Follow the money

Follow the money. It’s always good advice, and in politics, it’s the best advice. And when you follow the money in California’s 4th District, it leads directly to Tom McClintock, and his stubborn refusal to take meaningful action to protect his constituents from the increasing risk of wildfires.

Tom McClintock’s allegiance to industry isn’t a secret. Over his decade in Congress representing California’s 4th District, he has consistently and unapologetically advanced policies that favor business interests. He is a no-compromise, his-way-or-the-highway politician. And like many other GOP politicians, that attitude serves his pocketbook well. Funding from the timber and fossil fuel industries — like the spending by Sierra Pacific Industries discussed in this article — have helped McClintock hold onto his seat for more than a decade. The result? We all have suffered.

Because Tom McClintock will not compromise — because he will not accept anything other than a law that gives the timber industry everything they want, regardless of the damage that would result — nothing has gotten done. He has not introduced a bill that might actually pass in our divided government. His bill is so extreme, it couldn’t even get passed in a Republican Senate, to be potentially signed by a Republican president. The federal government was in Republican control for two years, yet nothing was done. But McClintock still hasn’t backed down. He still hasn’t realized that it’s time to compromise and earn the money we’ve been paying him for a decade. He still hasn’t taken any meaningful action to protect his constituents from the ever-increasing threat of wildfires.

California’s 4th District deserves better. We deserve a representative who sees our challenges with clear eyes and takes meaningful action to fix them. We deserve a representative who truly cares about what happens in this District. We deserve a representative who will fight for us.

Join us, as we fight to send Tom McClintock back to his own District, and to finally stop him from selling us out, one vote at a time.

Because we know, as Margaret Mead said, that “a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

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