by Julian LaRosa
State Sen. Scott Wiener’s re-election website recently posted a Green New Deal pledge, including a vow not to accept contributions over $200 from oil, gas and coal industry executives, lobbyists or PACs. However, according to filing reports with the California Secretary of State’s office, Wiener has accepted over $23,000 in campaign contributions above $200 from the fossil fuel industry, including corporations such as PG&E, Southern California Edison, Calpine Corp., and Sempra Energy. An independent expenditure supporting Scott Wiener has also accepted $170,000 in donations from fossil fuel corporations including Chevron, Southern California Edison and Sempra Energy.
California voters are increasingly supportive of a Green New Deal, a policy first presented by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Catastrophic fires, often the consequence of negligence by corporations such as PG&E and Southern California Edison, have caused billions of dollars in damage across the state, air quality emergencies, illness and death.
“From day one of my campaign,” says Fielder, “I pledged not to accept contributions from the fossil fuel industry, their lobbyists or their executives. . . .”
State Senate candidate Jackie Fielder is challenging the incumbent senator. Her platform includes a Green New Deal for California.
“From day one of my campaign,” says Fielder, “I pledged not to accept contributions from the fossil fuel industry, their lobbyists or their executives. We need an independent leader to take on the climate crisis and hold polluters accountable – not an incumbent who signs pledges with one hand while accepting donations with the other.”
Jackie Fielder has a long record of environmental advocacy. After graduating from Stanford with both a BA in Public Policy and a Masters in Sociology, Fielder joined the Indigenous Resistance against oil pipeline construction in her ancestral land in the Dakotas and organized internationally for divestment and environmental justice.
In 2017 she co-founded the San Francisco Public Bank Coalition – passing statewide legislation and introducing a local ordinance to take San Francisco’s multi-billion dollar budget out of the Wall Street banks financing the fossil fuel industry.
Fielder has been endorsed by the California Teachers Association; the United Educators of San Francisco; SF Supervisors Gordon Mar, Hillary Ronen and Dean Preston; and Indigenous and climate leaders across the country.
Julian LaRosa, campaign coordinator, Jackie Fielder for State Senate 2020, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.