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SF Ethics Commission Chairman Ben Hur Comments on City's Mayoral Race

San Francisco Chronicle

The San Francisco Chronicle interviewed Keker & Van Nest partner Ben Hur about the increasingly contentious San Francisco mayoral race for the article, "Ed Lee Faces More Scrutiny as he Enters S.F. Race." San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has decided to officially became a mayoral candidate for a full four-year term, despite promising seven months ago he wouldn't run. Criticism came as a group of his supporters behind the "Run, Ed, Run" campaign were the subject of a hearing late Monday before the city's Ethics Commission over campaign finance issues, including whether anyone involved in the effort could work on Lee's mayoral campaign.

Mr. Hur, who serves as chairman of the Ethics Commission commented, "My concern is this could be taken advantage of in the future. We don't want a situation where no one is a candidate until hundreds of thousand or millions of dollars are spent."

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Ben Hur focuses on complex commercial disputes, white collar criminal and securities defense, and intellectual property litigation. He has tried numerous criminal and civil cases in state and federal courts, including over half a dozen as first chair. He has represented executives and board members of publicly traded companies in federal courts and before the Securities and Exchange Commission. He has also defended both large and small corporations in commercial and intellectual property disputes in courts across the United States and before the International Trade Commission.