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Oil Money Supports his Campaign and Dictates his Positions, Putting South Bay Beaches in Jeopardy of Being the Next Santa Barbara

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As California files criminal charges against the Texas-based oil pipeline company, Plains All-American Pipeline, for the oil leak in Santa Barbara last year, Assemblyman David Hadley continues to put the South Bay beaches at risk of becoming the next Santa Barbara. With his support of onshore drilling and fracking, he is refusing to acknowledge the inherent risk that any kind of oil drilling threatens the South Bay’s pristine beaches and the citizens who use them.

Perhaps that’s because thousands of dollars of donations to his campaign come form oil companies, just like the one that is being sued in Santa Barbara.

“Hadley is being bought and sold by the oil companies at the expense of the environment and people who live in the South Bay. If his oil company donors want onshore drilling, then so too does Hadley. He commonly says that ‘he tells it likes it is,’ but in the case of oil, he only tells it like his oil company donors want him to,” says campaign consultant Mike Shimpock. “We need a leader who will fight the oil companies and not let them run the Assembly. Al Muratsuchi was the only Assembly candidate to stand up against oil drilling in Hermosa Beach, and is the true environmentalist in this campaign. He is the kind of leader we need in Sacramento representing the 66th District.”

Hadley’s position on oil drilling is just another example of how extreme and out-of-touch he is with this moderate, bipartisan district:

  • Repeatedly voted against funding for our schools
  • Voted in lockstep with his extremist Republican colleagues against laws to protect our beaches and air from pollution and oil spills
  • Refused to support “one person, one vote” protections for voters
  • Voted with Republicans to cut Health Insurance for children
  • Opposed health care funding for patients suffering from AIDS/HIV

Republican David Hadley was elected by a 0.5% margin in the lowest turnout election in recorded California history with the aid of nearly $1.2 million in donations from a single billionaire, and has repeatedly voted against the interests of his moderate, bipartisan district.