March 26, 2014

Yet another CA Democrat state senator arrested on corruption charges [Darleen Click]

This is what comes from one party rule

SAN FRANCISCO — State Sen. Leland Yee, a prominent figure in California’s Democratic legislative majority, was arrested in a federal corruption investigation Wednesday along with an ostentatious gangster known as “Shrimp Boy” — who insisted that he had gone straight — and two dozen of their alleged associates.

An affidavit filed in federal court in San Francisco by FBI Special Agent Emmanuel V. Pascua said there was probable cause to believe that Yee had conducted wire fraud and had engaged in a conspiracy to deal firearms without a license and illegally import firearms.

Firearms? You don’t say!


The affidavit paints a portrait of Yee that is by turns seedy and bumbling, and one deeply at odds with the high-minded image he had long cultivated. Yee, a candidate for secretary of state, is accused of being willing to take varied and numerous steps to solicit campaign donations and sidestep legal donation limits.

For instance, he is accused of seeking an official state Senate proclamation in the spring of 2013 praising the Ghee Kung Tong Freemason lodge in San Francisco. Yee sought the proclamation, according to the court complaint, in exchange for a $6,800 donation to one of his campaigns — a donation that was paid by an undercover FBI agent.

The organized crime figure known as Shrimp Boy, whose name is Raymond Chow, identifies himself as the “dragon head” of that Freemason organization on his Facebook page. The indictment says that Chow, 54, whose criminal history includes racketeering and robbery, has a position of “supreme authority” in the Triad, an international organized crime group. […]

The affidavit says that in August 2013, a prominent California political consultant who had been working to raise money for Yee’s campaigns told a prospective donor — an undercover federal agent — that Yee “had a contact who deals in arms trafficking.”

In exchange for campaign contributions, according to the affidavit, Yee would “facilitate a meeting with the arms dealer” so that the donor could buy a large number of weapons. The firearms would be imported through a port in Newark, N.J. At one meeting, the affidavit said, Yee and the prospective donor discussed “details of the specific types of weapons.”

Yee marks the third Democrat state senator to fall to corruption charges.

Senate leader Darrell Steinberg has already refused to kick out Ron Calderon and Roderick Wright least he lose his super majority and all the sweet sweet dictatorial power; can he cobble together an excuse not to oust Yee, if Yee refuses to resign?

Ah California! Chicago of the West.

Posted by Darleen @ 10:38pm

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Comments (25)

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  2. yee yee yee yee

  3. Chutzpah: Senator Yee: NRA’s Gun Proposal is Pathetic and Unacceptable

    Now, rather than face reality and be part of the solution to the widespread proliferation of assault weapons in America, they attempt to pass the buck. More guns are not the answer to protecting our children…

  4. A criminal organization masquerading as a political party.

  5. Obviously Yee wanted all those guns in America to be sold in the Third World.

    I wonder if he was in the loop re Fast & Furious?

  6. . . . Ghee Kung Tong Freemason lodge . . .

    I knew it.

  7. Can you kill clinical depression with a shoulder-launched RPG?

    Just askin’ for a political friend of mine.

  8. The guns were to be purchased from Islamic “rebels” in the Philippines shipped to New Jersey and then for some of them to be then sold to people in an unnamed North African country.

  9. Yee, man of conscience.

    Yee has at times clashed with fellow Democrats for casting votes of conscience, refusing to support the Democratic budget proposal in 2011 because of its deep cuts to education, social services and education. He also opposed legislation by a fellow Democrat, Assemblyman Paul Fong of Cupertino, that banned the sale of shark fins used for Chinese shark fin soup, saying that it unfairly targeted the Chinese-American community.

    A conscience for sale.

    The agent met again with Yee on March 5, and Yee discussed a new potential arms dealer named Wilson Lim. The agent said his family in New Jersey wanted to support Yee’s bid for Secretary of State, to which Yee responded, “I can be of help to you for 10 months or I can be of help to you for eight years. I think eight years is a lot better than 10 months.”

    But we know just what is really to blame. As Democrat candidate for California Sec of State, Derek Cressman explains:

    Cressman, who until last June was vice president of the nonpartisan government watchdog group Common Cause, Wednesday morning said that charges against Yee must be “a wake-up call” given other Senate Democrats’ legal problems.

