New report criticizes Chevron’s spending in California politics

Jacob Shea
23 November 2016

Last week, an international coalition of unions released a scathing report on Chevron’s political spending and tax avoidance in California.

“Chevron is one of the largest corporate spenders on politics and lobbying in California,” stated the report, The Chevron Way: Polluting California and Degrading Democracy, which was produced by the London-based International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF).

According to the report, Chevron has spent more than $37 million on contributions to candidates and committees in California state races alone since January 2009. The oil company spent an additional $24 million on lobbying in the state during that time, according to the report

“The negative thing is that they can still get away with doing this,” said Jason Ward, Senior Global Strategist at ITWF. But, he added, “I think that there is a growing awareness of corporate money in politics in California.”

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