Report: FBI Went After San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee in Shrimp Boy Dragnet

The report says the feds donated $20,000 to Mayor Lee's mayoral campaign

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    San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee talks to reports in front of an apartment building in San Francisco's Chinatown, Monday morning, Feb. 24, 2014.

    Shrimp Boy, Leland Yee, Joe Montana -- and Mayor Ed Lee?

    FBI agents, who spent years snaring alleged Chinatown gangster Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow and state Sen. Leland Yee, also donated $20,000 to the election effort of San Francisco's chief executive, the San Francisco Chronicle is reporting.

    The $20,000 in campaign contributions were part of the "sweeping sting" that saw FBI agents try to invest in Montana's hotels, the newspaper reported.

    The feds managed to nail Chow, Yee, and two dozen others -- but not Montana or Lee, the newspaper reported.

    A defense attorney involved in the case at one point said that Lee's campaign took the cash from the undercover feds, the newspaper reported. Undercover agents also donated to Yee, who at the time was running for mayor against Ed Lee.

    A spokesman for the mayor said that he was unaware of any such shady contributions among the 5,886 contributors who wrote over $2.1 million in checks.