This simple chart shows who’s the people-powered candidate in California’s 44th District.
Money from small-dollar donors, from October 1 to October 19, 2016:
Unfortunately, Isadore Hall is still outspending Nanette Barragán, relying on campaign cash from big polluters to fund deceptive ads. When the oil companies saw that their favorite California state legislator Isadore Hall might not have a chance to jump up to Congress, they funded an outside PAC, the ironically named “California Progress Coalition.” And the PAC is pouring money into deceptive mailers — $30,610 last week, then another $27,411 on Sunday.
Hall isn’t above deceptive mailers himself. He put out a mailer claiming that he’d been endorsed by Progressive Democrats of America. To the contrary, not only has PDA endorsed Barragan, but her race is one of PDA’s top priorities.
Barragán has also been endorsed by Democracy for America — you might have heard her talking climate change last night on a national telephone town hall with Michael Moore last night.
The Los Angeles Times has endorsed Barragán, twice (in both the primary and the general election).
Climate Hawks Vote was the first climate organization to endorse, and we’ve since been joined by the Sierra Club and League of Conservation Voters. By contrast, in recent years Hall was rated the second largest recipient of money from Big Oil out of all of California’s state legislators.
Nanette is running a grassroots-powered campaign with 50 times more money from small-dollar donors — but it’s not enough to catch up to the funds that Hall has raised from corporate polluters. The 44th District is a deep blue working class district in an industrialized section of Los Angeles.
Nanette Barragán will be one of the strongest climate champions we have in Congress. As a city councilmember, Nanette led the fight to block oil drilling in the Santa Monica Bay. She’s been linking bad air in the industrial district to high asthma rates and touting her reputation as a fracking fighter. And she refuses Big Oil money.
Her Democratic opponent hangs out with lobbyists for Western States Petroleum Association. As a state senator, Isadore Hall signed letters written by WSPA and voted down a fracking moratorium. And if he wins on Election Day, he’ll likely have the dubious distinction of being California’s most oil-friendly Democratic member of Congress.
The most recent polls have the race neck-and-neck. Climate Hawks Vote is calling voters in five languages. And the voters we reach, including first-time voters, are excited to be voting for Nanette when they hear her life story. When lots of people come together to power a campaign from the bottom up, amazing things can happen. Can you chip in to help power Nanette Barragan’s people powered campaign?