'Melrose Place' Actress, 49ers Linebacker Among Gavin Newsom's Top Donors

Actress Daphne Zuniga, seen here as 'Princess Vespa,' thinks Gavin Newsom is the best lieutenant governor candidate in the galaxy
As goes Daphne Zuniga goes the lieutenant governor's race -- or so Gavin Newsom would hope.

We reported earlier today that San Francisco's mayor has both the internal polling numbers and a huge financial advantage over Democratic challenger Janice Hahn. But he's also the backing of the Melrose Place actress Zuniga -- and a handful of other eye-opening donors.

Poring over the records of who saw fit to hand Newsom $1,000 or more turns up several household -- or quasi-household -- names:

Perhaps this image won Gavin Newsom the support of a current 49er?

There's Zuniga, of course, perhaps Encino's best-known resident whom everyone fell in love with following her turn as Princess Vespa in Spaceballs. Did you know her first screen credit was for The Dorm That Dripped Blood? Now you do. She lists her employer as "Hallmark Television" and ponied up $2,500;

"Professional football player" Travis Laboy, who lists his employer as the "San Francisco 49ers" dropped Newsom $1,500. Hopefully, the Niners' linebacker also drops plenty of opponents this year, too.

Charlotte Mailliard Shultz is the namesake for City Hall's staircase, wife of former Secretary of State George Schultz, and the state's Chief of Protocol. She also kicked down $10 grand.

Carmen Policy lists his profession as "vintner." Boy, we sure did used to enjoy his reds -- and golds -- back when he was president of the 49ers. He gave $2,500.

Newsom certainly enjoyed a healthy smile when the Union of American Physicians & Dentists Medical Defense Fund kicked him $7,000.

Elon Musk, the South African-born physicist, Tesla CEO, and PayPal co-founder dropped Newsom $6,500. Last year the CEO of SpaceX he gave $10,000 toward Newsom's gubernatorial campaign -- which went the way of Apollo 1, sadly.  

Thomas Coates, the sugar daddy for a statewide anti-rent control proposition Newsom decried, sent him $2,000. Last year, he handed Newsom's gubernatorial campaign $25,000.

Newsom's mayoral chief of staff, Steve Kawa, gave his boss $2,500.

And, finally, Newsom received $6,500 apiece from his in-laws, Kenneth and Judy Siebel and $1,000 from his wife, Jennifer. Maybe now he'll return their calls.


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