Following Newsom's money trail to City Hall and beyond

Newsom's money bags keep getting bigger

The Chronicle reports that Jennifer Matz of the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development is the leading contender to replace Mayor Michael Cohen, who announced his resignation yesterday as Gavin Newsom’s top economic advisor.

Newsom’s most recent campaign finance filings in the Lt. Governor’s race show that Matz contributed $1,000 to the Newsom for California campaign.

Matz’s contribution pales in comparison to the $2,000 that PG&E’s Dana Williamson put into Newsom’s hat, or the $2,500 that Barbara Streisand dropped, the $5,000 that the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) plunked down, and  the $12,5000 that the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters injected into the race.

But it’s the same amount the Teamsters coughed up, venture capitalist Joanna Rees popped for, Charles Schwab’s Ann Insley threw down, AT&T’s Ken McNeely gave, and realtor Victor Makras contributed to Newsom last month, helping his campaign raise $345,654 between May 23 and June 30.

And hopefully, if Matz becomes the next director of MOEWD, the Chron will run the correct photo when they write articles about her, something that can’t be said for the print edition of the article about Cohen’s resignation on Chronicle news stands today...


Is this news?

Posted by Guest on Aug. 20, 2010 @ 6:33 pm


Posted by Guest on Aug. 20, 2010 @ 11:15 pm

I don't get the point of this article. And isn't it overstating to say a $1,000 contribution "pales in comparison" to a $2,000 contribution?

Posted by Patrick Doolittle on Aug. 21, 2010 @ 9:24 am

Who gives what to which campaign is always news to my mind.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 21, 2010 @ 12:05 pm

Simple things amuse simple minds, I suppose!

Posted by Guest on Aug. 22, 2010 @ 1:21 am

How much was from "developers"?

Treasure Island
Bay View Hunter's Point
Eastern Neighborhoods
Market Octavia

and nameless other developments feeding the speculative frenzy...?

Posted by Guest on Aug. 24, 2010 @ 1:45 pm

Venture capitalists and real estate interests figure prominently among Newsom's campaign contributions. As does Hollywood and some unions.


Posted by sarah on Aug. 25, 2010 @ 12:38 pm

It says that Newsom should have held out for more than $1K before promising Matz the job.

Posted by G.S. on Sep. 05, 2010 @ 12:15 pm