Big Oil Beacon

Shining a light on big oil's influence

Shining a light on big oil's influence

Legislators in Sacramento have a choice: represent their constituents or Big Oil. This website highlights the facts as they consider an oil extraction tax.

Californians are hurting. Badly. We have the highest poverty rate in the nation. The safety net is in tatters. Vital support for childcare, healthcare, nutrition, and housing were slashed during the Great Recession and have yet to be restored. Since 2000, tuition at the University of California has increased more than 300%, while the CSU system and community colleges have also made enormous increases.

All other major oil producing states -- like Texas and Alaska -- have a similar tax. California is the 4th largest oil producing state, but because Big Oil has a toxic influence on California's politics, a tax has never been passed.

UPDATE: On April 24th, the legislators below voted on whether to pass an oil extraction tax that would raise $2 billion for California, and it passed! Check out who stood up to Big Oil and who sold out.

UPDATE #2: On May 7th, the Senate Governance & Finance Committee passed SB 1017 (the oil extraction tax) onto the Senate Appropriations Committee!

Cathleen Galgiani (D)
916-651-4005
Stockton
SD5
Campaign Contributions from Big Oil:
$47,600
Constituents in Poverty:
224,161
UC/CSU Student Loan Debt, Class of 2013:
$29.4 million
Poor Kids Without Childcare:
9,299
Supports Oil Export Tax:
No
Lou Correa (D)
916-651-4034
Santa Ana
SD34
Campaign Contributions from Big Oil:
$57,650
Constituents in Poverty:
364,380
UC/CSU Student Loan Debt, Class of 2013:
$213.3 million
Poor Kids Without Childcare:
10,635
Supports Oil Export Tax:
No
Ben Hueso (D)
916-651-4040
San Diego
SD40
Campaign Contributions from Big Oil:
$13,900
Constituents in Poverty:
486,978
UC/CSU Student Loan Debt, Class of 2013:
$223.4 million
Poor Kids Without Childcare:
7,710
Supports Oil Export Tax:
Yes
Mark Wyland (R)
916-651-4038
Escondido
SD38
Campaign Contributions from Big Oil:
$28,550
Constituents in Poverty:
446,364
UC/CSU Student Loan Debt, Class of 2013:
$223.4 million
Poor Kids Without Childcare:
6,760
Supports Oil Export Tax:
No
Bob Huff (R)
916-651-4029
Diamond Bar
SD29
Campaign Contributions from Big Oil:
$69,400
Constituents in Poverty:
363,380
UC/CSU Student Loan Debt, Class of 2013:
$213.3 million
Poor Kids Without Childcare:
10,635
Supports Oil Export Tax:
No
Bill Monning (D)
916-651-4017
Carmel
SD17
Campaign Contributions from Big Oil:
$700
Constituents in Poverty:
326,328
UC/CSU Student Loan Debt, Class of 2013:
$93.3 million
Poor Kids Without Childcare:
16,813
Supports Oil Export Tax:
Yes
Carol Liu (D)
916-651-4025
La Canada Flintridge
SD25
Campaign Contributions from Big Oil:
$14,600
Constituents in Poverty:
148,741
UC/CSU Student Loan Debt, Class of 2013:
$179.8 million
Poor Kids Without Childcare:
20,593
Supports Oil Export Tax:
Yes
Marty Block (D)
916-651-4039
San Diego
SD39
Campaign Contributions from Big Oil:
$2,000
Constituents in Poverty:
446,364
UC/CSU Student Loan Debt, Class of 2013:
$223.4 million
Poor Kids Without Childcare:
6,760
Supports Oil Export Tax:
Yes
Loni Hancock (D)
916-651-4009
Berkeley
SD9
Campaign Contributions from Big Oil:
$6,700
Constituents in Poverty:
301,075
UC/CSU Student Loan Debt, Class of 2013:
$169.4 million
Poor Kids Without Childcare:
7,028
Supports Oil Export Tax:
Yes
Cathleen Galgiani (D)
916-651-4005
SD5
Stockton
$47,600 224,161 $29.4 million 9,299
Lou Correa (D)
916-651-4034
SD34
Santa Ana
$57,650 364,380 $213.3 million 10,635
Ben Hueso (D)
916-651-4040
SD40
San Diego
$13,900 486,978 $223.4 million 7,710
Mark Wyland (R)
916-651-4038
SD38
Escondido
$28,550 446,364 $223.4 million 6,760
Bob Huff (R)
916-651-4029
SD29
Diamond Bar
$69,400 363,380 $213.3 million 10,635
Bill Monning (D)
916-651-4017
SD17
Carmel
$700 326,328 $93.3 million 16,813
Carol Liu (D)
916-651-4025
SD25
La Canada Flintridge
$14,600 148,741 $179.8 million 20,593
Marty Block (D)
916-651-4039
SD39
San Diego
$2,000 446,364 $223.4 million 6,760
Loni Hancock (D)
916-651-4009
SD9
Berkeley
$6,700 301,075 $169.4 million 7,028
  1. Big Oil Floods the Capitol: How California’s Oil Companies Funnel Funds Into the Legislature (Details here: http://www.refundcalifornia.org/bigoilfloodsthecapitol)
  2. "Constituents in Poverty" determined by poverty rate in home cities/counties multiplied against 2013 county population totals. (Details here: http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/index.html)
  3. "UC/CSU Student Loan Debt, Class of 2013" determined by projected debt of 2013 college graduates at UC and CSU campuses in or directly adjacent to Senate District. Data compiled by The Institute for College Access & Success. College InSight, http://college-insight.org. Student debt and undergraduate financial aid data are licensed from Peterson's Undergraduate Financial Aid and Undergraduate Databases, © 2013 Peterson's, a Nelnet company, all rights reserved. All data may be reproduced, with attribution, subject to restrictions under the Creative Commons license.
  4. "Poor Kids Without Childcare" determined by unmet childcare needs of poor families in legislator's home counties. (Details here: http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/ci/documents/cellegrpt11.pdf)