Sierra Club
Sierra Club campaign leader

In 2012, a major fire at the Chevron oil refinery in Richmond, CA endangered workers and sent 15,000 residents to the hospital. The following year, in response, the Richmond City Council voted to sue Chevron for "a continuation of years of neglect, lax oversight and corporate indifference to necessary safety inspection and repairs."

Instead of working to address the public health and environmental concerns of workers and the local community, Chevron dumped more than $3 million in the 2014 election to pack the City Council and mayor's office with hand-picked, pro-industry candidates.

Despite being outspent 20-1, Richmond residents banded together and defeated all of Chevron's candidates, becoming one of the few examples in the 2014 election of the people beating corporate-backed interests.

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