Tag Archives: Company Town

Just some of the ocean of mailers sent out by campaigns to residents over the election. (Photo by Robert Rogers)

Losing candidates say corporate money may have hurt their campaigns

Chevron-funded spending committees backed several losing candidates – to the tune of $3.1 million – on Election Day. Those who were defeated are now left to wonder what happened and whether Chevron's money may have...
Eduardo Martinez gives a speech at the Richmond Progressive Alliance office while waiting for the election results to come in. (Photo by Tom Goulding)

Eduardo Martinez: Shy person turned into powerful city councilman

Three minutes past midnight, Eduardo Martinez walks out of the Richmond Progressive Alliance office. He turns around and stares back in. Still no final result. He waves goodnight to his supporters. It’s Martinez’s third time...
Richmond Vice Mayor Jovanka Beckles celebrates beside Mayor Gayle McLaughlin at RPA headquarters in Richmond Tuesday night. (Photo by Tom Goulding)

Scenes from an upset: At RPA headquarters, exhaustion and doubt turn to exhilaration

A long and tense day brought an end to an election that looks set to bring a David v Goliath story.
Panorama of Chevron refinery.

Will Chevron’s $3 Million Bid for Richmond Succeed?

As voters head to the polls, the nation's eyes will be on Richmond as the city decides the future of its leadership. Not only are Richmonders electing a new mayor and new city council members,...
Jim Rogers and Jael Myrick speak at a Hilltop District candidate forum. (Photo by Fan Fei)

Candidates benefit indirectly from Chevron campaign funds, deny link

A week ago, a website came to Richmond residents’ attention. It urges voters to support Chevron’s slate of favored candidates: Nat Bates for mayor, and Donna Powers and Charles Ramsey for City Council. And it...
Nowhere in its site description does Radio Free Richmond disclose its ties to Chevron's campaign  consultants.

Stealth Chevron consultants administer Richmond news website

In February, a slick new website showed up on Richmond’s media scene. Dubbed “Radio Free Richmond," it promised to offer its readers “independent Richmond news, without fear or favor.” But behind Radio Free Richmond’s veneer...
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Chevron’s Moving Forward negative campaign hits the airwaves

The ads take aim at current Mayor Gayle McLaughlin, councilmember Jovanka Beckles, and Eduardo Martinez, all running for seats on the City Council. The three candidates are running as a slate through the Richmond Progressive...
The Chevron refinery has long been a physical presence in Richmond. But this election year, more so than any time in the company’s history here, Chevron has nakedly embedded itself in local politics.

Why Chevron’s trying to buy Richmond’s elections

Chevron has poured millions into a campaign committee to influence Richmond's mayoral and City Council elections, and the unprecedented spending has fueled questions about what the oil titan hopes to achieve with the best city...
Richmond Working Families political action committee members posed for a group photo after the press conference in front of Richmond City Hall. (Photo by Loi Almeron)

Richmond residents and activists rally against Chevron’s campaign committee Moving Forward

About 30 sign-toting residents and activists assembled at City Hall Thursday to rail against what they say is a heavy handed attempt by Chevron Corp. to influence the Nov. 4 election. They also announced their...
Richmond Councilmember Jael Myrick, Mayor Gale McLaughlin and Vice Mayor Jovanka Beckles look on as community members support DMC funding. Photo Credit Gabriel J. Sanchez

Richmond floats plan to give DMC $15 million from Chevron project

  No time to read about Richmond City Council’s decision? Listen here. A unanimous vote from the Richmond City Council provided a $19 million promise to fund Doctors Medical Center over the next three years....