By Roger Straw, August 14, 2019
Tim Grayson is Benicia’s Representative in the California State Assembly. First elected in 2016 and re-elected in 2018, he has begun campaigning for a final term in 2020. The primary election is set for March 3, and Tim is well on his way to a huge advantage, having raised over $285,000 in the first half of 2019.
An August 14 report in the Vallejo Times-Herald detailed Grayson’s 2019 campaign contributors , including that he “received donations from several petroleum and energy resources businesses, including Valero Services, Inc. ($2,000)….”
Valero wasn’t alone. The following Big Oil & Energy companies were generous to Tim this year:
|OIL OR GAS COMPANY||AMOUNT|
|Chevron Corporation and its Subsidiaries/Affiliates||$4,700|
|Valero Services, Inc.||$2,000|
|Tesoro Companies, Inc.||$1,000|
|Signal Hill Petroleum, Inc.||$1,000|
|Seneca Resources Company, LLC||$1,000|
|Phillips 66 Company, LLC||$1,000|
|PBF Holding Company, LLC||$1,500|
|Macpherson Oil Company||$1,500|
|E & B Natural Resources Management Corporation||$2,000|
|California Independent Petroleum Association PAC
(Note: Vallejo Times-Herald reported only $2,500, but there were 2 additional non-monetary donations, totaling $4,650)
|TOTAL FROM OIL & ENERGY||$20,350|
It is interesting to compare Grayson’s war chest with that of Benicia’s State Senator, Bill Dodd. According to the California Secretary of State, Dodd has taken ZERO DOLLARS from the oil & energy industry in 2019. Here’s Dodd’s downloadable excel spreadsheet.
Both of Benicia’s representatives have already taken in huge amounts for their re-election in 2020: Grayson over $285,000 and Dodd over $330,000. Both have received contributions from a wide variety of corporate and organizational interest groups, including many political action committees (PACs).
It is a fair question to ask, how will our representatives in Sacramento thank their big donors?