Inside tech billionaires’ push to reshape San Francisco politics: ‘a hostile takeover’

  • February 12, 2024
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The Guardian and Mission Local unravel ‘grey money’ network flooding progressive city with conservative cash

In a way, it’s a story as old as time: ultra-wealthy figures pouring a flood of money into city politics in an effort to shape the way it is run.

Still, the political-influence machine that tech billionaires and venture capitalists have recently built in San Francisco stands out for its size and ambition. A new analysis of campaign filings, non-profit records and political contributions by the Guardian and Mission Local reveals the extent of this network, which is using its financial and organizational muscle to push the famously progressive city into adopting policies that are tougher on crime and homelessness, and more favorable to business and housing construction.

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