Newsom's Latest Curious Donor: Sugar Daddy For Anti-Rent Control Proposition
|Will it burn a hole in his pocket?|
Well, it'll be interesting to see if that happens again any time soon.
As first reported Friday by the Bay Area News Group's Josh Richman, Newsom last week accepted a $25,000 donation from real estate investor Thomas J. Coates -- who pumped nearly $1 million into last year's Proposition 98, which would have abolished rent control statewide. Newsom denounced that measure -- and Prop. 98 was similarly decried by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a wide consortium of Republican- and Democrat-friendly organizations and unions -- and, ultimately, 62 percent of the state's voters (and 74 percent of San Franciscans).
So, again, it will be intriguing to see if this clash of "values" -- in which Coates not only expressed views differing strongly from Newsom's (and three-quarters of the mayor's constituents) but put his millions behind them -- warrants another "thanks but no thanks" from the erstwhile mayor's handlers.
On a bright note, Newsom's campaign finance records reveal he also last week received $15,000 in donations from an unimpeachable source -- his dad, Judge William Newsom.