Julie Lee: Learn More
San Francisco real estate agent Julie Lee has been a major fundraiser for local and state elected officials. Recent reports accuse her of illegally funneling money to Secretary of State Kevin Shelley’s campaign through her nonprofit organization, San Francisco Neighbors Resource Center, and through third party donors. The Center has received nearly $200,000 in grants from the city and a $500,000 state grant.
The San Francisco Chronicle has recently reported that Lee allegedly funneled tens of thousands of dollars to Shelley by twice having real estate buyers write checks for their down payments ($30,000 and $50,000) directly to Shelley’s campaign for Secretary of State. Her Center also reportedly made payments to consultants totaling over $168,000, and within weeks, each of the five consultants made $25,000 donations to Shelley’s campaign. This money reportedly came from government grants for a ‘neighbors resource center’ that was rarely ever open to the community.
By all appearances, this is a classic tale of political corruption. The public facts strongly suggest that Lee defrauded the government and laundered campaign contributions to a candidate through third parties in violation of state law. Lee has yet to publicly deny the allegations.
Former Mayor Willie Brown appointed Julie Lee to the San Francisco Housing Authority (SFHA) Commission, where she currently serves as president. According to the SFHA’s website, “The primary mission of the SFHA is to provide safe, sanitary, affordable, and decent housing to very low-income families, senior citizens and persons with disabilities.” The SFHA’s budget is over $200 million.
Several members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors have called for Lee’s resignation from the Commission, but Mayor Newsom has not asked Lee to resign.
Lee should resign immediately from the Housing Authority Commission because of the appearance of impropriety. If she does not, the Commission will operate under a cloud of suspicion, and will not be able to focus on its mission to provide affordable housing to low income San Franciscans.
Please Take Action to demand that Julie Lee resign from the SFHA Commission immediately.