Ban on city contractor donations proves cumbersome to San Francisco mayoral hopefuls

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee
Special to The Chronicle Photo By Sarah Rice

John Coté
Chronicle Staff Writer
The San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee received five apparently illegal campaign contributions from parties with city contracts he approved, including four subcontractors on a $150 million contract to an engineering design firm working on some of the city’s biggest infrastructure projects, campaign finance records show.

He’s not the only one.

At least eight candidates vying to be elected mayor on Nov. 8 have received donations that appear to violate the city’s restrictions on contributions by contractors, a Chronicle analysis of campaign finance records shows.

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