If you aren't familiar with the term, it's what happens when a rival campaign collects opposition research and dumps it into the hands of a journalist eager to make a saucy headline.
This oppo dump closely follows billionaire Ron Conway launching his negative attacks and it means the same thing: our campaign has real momentum. [...]
- You're listed in records at the secretary of state's office as the agent of service for Ivy Enterprises, a subsidiary of Kiss that your father helped found. Were you paid to do that and if so, why don't you report that income?
That's not me; it is a different Jane Kim. Kim is actually a very common Korean name. Even though we received these questions less than 24 hours ago, my team Googled "Jane Kim" and "Ivy Enterprises," called the company and spoke to this other Jane Kim who confirmed her employment. I would suggest the Chronicle also verify information received from opposition research in the future. [...]
- What would it normally cost to hire a lawyer to do that?
I have no idea. Ask the other Jane Kim.
Reminder: find out what Vulture Capitalist Ron Conway wants, and always do the opposite. He is the "AirBnB Lobby", and was the hand firmly lodged up Ed Lee's butt. The fact that he is endorsing London Breed means that he owns her, and that he can rely on her to continue facilitating his companies' raiding of the commons for private enrichment.
Ron Conway, the tech titan, plutocrat, and political bully, said in March that he was "too busy" to get involved in the SF Mayor's race. He had already endorsed London Breed, but his strong-arm antics have made him unpopular in some parts of town, and Breed has made an effort to say she is not his pawn.
But apparently Conway's wife, Gayle -- whose wealth comes largely as a result of her marriage -- is not too busy. She has just funded a new independent expenditure committee that is attacking Sup. Jane Kim. [...] The ad says that it has "major funding" from Gayle Conway. The Chron reports that Gayle Conway put up $200,000. [...]
The reality is that Conway opposes Kim and supports Breed because Kim has voted to more tightly regulate Airbnb and other companies that Conway has invested in, and Breed has voted against those regulations.
In the letter, he essentially tells donors how to get around campaign finance rules and run unlimited corporate and individual money through a state PAC, Progress SF, which will then donate it to independent-expenditure committees supporting Breed.
You may remember Conway from such 2016, 2015 and 2014 hits as:
While yes it is technically legal it is hella shady. The main difference between an activist group or a union sending out a voter guide is that they do not employ the people they are targeting. Ron Conway has invested in over 500 tech companies and while none of those are listed in the letter, the "and many others" obviously implies he will be sending this to the CEOs of the companies who need Ron Conway's money for more backing. That is some fucked up shit!
It's also shady that he's asking the CEOs pretend that it's just some random voter guide they came across instead of one sent to them BY THE GUY WHO PAYS THEM MONEY. Come on Ron we knew you were a slimy creep but this is taking it too far.
What kind of slimy creep? I'm glad you asked! Ron Conway is also the guy who bank rolled Ed Lee's Reelection campaign -- after Ed Lee enacted tax breaks for the companies Ron Conway invests in (like twitter and AirBnB). Ron Conway also drops hundreds of thousands of dollars into local campaigns to smear the reputations of solid progressive candidates who are running against people Conway backs. Independent expenditure committees funded by Conway have put out propaganda in this election suggesting that a vote for Jane Kim is an endorsement of domestic violence. He did the same thing against David Campos in 2014.