Tag Archives: Moving Forward

Independence of independent expenditure groups called into question

Richmond’s 2014 election was defined by Chevron Corp.’s failed effort to get their favored candidates elected despite spending more than $3 million through an array of independent expenditure committees. Some have raised concerns about coordination...
Just some of the ocean of mailers sent out by campaigns to residents during the 2014 City Council. (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...

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.

Last minute turnout drive: Richmond election likely to be decided by few voters

If recent history is any indication, the fate of Tuesday’s Richmond municipal elections is likely to rest the hands of about a tenth of its roughly 107,000 residents.

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...

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 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...

Chevron’s Moving Forward spreads big money across political campaign committees

Chevron's Moving Forward has funneled $1.9 million into two similarly named campaign committees over the last six weeks. Through those committees, Chevron/Moving Forward has spent $1.2 million in support of Chevron-friendly mayoral and city council...

Election recap: Voters seek familiar faces

When the official returns came in on Wednesday morning, Richmond voters had decided that after the most expensive campaign in city history, what they wanted was familiar faces. Incumbents Nat Bates and Tom Butt were...
Moving Forward billboards

Citizens Outspent: Inside Richmond’s $4m Election Campaign

Take your pick: naïve anarchists, or corporate puppets. This is the face of Richmond’s hotly contested race for three council seats in the November 2012 election, at least going by the massive billboards and glossy...

Election 2012: Proposition 32

Richmond union representatives are speaking out against Proposition 32, a state ballot measure that seeks to eliminate corporate and union influence in local as well as statewide elections.

Limit on campaign contributions may be increasing the spending of outside groups

The City Council’s attempt earlier this year to limit campaign contributions to council candidates seems to be working, last Thursday’s campaign finance deadline shows. But the limits might also be increasing the spending of outside...