This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
SACRAMENTO -- The arrest Wednesday of state Sen.
Yee was prohibited from running for reelection to the Senate this year because of term limits and had launched a campaign to become the state's top elections officer.
He was among eight candidates for the statewide post and had spent more than $600,000 so far this year on his candidacy, ending up March 17 with $135,000 in the bank, the third-largest amount reported by the candidates in filings this week.
Other contenders include Dan Schnur, a no-party-preference candidate, who reported $260,441 in his campaign account; Democrat Derek Cressman, who had $77,316 on hand; and Republican candidate Pete N. Peterson, who had $1,637 in available funds.
“If you have been arrested in an anti-corruption campaign, it creates a mountain to overcome for a candidate for secretary of state,” said Raphael Sonenshein, executive director of the Pat
Cressman, a former director of Common Cause, said the Yee case is a “wake-up call,” coming on the heels of criminal charges against state Sens.
"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."
[For the Record, 7:15 p.m. PST, March 26: A previous version of this post stated Yee is one of five candidates for secretary of State. He is one of eight.]