Every six months the Center for Tobacco Policy & Organizing releases new data on tobacco industry contributions to California legislators. This information is important because in California, tobacco interests spend millions of dollars every year on political campaign contributions and lobbying expenditures in an attempt to influence the political landscape at the state legislature. In fact, during the first year of the 2013-2014 election cycle, tobacco interests have already spent more than $2.7 million on campaign contributions and lobbying expenditures to influence legislative policy and elections in California. (And if you haven’t seen it, go check out our searchable contributions database to learn more about whether your legislators have taken contributions.)
Now there is exciting new information nationally on the number of Congress men & women who have (or have not) taken money from the tobacco industry.Action on Smoking & Health (ASH), an organization devoted to creating a world free of tobacco-related damage, disease, and death, announced last week that 193 Senators and Representatives are being certified “Free from Tobacco Money.”
The full list of the Senators and Representatives shows that both of our California Senators (Boxer and Feinstein) are free from tobacco money, as are 34 of our 53 Representatives. I’m particularly excited to see that my Representative (Zoe Lofgren) doesn’t take tobacco industry money.
So, does your Representative take tobacco money?