Young Kim is a Puppet for Corporate Overlords

Owned by Oil: Kim Has Taken At Least $60,000 From Big Oil & Gas Corporations

Kim accepted $11,900 from Chevron and Chevron Employees. According to the Federal Election Commission, Kim accepted $1,000 from the Chevron Employees PAC on May 31, 2018; $1,500 on April 2, 2015; $1,500 on July 13, 2015; $1,200 on October 13, 2015; $4,200 on December 21, 2015; and $2,500 from Chevron on December 16, 2014.

Contributor

Contribution Amount

Date of Contribution

Chevron Employees PAC

$1,000

5/31/2018

Chevron

$4,200

12/21/2015

Chevron

$1,200

10/13/2015

Chevron

$1,500

7/13/2015

Chevron

$1,500

4/2/2015

Chevron

$2,500

12/16/2014

Total

$11,900

 

[Federal Election Commission, 5/31/2018; California Secretary of State, 4/2/2015; 7/13/2015; 10/13/2015; 12/21/2015; 12/16/2014]

Kim accepted $13,700 from Koch Industries and KochPAC. According to the Federal Elections Commission, KochPAC contributed $7,500 to Kim’s congressional campaign: $5,000 on May 16, 2018, and $2,500 on June 28, 2018. According to the California Secretary of State, Kim’s Assembly reelection campaign accepted $6,200 from Koch Industries: $1,000 on August 27, 2015; $1,000 on November 4, 2015; and $4,200 on August 12, 2016.

Contributor

Contribution Amount

Date of Contribution

KochPAC

$2,500

6/28/2018

KochPAC

$5,000

5/16/2018

Koch Industries

$4,200

8/12/2016

Koch Industries

$1,000

11/4/2015

Koch Industries

$1,000

8/27/2015

Total

$13,700

 

[Federal Election Commission, 5/16/2018; 6/28/2018; California Secretary of State, 8/27/2015; 11/4/2015; 8/12/2016]

Tesoro contributed $8,400 to Kim during 2016 assembly cycle. According to the California Secretary of State, Kim’s Assembly reelection campaign accepted $8,400 from Tesoro: $1,500 on September 25, 2015; $3,000 on May 9, 2016; $3,000 on June 22, 2016; and $900 on October 27, 2016.

Contributor

Contribution Amount

Date of Contribution

Tesoro

$900

10/27/2016

Tesoro

$3,000

6/22/2016

Tesoro

$3,000

5/9/2016

Tesoro

$1,500

9/25/2015

Total

$8,400

 

[California Secretary of State, 9/25/2015; 5/9/2016; 6/22/2016; 10/27/2016]

Kim accepted at least $7,500 from ExxonMobil. According to the Federal Election Commission, the ExxonMobil PAC contributed $2,500 to Kim’s campaign on May 31, 2018. According to the California Secretary of State, Kim’s Assembly reelection campaign accepted $1,500 from Exxon on October 9, 2015; $2,000 from Exxon on October 19, 2016; and $1,500 from Exxon on October 8, 2014.

Contributor

Contribution Amount

Date of Contribution

ExxonMobil PAC

$2,500

5/31/2018

ExxonMobil

$2,000

10/19/2016

ExxonMobil

$1,500

10/9/2015

ExxonMobil

$1,500

10/8/2014

Total

$7,500

 

[Federal Election Commission, 5/31/2018; California Secretary of State, 10/9/2015; 10/19/2016; 10/8/2014]

Kim accepted $5,700 from CA Independent Oil Marketers PAC during 2016 assembly cycle. According to the California Secretary of State, Kim’s Assembly reelection campaign accepted $5,700 from the California Independent Oil Marketers PAC: $3,450 on October 20, 2016; $750 on September 26, 2016; $750 on June 30, 2015; and $750 on March 30, 2015.

