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Tech Billionaire Ron Conway Getting “Every Tech Employer” to Send Workers His Voter Guide

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This man is trying to steal your city.

Evil Tech Billionaire Ron Conway is once again trying to steal San Francisco. It’s like a comic book, except Bat Kid isn’t around to save us.

Yesterday Joe Eskenazi tweeted this email from Ron Conway in which Conway tries to use his weight to get every tech employer to vote his way. Please note that Ron Conway founded sfciti.org. Read below:

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This is not the first time he’s done this. SF Magazine reported on the same scheme last year.

There are a lot of things that are problematic here. 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.

So please, if you work at a tech company and you get this email tell your coworkers what bullshit it is. You can send them our voter guide instead. It’s progressive and you know for a fact that I’m not set up to make billions of dollars off people voting this way. I actually do care about San Francisco. Unlike that fucking bottom feeder Ron Conway.

Just to make your day better though here is photo of when I pinked Ron Conway. It was election day last year and someone asked us to take photo together. Ron bankrolled Ed Lee’s reelection campaign but didn’t realize I was wearing a “Beat Ed Lee” shirt. Just look at my shit-eating grin. Never trust a prankster.

ron conway and broke-ass stuart

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