The Chevron-funded campaign committee Moving Forward spent more than $100,000 in support of council candidates Gary Bell, Nat Bates and Bea Roberson between Aug. 9 and Sept. 28, campaign disclosures filed with the City Clerk show. Moving Forward’s money comes solely from a $1.2 million contribution from Chevron.
The committee, which was formed on July 6, spent $90,000 on billboards and campaign literature supporting the reelection of Bates. Bates received only $1,420 in direct campaign contributions between July 1 and Sept. 30, which he disclosed in his own filing last Friday. Moving Forward spent more than $12,000 in support of Bell and Roberson.
The Moving Forward filings also reveal that the organization has spent more than $37,000 in websites and campaign literature in opposition to Richmond Progressive Alliance candidates Marilyn Langlois and Eduardo Martinez, including an anti-Langlois website that made waves last week.
The committee still has more than $1 million in available funds.