Contributor

Contribution Amount

Date of Contribution

CA Independent Oil Marketers PAC

$3,450

10/20/2016

CA Independent Oil Marketers PAC

$750

9/26/2016

CA Independent Oil Marketers PAC

$750

6/30/2015

CA Independent Oil Marketers PAC

$750

3/30/2015

Total

$5,700

 

[California Secretary of State, 3/30/2015; 6/30/2015; 9/26/2016; 10/20/2016]

Kim accepted $2,000 from BP PAC during 2016 assembly cycle. According to the California Secretary of State, Kim’s Assembly reelection campaign accepted $1,000 from the BP North America Employee PAC on April 24, 2015, and $1,000 on June 22, 2016.

Contributor

Contribution Amount

Date of Contribution

BP North America Employee PAC

$1,000

6/22/2016

BP North America Employee PAC

$1,000

4/24/2015

Total

$2,000

 

[California Secretary of State, 4/24/2015; 6/22/2016]

Kim accepted $1,500 from CA Independent Petroleum Association during 2014 assembly cycle. According to the California Secretary of State, Kim’s 2014 Assembly campaign accepted $1,500 from the California Independent Petroleum Association on December 5, 2014.

Contributor

Contribution Amount

Date of Contribution

California Independent Petroleum Association

$1,500

12/5/2014

Total

$1,500

 

[California Secretary of State, 12/5/2014]

Kim: Took At Least $9,500 From Sempra Energy…Then Twice Abstained From Voting On Regulation Bill After Aliso Canyon Disaster

Kim accepted $7,500 from Sempra during 2016 assembly cycle. According to the California Secretary of State, Kim’s Assembly reelection campaign accepted $7,500 from Sempra in the 2016 election cycle and $2,000 in 2014: $1,500 on September 22, 2016; $1,500 on August 31, 2015; $1,500 on June 15, 2015; $3,000 on May 5, 2015; and $2,000 on April 14, 2014.

Contributor

Contribution Amount

Date of Contribution

Sempra Energy

$1,500

9/22/2016

Sempra Energy

$1,500

8/31/2015

Sempra Energy

$1,500

6/15/2015

Sempra Energy

$3,000

5/5/2015

Sempra Energy

$2,000

4/14/2014

Total

$9,500

 

[California Secretary of State,  4/14/2014; 5/5/2015; 6/15/2015; 8/31/2015; 9/22/2016]

2015: Sempra Energy, subsidiary accused of ‘stopping at nothing’ to get legislation passed, gifted Kim $100 dinner. According to the California Fair Political Practices Commission, SoCal Gas/Sempra Energy gifted Kim a dinner worth $107.56 on April 14, 2015. In September 2018, CBS 8 News reported that an Orange County Assemblyman resigned from his position after describing his affair with a Sempra lobbyist on tape. According to CBS8:

Orange County Assemblyman Mike Duvall didn’t know the microphone was on while going into detail about his sexcapades with a Sempra lobbyist. Duvall, a married father of two, resigned in wake of those shocking comments. Published reports identify one of the two women Duvall talks about as Heidi Barsuglia, who lives in Sacramento with her husband. Barsuglia is a top lobbyist for Sempra Energy. The company says it’s investigating, but claims Barsuglia denies having an affair. In the meantime, watchdog groups are not surprised. Michael Shames with the Utility Consumer’s Action Network says the big energy companies will stop at nothing to get legislation passed. ‘I’ve gone to conventions where regulators are covered with lobbyists, taking them out dining, dancing, doing social things. This happens frequently,’ Shames said.

In November 2009, the San Diego Union Tribune reported that Sempra reinstated and cleared Barsuglia of inappropriate conduct, after “FBI and state political ethics watchdogs all announced they would not pursue the case.” [California Fair Political Practices Commission, 2/22/2016; CBS 8 News, 9/20/2009; San Diego Union Tribune, 11/3/2009]

2016: Kim twice abstained from voting on bill to tighten regulation of idle oil and gas wells following Aliso Canyon disaster. Kim abstained from voting on AB 2729 on two occasions, once in June 2016 and again in August 2016. According to Natural Gas Intel, AB 2729 sought to “bolster regulation of an estimated 21,000 idled oil and natural gas wells.” Reportedly,

With the experience at Southern California Gas Co.’s (SoCalGas) Aliso Canyon underground gas storage field still fresh, the concerns have grown among regulators, elected officials and consumers regarding the threat of leaks from long-idled but not permanently sealed wells.

