Oil, gas giants dump over $120,500 into 38th Assembly District race in favor of AcostaMai Nguyen Do November 2, 2018 0 COMMENTS
With days left until the general election, a political action committee largely funded by oil and gas companies is spending $120,616 on digital media in support of Dante Acosta (R-Santa Clarita).
The PAC – the Coalition to Restore California’s Middle Class, Including Energy Companies who Produce Gas, Oil, Jobs and Pay Taxes – paid for consulting, production and circulation of a digital advertisement in favor of Acosta on Oct. 30, according to a late independent expenditure report filed the same day.
The three largest donors to the committee are Chevron, Phillips 66 and Valero Energy.
Other donors to the committee include Tesoro Companies and California Resources Corporation, according to the California Secretary of State. California Resources Corporation also donated directly to Acosta’s 2016 campaign.
The California Resources Corporation website notes that the company operates 28 oil fields in the Ventura Basin – which includes sections of the district in Ventura County, Simi Valley and the Santa Clarita Valley.
In addition, Acosta’s re-election campaign has accepted $23,500 in contributions directly from Chevron, Exxon and the California Independent Petroleum Association.
Although oil money is flowing to 47 other Democratic Assembly candidates, Christy Smith, Acosta’s challenger, has signed the No Fossil Fuel Money pledge. The commitment to not accept contributions from the fossil fuel industry is endorsed by organizations such as Climate Hawks Vote, Greenpeace and Food & Water Action Fund.
Mai Nguyen Do is a Vietnamese American poet and researcher. She is a lifelong Santa Clarita resident and a College of the Canyons graduate. She is also the author of Ghosts Still Walking (2016) and Battlefield Blooming (2019). Find her on Twitter @DoNguyenMai.