In David vs David, Chiu Scores Donations from Reid Hoffman, Dave Morin, and Other Tech Bigs; Campos Wins the Artists

Scott Lucas | August 1, 2014 | Story Politics

In the last few months, Supervisor David Chiu has out-raised his opponent for a seat in the State Assembly, Supervisor David Campos, by $202,961 to $79,812, according to public filings. Chiu's campaign account now has a significant amount of cash on hand over his competitor—$500,000 to $20,000.

But it's not just the totals that matter. It's the identities of the donors. Thanks to the public filings, you can find out exactly who gave money or donated in-kind services to each candidate. (See the form for Campos here and Chiu here.)

So who are the donors to each candidate? If you've been paying attention to the race, they line up pretty much as you would have guessed. Artist for Campos, tech sector employees for Chiu.

Campos received donations from a total of 144 sources. Of those, 45 are self-described "artists." (One more is an "art framer.") He also picked up $2650 in non-monetary contributions from former Mayoral candidate and current public defender Matt Gonzalez (who, perhaps surprisingly does not list his current occupation as artist.) Campos also received $4,100—the maximum allowable—from Tom Ammiano, the termed-out occupant of the seat; another $500 came in from Eliana Lopez, the wife of Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi. The supervisor also received two donations from City College employees and $25 from a manager at Delfina.

Chiu, on the other hand, received donations from exactly zero sources identifying themselves as artists. Of his 552 total donations, he picked up checks from 66 attorneys, 31 physicians, and four real estate brokers. Most interesting, though, was his support from well-known names in the tech industry. Dave Morin, the CEO of Path, kicked in $4,100. So did Reid Hoffman, CEO of LinkedIn, and Kevin Scott, a senior VP at LinkedIn and the founder of SunRun. Six separate Google employees, mostly mid-level, kicked in an aggregated sum of $2,050. Chiu also received $24,400 from six member of the Gap-owning Fisher family.

Does that mean that either candidate would act differently in office based on the contributions? Probably not. Is it an indication of the interest groups that think each candidate would be better for them and the city? You'd better believe it.

Side note: There were no reported contributions to either candidate from the FBI. Just so you know.

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