Sacramento, CA – Today, Big Oil companies disclosed television and digital advertising targeting Sacramento voters totaling more than $3 million. Local TV stations confirmed that the “Coalition To Restore California’s Middle Class, Including Energy Companies Who Produce Gas, Oil, Jobs And Pay Taxes” has made major ad time purchases to saturate Sacramento with ads opposing Dave Jones for State Senate. The PAC and its ads are funded exclusively by four fossil fuel companies. The only contributions received by this PAC during the last year are: Chevron – $2.65 million, Valero – $2.5 million, Phillips 66 – $2 million, and Marathon Oil – $1.5 million.
Dave Jones released the following statement:
“Big Oil wants to buy this Senate seat for Angelique Ashby, and they’re hoping that voters won’t notice who is behind the lies they’re telling. I have devoted my career to fighting for people over corporations and defending our environment, and I’m proud to have the support of the California Democratic Party, the Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood, and nurses, teachers and grocery store workers. Big Oil is making up ridiculous lies to buy this senate seat for Angelique Ashby, but I trust the voters to see through them. For anyone looking for the truth, please visit davejonesforsenate.com/bigoil and remember to vote on Tuesday, November 8.”
A full list of Dave Jones’ endorsements, including the endorsement of the California Democratic Party, can be found here.
ABOUT DAVE JONES
Dave Jones began his career as a legal aid attorney, providing free legal assistance to the poor with Legal Services of Northern California. In 1995, he was one of only 13 Americans awarded the prestigious White House Fellowship. Dave served for three years as Special Assistant and Counsel to United States Attorney General Janet Reno.
As a Sacramento City Councilmember from 1999 to 2004, Dave authored groundbreaking laws requiring developers to build more affordable housing, paying workers a living wage, and recognizing domestic partnerships. Dave represented Sacramento in the State Assembly from 2004 through 2010, where he chaired the Assembly Health Committee, the Assembly Judiciary Committee, and the Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services. Dave authored 70 bills that were signed into law and was a champion for protecting consumers, expanding access to healthcare, building affordable housing, expanding early child education, protecting the environment, and fighting for working families.
Dave served as California’s seventh Insurance Commissioner between 2011 and 2018, where he worked on behalf of 38 million Californians. In this role, he saved consumers and businesses over $3.11 billion in premiums by regulating rates for auto, homeowners, and other property and casualty insurance. He also implemented healthcare reform, including market reforms to protect consumers and expanded access to health insurance. Since leaving office as Insurance Commissioner, Dave has worked to combat climate change as a Senior Director for The Nature Conservancy and as the Director of the Climate Risk Initiative at UC Berkeley’s Center for Law, Energy and the Environment (CLEE).
Dave is a graduate of DePauw University, Harvard Law School, and the Kennedy School of Government. He and his wife, Kim Flores, are residents of the Curtis Park neighborhood of Sacramento and are the proud parents of two children.