erika's one-trick pony just rode back into town.

Posted by Troll II on Nov. 01, 2012 @ 9:55 am
Posted by Guest on Nov. 01, 2012 @ 9:55 am

If Shorter's business is run as an S-corporation then it allows her to claim on her personal income taxes any losses by the business. The effective result often being that personal incomes taxes show a net-loss.

Resulting in? Ta-daaaaah: "no reportable income".

Posted by Guest on Nov. 01, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

As a registered voter and member of the community I recognize the incredible amount of energy that is being put into this particular case. One would have to be brain dead not to recognize that there is more to this than DV issues. Why would women who are suppose to be protecting the rights of abused women not be communicating with the supposed victim ion this incident? The DV advocates are supporting the next door neighbor not the victim? What's wrong with that picture? MONEY and appointments are being passed around to those who support the continued pursuit to force a duly elected official to resign!! I hope the Federal Government steps in and reviews this entire mess and diligently follows all accusations and trails to money and possible corruption and abuse of power!!

Posted by Concerned Resigtered Voter on Nov. 03, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

TYPO corrected:
As a registered voter and member of the community I recognize the incredible amount of energy that is being put into this particular case. One would have to be brain dead not to recognize that there is more to this than DV issues. Why would women who are suppose to be protecting the rights of abused women not be communicating with the supposed victim in this incident? The DV advocates are supporting the next door neighbor not the victim? What's wrong with that picture? MONEY and appointments are being passed around to those who support the continued pursuit to force a duly elected official to resign!! I hope the Federal Government steps in and reviews this entire mess and diligently follows all accusations and trails to money and possible corruption and abuse of power!!

Posted by Concerned Resigtered Voter on Nov. 03, 2012 @ 2:14 pm