New revelations show Fortunate Son profited big from Oil fortunes in his Political career, too, not just his personal life
Reports also show Newsom and wife invested in the BP oil rig involved in massive underwater oil spill
It turns out, “Fortunate Son” Gavin Newsom has benefitted greatly from oil barons’ money not only in his personal life – but in his political career as well.
According to new revelations brought to light by a review of campaign finance records in the Cal Access database, Gavin Newsom has accepted nearly $500,000 in campaign contributions from Getty family members or affiliates.
The half-million dollars is in addition to the labyrinth of investments the oil-rich Getty family has already made with and likely for the Fortunate Son in property deeds and business ventures.
The $500,000 in campaign contributions are in addition to at least $15,600 in campaign contributions directly from the Getty surname to Newsom in his local races, according to Cal Access.
The contributions to Newsom over the years may be even higher, as these figures do not include any Getty family contributions to PACs, SuperPACs, ballot initiatives or funds to the Sacramento political class which could have benefitted Newsom. The figures also don’t include any businesses, LLCs, or corporations connected to the Getty family under other names which may have contributed to Newsom.
Newsom and Wife Invested in BP’s gulf oil rig involved in massive oil spill:
The new campaign finance revelations come as we take a trip down memory lane on some of Gavin’s other oil-related money ties.
In a report filed for The San Francisco Chronicle in 2010 by Matier and Ross:
“It turns out that San Francisco’s eco-conscious Mayor Gavin Newsom and his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, own a piece of the deepwater rig at the center of the gulf oil disaster.”
According to the report, “the couple invested between $10,000 and $100,000 in Transocean Inc. – the company whose ruptured deepwater rig, which is leased to BP, is spewing millions of gallons of oil, endangering wildlife and beaches along the Gulf Coast.”
That’s strange – like many people, we thought he and his wife were environmentalists.
But the real irony came as Newsom lectured others in San Diego in 2010 about the dangers of such rigs:
“…the environmental catastrophe devastating the Gulf of Mexico is a tragic reminder of why we must take a stand against the oil companies and oppose all offshore drilling off California’s precious coast.”
Nevermind that he and his wife invested in the very rig at the heart of the tragedy.
Again, Newsom’s money ties underscore that his life of high privilege has afforded him the right to do the exact opposite of what he tells millions of Californians to do.
Other Campaign Contributions came from Chevron entities:
The Cal Access database also shows that Chevron employees and owners have given thousands of dollars to the candidate, perhaps more. Here are some of those contributions:
|05/21/1998||Supervisor Gavin Newsom Campaign||$200.00||RCPT||A||Pacific Heights Chevron||San Francisco, CA 94115|
|09/19/2000||Newsom 2002||$250.00||RCPT||A||Pacific Heights Chevron||San Francisco, CA 94115|
|11/30/2000||Newsom 2002||$500.00||RCPT||A||Chevron Corporation||San Ramon, CA 94583|
|09/04/2002||Newsom 2002||$200.00||RCPT||A||Pacific Heights Chevron||San Francisco, CA 94115|
|11/20/2002||Newsom for Mayor||$250.00||RCPT||A||Pacific Heights Chevron||San Francicisco, CA 94115|
|06/30/2003||Newsom for Mayor||$250.00||RCPT||A||Pacific Heights Chevron||San Francicisco, CA 94115|
|10/16/2003||Newsom for Mayor||$100.00||RCPT||A||Castro Street Chevron Service Center||San Francisco, CA 94114|
|03/03/2005||Newsom for Mayor||$100.00||RCPT||A||Pacific Heights Chevron||San Francisco, CA 94115|
|05/25/2005||Newsom for Mayor||$500.00||RCPT||A||John Conway||Menlo Park, CA 94025-4209||Menlo Chevron||Owner|
|05/25/2005||Newsom for Mayor||$250.00||RCPT||A||John Conway||Menlo Park, CA 94025-4209||Menlo Chevron||Owner|
|01/12/2007||Gavin Newsom for Mayor||$500.00||RCPT||A||John Conway||Menlo Park, CA 94025-0000||Menlo Park Chevron||Owner|
|06/30/2007||Gavin Newsom for Mayor||$250.00||RCPT||A||David Sahagun||San Francisco, CA 94115-0000||Chevron Service Station||Owner|
|12/06/2003||Newsom for Mayor||$150.00||RCPT||A||Steve Lopez||San Francisco, CA 94104||Chevron Corp.||Systems Manager|