Couple Gave $245K To Jeff Adachi Pension Measure. Will They Give More To See It Pass?
According to forms Adachi filed with the Ethics Commission, he amassed $314,285 in short order and spent $157,662 of it. But the eye-catcher was that $245,000 of that total came from one married couple: Pacific Heights' Michael Moritz, the principal of Sequoia Capital, and his novelist wife, Harriet Heyman. It figures that the couple wouldn't just drop a quarter of a million on Adachi's cause to see organized labor slap it down come November. So is Adachi going back to that bountiful well?
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Our calls to Moritz at his place of business have not yet been returned.
Less clear is exactly how Adachi hooked up with Moritz and Heyman. The public defender said he and "a friend" simply drew up a list of likely donors and he made his case to the couple. They grilled him, were sold by the argument that ballooning pension and health care costs would divert money from city services, and wrote a check. A big check. A big check that came with no strings attached, said Adachi.
That Moritz had given money to Adachi ally Matt Gonzalez was news to the public defender. Adachi added that, while his fellow pension reform crusader Alex Gersznowicz and Moritz are both donors to the San Francisco Jewish Community Center, he was not introduced to Moritz by Gersznowicz. This, according to Adachi, was simply a cold call of a potential supporter; it seems he was swinging for the fences with a list of wealthy potential donors -- and connected here.
It also warrants mentioning that, prior to this bonanza, Moritz' political donations were limited to relatively modest handouts to Gonzalez, Gavin Newsom, and Barack Obama ($2,300 to the president). So, again, this was a hell of a find for Adachi, who claims he had no idea he'd strike it rich like this when he launched his signature-gathering drive.
"We came up with a list and I contacted people," said Adachi. "He was the only one who responded."
In the end, he was the only one who needed to.
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