According to NGI, AB 2729 calls for ‘responsible’ well management practices to fill the gap in current state law that does not allow assurance of ‘timely remediation’ of idle wells. Unlike production wells, idle wells may have leaks and damage that go unnoticed for years, according to an assessment by the state Department of Conservation (DOC)… Of California’s idle wells, half have been idle for more than 10 years, statistics show. About 4,700 wells have been idle for 25 years or more, DOC said. ‘The longer a well remains idle, the more likely it is to be deserted by the operator,’ it said. ‘Idle wells can threaten the environment and public health, and, when deserted, can present significant costs for the state to plug wells and remediate any environmental damage.’

According to the California Department of Conservation, “While most oil and gas producing states allow for extensions of idle well limits if specified conditions are met, California is the only state that allows wells to remain idle indefinitely with minimal testing.” AB 2729 was signed by the governor and became law in September 2016. [California Legislature, AB 2729, 8/24/2016; Natural Gas Intel, 3/10/2016]

Just Like Trump: Kim supports the Tax Scam to Benefit Corporations

Kim supported President Trump’s tax plan. In February 2018, the OC Register reported that Kim supported President Trump’s tax plan. The OC Register wrote, “Kim, Harkey and Nelson all praised regulatory reforms of the president, with Kim and Nelson also applauding the tax-reform package.” [OC Register, 2/16/2018]

Despite devastating impact of SALT deductions, Kim said tax plan is ‘step in the right direction.’ In March 2018, Kim praised the GOP tax plan at a forum, despite its cap on SALT and property tax deductions affecting 33% of CA-39 residents. Kim called the tax plan a “step in the right direction” and praised the plan’s increases in child tax credit and incentives to corporations to return to the US. At the forum, Kim said the plan “has tax cuts for all people across the board,” though the GOP plan eliminates savings on $11,171 worth of taxes for each beneficiary in CA-39. [Youtube, 3/29/2018; DCCC, 12/19/2017]

The Republican tax plan gave 83 percent of the total benefits to the wealthiest one percent and corporations. In April 2017, Americans For Tax Fairness reported that the Republican tax plan gave 83 percent of the total benefits to the wealthiest one percent and corporations:

The tax cuts take revenue out of the federal budget that could be used for public services and investments and divert most of it to the richest households and largest corporations. When the new tax law is fully phased in, 83% of the tax cuts will go to the wealthiest 1%. Moreover, these tax cuts will explode the national debt and thereby endanger future funding for Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and other public services working families rely on.

[Americans For Tax Fairness, 4/17/2018]

Sacramento Bee: ‘Trump’s tax cut not for everyone: 1 million Californians will owe $12 billion more next year.’ In April 2018, The Sacramento Bee published an article entitled, “Trump’s tax cut not for everyone: 1 million Californians will owe $12 billion more next year”:

President Donald Trump’s tax cuts will be anything but for about 1 million California taxpayers who will owe Uncle Sam more money a year from now. They’re the Californians who will lose a collective $12 billion because the new law caps a deduction they have been able to take for paying their state and local taxes, according to a new analysis by the Franchise Tax Board… But some middle-class Californians will pay more, too. About 751,000 households with incomes under $250,000 probably will owe more tax. All together, they’ll owe an extra $1.1 billion.

[The Sacramento Bee, 4/17/18]

Middle and lower-income households worse off under GOP tax bill. In December 2017, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reported that the GOP tax bill offers the most benefits to high-income households, and leaves middle and lower-income households worse off. Under the bill, in 2025, high-income households would receive the largest tax cuts on average, while those earning below $30,000 would face a tax increase on average. By 2027, after many provisions would have expired, higher earners would still quality for large tax cuts, but all income groups earning less than $75,000 would face tax increases. [Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 12/19/2017]

CBO: GOP tax law will increase deficit by $1.9 trillion. In April 2018, the Congressional Budget Office reported that the GOP tax law will increase the national deficit by $1.9 trillion between 2018 and 2028. [Congressional Budget Office, 4/20/2018]

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