Capitol Weekly’s Top 100: Jason Kinney

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38. Jason Kinney

Jason Kinney appears to be everywhere at once, in touch with a lot of moving parts. The Capitol is his home turf and, amazingly, he seems to know everybody’s business – not just that of his own clients. A former communications man and speechwriter for Gray Davis, Kinney struck out on his own, working first with California Strategies; A few years ago, he founded Axiom Advisors along with Cassie Gilson (no. 51) and ex-Newsom staffer Kevin Schmidt. Axiom Advisors is doing just fine, adding former Assemblywoman Autumn Burke and staffer Molly Weedn along the way, and boasting a hefty client list that includes Facebook, Netflix, AT&T, Centene, CBIA, CMA and the National Football League. He was in the spotlight last year after the governor attended Kinney’s birthday party at the posh French Laundry eatery, and was photographed without his COVID mask – contrary to what he had been urging the public. The flap ultimately appears not to have hurt Newsom much, and for people who watch these things it was a clear indicator that Kinney was on the inside.

Updated Aug. 9, 2022

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