Saturday, May 21, 2016

New SFPD Chief Chaplin's Political Donations Reveal . . .

Mayor Ed Lee promised he would be only an interim chief executive when he was appointed to replace outgoing Gavin Newsom and he lied to the City, eventually running for a full term.

Bear that in mind as his newly-appointed chief of the San Francisco Police Department, Toney Chaplin, claims he's not interested the job on a permanent basis. We'll see about as the City gears up for a national search to hire a new top cop, now that Greg Suhr has been forced into retirement.

Let's follow the money Chaplin has donated over the years to politicians and PACs.

First. he's made no federal contributions. At the state level, he gave Mayor Lee's adviser Paul Henderson $250 in April for his campaign to become a Superior Court judge and $100 to the SF Police Officers Association's political action committee.

Second, his local donations include $100 in 1999 for Willie Brown's mayoral reelection and about $140 to the SF POA's issues PAC over the years.

Chaplin's political giving reveals support for two local politicians and the SF POA. Make of it what you will and let's make Chaplin's full resume and political leanings abundantly transparent. Same goes for any potential new permanent chief of police.

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