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 Ridley-Thomas 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. Ridley-Thomas represents one of the MOST progressive districts in the entire state, while his voting record makes him one of the LEAST progressive Democrats in the Assembly.
He has received substantial financial backing from the the oil, gas, and energy industries, a close relationship that may explain why he DID NOT support two game-changing climate bills (AB 356 & SB 32), in direct opposition to his constituents’ support for fighting climate change.
Asm. Ridley-Thomas also did not support a bill that that would have curbed an unjust, racist policy called Civil Asset Forfeiture (SB 443) and a bill to protect consumers from unexpected medical bills (AB 533). Not surprisingly, Asm. Ridley-Thomas has received significant contributions from the medical industry. He also opposed other legislation 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 SEBASTIAN RIDLEY-THOMAS:
“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.”