    “We are clearly beyond the point of looking at one bad apple and instead looking at a corrupt institution in the California Senate,” Cressman said. “The constant begging for campaign cash clearly has a corrosive effect on a person’s soul and the only solution is to get big money out of our politics once and for all.”

    Yep, the problem with our politics is that too many of those citizen-people are involved. Just get those nasty people out of politics and let the professionals get on with running things as they see fit and all will be well.

  10. Greetings:

    At the risk of appearing critical, what, pray tell, would a “Tong” be without its hatchet-men ???

    And where was Charlie Chan and all his numbered sons while this was going on.

    And Dearest Darrell (Steinberg, that is), a true lover of his fellow man, has called for State Senator Yee to resign almost immediately. Mr. Steinberg does not care for that type of sin in his most pristine of Senates.

  11. So he was working hard to ban legal fire arms sales to eliminate the competition.

    Wonder how those “gun safety” gun-grabbers are going to deal with it?
    OK, they and the MSM will pretend it never happened, but this should be brought up to rebut every “gun safety” advocate. Are the children safer when only Leland Yee’s customers have guns, or when law-abiding citizens have guns to defend themselves and their families from Yee’s crminal customers?

  12. “The constant begging for campaign cash clearly has a corrosive effect on a person’s soul and the only solution is to get big money out of our politics once and for all.”

    How assbackwards.

    When the Civil Rulers, either in Sacramento or DC, hold the power of life or death over the serfs, now the serfs are blamed for trying to make nice nice with the guy holding the axe?

  13. Clearly the FBI was aware that “Shrimp Boy” and his gang were running guns and roped the innocent(ish) Senator into their web.

  14. refusing to support the Democratic budget proposal in 2011 because of its deep cuts to education, social services and education.

    So nice he named it twice.

  15. Ah California! Chicago of the West.

    It’s looking more like Pakistan than Chicago to me.

  16. If California had more senators like Mr. Yee, they wouldn’t have the budget problems they do. They finally get a politician who knows how to turn a buck and they arrest him.

  17. The constant begging for campaign cash clearly has a corrosive effect on a person’s soul and the only solution is to get big money out of our politics once and for all

    That’s funny, when I find something has a corrupting influence on me I reject it.

  18. Derek. Derek Cressman. The Crass man. Makng copies the case for plutocracy!

  19. A criminal organization masquerading as a political party.

    Time to Break Out the RICO Statute and Break Up the Democrats:

    When and if the GOP ever gets its act together and actually wins another national election, there are handy laws on the books that could enable them to deal with the Democrats: the RICO statute. That would be the Racketeer-Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, whose expressed purposed, according to the feds, is ”the elimination of the infiltration of organized crime and racketeering into legitimate organizations operating in interstate commerce.”

    Sounds like a good idea to me…

  20. is shrimp boy a dog whistle?

  21. And it gets worse in the details.

    Yee had connection with Filipino rebel groups: ”Keith Jackson advised that Senator Yee had an unidentified Filipino associate who was supplying ‘heavy’ weapons to rebel groups in the Philippines.”

    Just ponder that one for a few seconds. Yee has tried to disarm Americans. Behind the scenes he claims that he is arming rebel groups in the Philippines. Which rebel groups? These rebel groups:

    Including Muslim terrorists: “According to Senator Yee, Mindanao was largely population by Muslim rebel groups who were fighting the federal government. Yee continued by saying the Muslim rebels had no problem ‘kidnapping individuals, killing individuals, and extorting them for ransom.’”

    And yet he wanted to arm them, while disarming law-abiding Americans.

    In specific the Moro Islamic Liberation Front: “[The agent] asked about the major Muslim organizations in the Mindanao region of the Philippines. Senator Yee responded by saying ‘M.I.L.F.’”

    Yee apparently wasn’t making up his arms dealer. It’s a real person. A real Russian person.

    And, Russian arms dealers: “According to Senator Yee, the arms dealer source the weapons from Russia.”

  22. So, is anyone ready to say that Yee’s a Chi-Com operative?

  23. And the MILF have their peace and piece.

    Nice country you have there, we’ll just nibble a bit of it for now.