GOP kingmakers? Sonsini, Feldman.
Don’t think that Wilson Sonsini is just a bunch of Democrats run amok, what with John Roos becoming Obama’s ambassador to Japan. The most powerful man at the firm, Larry Sonsini himself, is an out-and-out Republican. And tonight he and another powerful Wilson partner, Boris Feldman, will be hosting a fundraiser for Carly Fiorina, former HP CEO and apparently the Republicans’ best chance at taking down three-term California Senator Barbara Boxer.
Sure, Fiorina is richer than God, but doesn’t seem like she’s got much of a chance against Boxer, a California fav who usually wins by a landslide. Still it can’t hurt to have friends like Sonsini and Feldman. Says a Fiorina campaign staffer: “Both are long-time friends of Carly’s, and she is grateful for their support.”
Feldman, a securities litigator and the Annie Leibovitz of Silicon Valley, has always been a staunch Republican. Sonsini has too, donating money to the presidential campaigns of W, Rudy Giuliani and, finally, John McCain. But Sonsini also has a soft-spot for local Democratic congresswoman Anna Eshoo. As in many previous years, he has once again turned his pockets inside out for her. And Eshoo has always repaid the kindness. Remember the congressional hearings on the HP pre-texting scandal?
— Zusha Elinson