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星期三, 9月 07, 2016

Leland Cheung Calls For Senator Jehlen To Honor 350 Mass Action Pledge By Giving Back Fossil Fuel Donations

Leland Cheung Calls For Senator Jehlen To Honor 350 Mass Action Pledge By Giving Back Fossil Fuel Donations

Cambridge -- State Senator Pat Jehlen contradicted the progressive values for which she has been so vocally advocating during this campaign cycle.

State Senator Jehlen’s campaign finance report failed to adhere to the spirit of the 350 Mass Action pledge Clean Money For Climate Pledge (the Pledge) after only having been signed on to the pledge for a total of 6 days. State Senator Jehlen accepting donations from a lobbyist with connections to the fossil fuel industry.

The Pledge bluntly outlines by signing a candidate agrees to “refuse campaign contributions of $200 and over from executives, in-house lobbyists and others employed by the ten fossil fuel and utility companies". Among the fossil fuel companies listed on the top ten list include BP, Chevron and Exxon Mobil.

After doing a basic search on the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF) website, Senator Jehlen failed to meet these standards by taking donations from William Coyne, Jr. Mr. Coyne, a notable Beacon Hill lobbyist, was paid $24,618.48 on January 1, 2016 by Exxon Mobil for "matters affecting major integrated oil and gas".

On two separate occasions, once on May 10, 2016, and June 28, 2016, Senator Jehlen accepted $200.00 from Mr. Coyne. These two donations, both separately and together, contradict the spirit of the pledge..

Senator Jehlen has publicly stated that she has not read her own campaign finance reports, but signing blind pledges is a part of a bigger trend that includes $10,945.34 in completely anonymous money this year alone to her campaign , and $71,935.54 lifetime - donations marked as “unitemized” in OCPF.

As a result, City Councillor Cheung is calling on State Senator Jehlen to immediately return the money in order to honor her own word and to not corrupt the spirit of this greatly needed Clean Money For Climate Pledge.

Cambridge City Councillor Leland Cheung is running for State Senate in the Democratic primary in 2nd Middlesex District, which includes Cambridge, Medford, Somerville, and Winchester. The Massachusetts state primary is set for Thursday September 8th, 2016.