Fixer plays key role in San Francisco drama

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Updated: 4/03 1:26 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A campaign consultant has emerged from behind-the scenes to play a key role in an intriguing political corruption case in San Francisco.

Keith Jackson was an aggressive fundraiser for state Sen. Leland Yee. Jackson first pursued contributions for Yee's unsuccessful mayoral campaign. He then solicited cash donations for Yee's now-aborted run for California secretary of state.

Jackson is now alleged to have worked with Yee to trade political favors for donations. Jackson is also alleged to have been the catalyst of a cash-for-guns scheme that involved Yee connecting an undercover FBI operative with an international arms dealer in exchange for campaign contributions.

Jackson's lawyer on Thursday will argue for his release from jail pending trial. Jackson has been in custody since his arrest last week.

His lawyer denies the charges.

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