FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 15, 2014
Rachel A. Estrada
Jeff Gorell Banks to the Right at Sun Air Jet Fundraiser Fueled by Koch Money
Camarillo—Today, Congressman Greg Walden, Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, was at Sun Air Jets in Camarillo to raise special interest money for Jeff Gorell—a former oil lobbyist and the current Republican candidate for California’s 26th Congressional District.
Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) has voted in favor of cutting Medicare, banning gay marriage, and ending healthcare for pregnant women and children. Yet, Jeff Gorell believes that Walden is “one of the most interesting members in Congress” and is rolling out the red carpet for Walden and the special interest donors his support will bring to Ventura County.
“Jeff Gorell is not who he says he is. This fundraiser shows Jeff’s true colors and makes it clear he will continue to side with special interests over Ventura County women and middle class families—just like he did as a former lobbyist for Big Oil,” said Jacob Dusseau, campaign manager for Julia Brownley for Congress.
This major fundraising event was promoted, hosted, and organized for Jeff Gorell by the California leadership of Americans for Prosperity—a radical right wing organization founded and backed by oil billionaires the Koch Brothers.
Today’s event in Camarillo confirms Jeff Gorell will be another lockstep vote in Congress for the Tea Party’s anti-woman, anti-working family agenda, at the cost of Ventura County voters.
“While Jeff Gorell has tried to hide his record from Ventura County voters on the campaign trail, he is a former oil lobbyist who has wasted no time aligning himself with the Koch Brothers’ right wing agenda that puts oil billionaires ahead of working families,” concluded Dusseau.
Fundraiser Invitation: http://venturacountyteaparty.ning.com/events/lunch-event-to-support-jeff-gorell-for-congress
Jeff Gorell ?worked for a lobbying Group that represented Big Oil, Gas, and Tobacco. Between 1996 and 1999, Gorell served as Communications Director for the then-California Manufacturers Association (CMA), “advocate[ing] for job-growth legislation in the areas of taxes, regulations, workers compensation, tort reform, and trade law.” According to the CMA (now-CMTA) website, CMA currently represents hundreds of companies, including Chevron, ExxonMobil Corporation, Altria, and BP America, Inc. [Jeff Gorell Campaign Website, accessed 6/20/13; CMTA Website, accessed 3/21/14
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In 2011 and 2012, Walden voted for the Ryan budgets that would end Medicare. In 2011, the bill passed 235-193. [H Con Res 34, Vote #277, 4/15/11]. In 2012, the bill passed 228-191. [H Con Res 112, Vote #151, 3/29/12]
In 2004 and 2006, Walden voted for a joint resolution to propose a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as consisting only of the union of a man and a woman. In 2004, the resolution passed 227 – 186. [H.J.R. 106, Vote #484, 9/30/04]. In 2006, the resolution passed 236 – 187. [H.J.R. 88, Vote #378, 7/18/06]
In 2009, Walden voted against a bill that would reauthorize the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. The legislation passed 289 – 139 [HR 2, Vote #16, 1/14/09]