The growing influence of corporate money in Sacramento -- from wealthy donors to corporate backed independent expenditures and political action committees (PACs) -- is making it harder and harder for California to lead as a model for the nation.
Assemblymember Jim Cooper is part of the problem. While accepting corporate contributions, he has a record of voting against the desires and best interests of his constituents.
In fact, Asm. Cooper has the FIFTH WORST voting record among all Assembly Democrats, despite his district’s clear support for more progressive policies.
He has received hefty support from the oil and energy industry, including Chevron, PG&E, and Occidental Oil and Gas. This comfy relationship with Big Oil and Big Energy may explain why he did not support two game-changing climate bills -- SB 32 and AB 356 -- in direct conflict with his constituents’ support for fighting climate change.
Asm. Cooper also voted against a bill that would have curbed an unjust, racist policy called Civil Asset Forfeiture (SB 443), and he abstained from voting on the Racial & Identity Profiling Act of 2015 (AB 953), among other legislation he opposed that would uphold the values of his constituents and the Democratic Party.
We must join together to hold him accountable.
SIGN THE PETITION TO TELL ASSEMBLYMEMBER JIM COOPER:
“I am appalled at the excessive influence corporations and the wealthy have in the halls of our state Capitol. Their priorities and profits are consistently placed over the well-being of everyday Californians. Based on what I’ve seen on The People’s Report Card of California, I believe that you are part of the problem. I respectfully ask you to stand up to these moneyed interests and demonstrate courage by representing your constituents, as well as the values of the Democratic Party.”