The Chevron Way: Big Oil’s Vacation From East Bay Politics Won’t Last Long

COUNTERPUNCH
Steve Early
22 November 2016

In the two election cycles prior to 2016, the global energy giant Chevron spent more than $4 million on city council or mayoral races in Richmond, CA. Big Oil’s independent expenditures were so large two years ago that they drew widespread condemnation as a particularly egregious example of the unrestricted corporate spending unleashed by the Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United decision.

Chevron has taken no vacation from its longstanding, deep-pocketed work of rewarding its friends and punishing enemies, often with greater success than in Richmond. A coalition of environmental, consumer protection, labor, and political groups released a damning report last week entitled The Chevron Way: Polluting California and Degrading Democracy. (Available online here).

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