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California state Sen. Leland Yee is facing a slew of corruption charges as part of a massive FBI sting operation that surfaced allegations of firearms trafficking, money laundering, murder-for-hire and drug distribution.

A federal complaint unsealed Wednesday accuses the San Francisco Democrat of engaging in a conspiracy to traffic firearms and accepting campaign donations in exchange for official acts. In one instance, Yee, who has been a strong advocate for gun control during his decade in the state Legislature, allegedly offered to set up an undercover agent with an international arms dealer for $5,000, warning that such business dealings are “not for the faint of heart,” according to the complaint. Over the course of the undercover agent’s relationship with Chow and other defendants, the complaint shows, the undercover agent informed the group that he was interested in generating income from illegal schemes. He was then inducted into CKT as a “consultant,” and allegedly introduced to a number of the defendants in order to launder money, traffic narcotics, firearms and purpotedly stolen cigarettes and liquor and engage in murder-for-hire schemes over the course of multiple undercover operations.

The FBI also arrested Keith Jackson, a well-known political consultant who owns San Francisco-based political consulting firm Jackson Consultancy.



  1. Dummy Up says:

    Isn’t it amazing how these (hypocritical and often arrogant) anti-whatevers always seem to be the very first people to PROFIT at whatever they rail against?

    Here we have a POLITICIAN! …nuff said about that guy.

    I also find it a bit unusual that this is even a story in anyone’s press syndicate. After all, according to the majority of press people, Democrat’s can do no wrong unless it’s gross and obvious.

  2. spsffan says:

    Well, as far as it goes, you can’t get elected to anything in San Francisco unless you profess to be a major gun control fanatic.

    But that doesn’t mean you actually believe it!

  3. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist says:

    Rachel Maddow did her first 15 minute segment on this guy last night. He’s just a ChinaTown Gangsta boy (“Shrimp Boy” to his intimates) in and out of prison from a young age. He shot a man in Chinatown, just to watch him die!

    Not the only Ex-Con serving the State of California in Gubment.

    Silly Hoomans?—No, electing for real criminals goes to something deeper and more malignant in our collective nature.

    Really does highlight the need for effective non-partisan CHECKS AND BALANCES….eg as provided by an active Criminal Justice system. Also highlights what is always the case: follow the money. You can make money selling guns, drugs, sex, …. but to make BIG $$MOOHLA$$ the items of commerce must be illegal.

    Silly Hooman Economics 101.

  4. deegee says:

    The USA, the great melting pot…
    In a “melting pot” the slag and scum rises to the top.

  5. pedro says:

    Do they have non communist party Senators in China?

  6. Rob says:

    I think the entire situation with corrupt politicians is that until they are found out (if ever) they are willing to trample on the population of their state and our Bill of Rights. Their feeling of entitlement and that they can do anything they want hopefully will come back and bite them in their greasy hands. This buffoon is the worst of the worst. Willing to strip thousands of citizens of their rights in the name of good government and saving the population from their selves. Do as I say not as I do.

    • deowll says:

      He seems to see his role in society as disarming law abiding citizens while making a killing selling major weapons systems to criminals and in so doing promoting the class he truly represents. Organized crime.

  7. MikeN says:

    The New York Times reported it with a one-paragraph Associated Press report on page A21, with the headline, “California: State Senator Accused of Corruption.”

    CNN ignored it.