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Hadley Sidesteps Positions on Issues that Would Affect his Oil Company Donors

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Assemblyman David Hadley is continuing his tradition of accepting thousands of dollars in oil company money to fund his campaigns. His campaign has taken in $25,000 from oil and energy companies, including Chevron, whose Richmond, California refinery explosion caused 15,000 people to seek treatment at local hospitals, and the Independent Petroleum Association, funded by E&B Oil, the company behind the residential oil drilling proposal in Hermosa Beach.

And the presence of oil money shows. He refused to take a position on the Torrance ExxonMobil explosion, saying instead he would “study the issue.” Further, he never even took a position on oil drilling off the coast of Hermosa Beach. Instead, as has become his go-to strategy, he ducked the issue again - saying he would let the voters decide the issue.

Well the voters decided, alright. By refusing to allow oil drilling off the coast, they made it very clear that they don’t particularly like oil companies, including the ones that are supporting Hadley’s campaign.

“Thanks to his special oil company campaign donors, when the tough decisions need to be made on issues like oil drilling or the refinery explosion, he consistently sidesteps them. He wouldn’t want to upset his top donors, now would he? He consistently ducks the issues, and the voters pay,” says xxx. “The voters deserve better in Sacramento. They deserve a real leader who will make real decisions without the corrupting influence of oil money.”

Hadley and his oil money influence 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.

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