Oil and real estate groups are dishing out money on California Democrats. Here’s where

by Hannah Wiley, Sacramento Bee


The oil and real estate industry is contributing to fund campaigns for moderate Democrats in California in order to establish connections and favors in Sacramento. Examples include:

  • Money is given through independent expenditure committees since businesses cannot coordinate directly with the candidates 
  • In the Central Valley, an expenditure committee funded by various petroleum companies has poured about $750,000 into boosting Modesto City Councilman Mani Grewal’s Senate campaign against Susan Eggman. Most of this money has been dedicated to attack ads against Eggman
  • In the East Bay, Democrat Steve Glazer has accepted around $200,000 from committees funded by food, real estate, and health care industries for his Senate race while opponent Marisol Rubio has received $50,00 from a union committee for her campaign
  • Committees have spent over $300,000 against Johnathon Ervin who was for State Assembly in the 36th district against incumbent Republican Tom Lackey 
  • In Los Angeles, Moderate candidate Sylvia Rubio has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in funds, mostly from oil companies

California must get the oil money out of politics if the state is to meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals. The Climate Center aims to help California phase out fossil fuel-powered vehicles through legislation, and shining light on who is taking oil money will be key to holding electeds accountable.

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Brace for the deluge: Special interests are spending millions to get the California legislators they want

By Ben Christopher, Cal Matters


With primary elections coming up in California, deep-pocketed interest groups, including the fossil fuel industry, are pumping money into campaigns to secure a say in state lawmaking.

  • California’s primary is happening earlier than usual and many residents are casting their ballots early
  • Independent expenditure committees are allowed to spend as much money as they can raise and have spent $12.5 million on this upcoming election
  • Oil and gas producers, realtors and car dealers are responsible for nearly half of all outside spending
  • The Coalition to Restore California’s Middle Class and the Restore California’s Middle-Class Coalition are the California Independent Petroleum Association’s two major committees and have spent over $3.7 million on state legislative races

The Climate Center advocates for key legislation to rapidly decarbonize California. Click here to see which bills we are supporting.

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