Former Senator Embraces Chevron

On February 22, State Senator Michael Rubio, the chair of the Environmental Quality Committee, announced that he was resigning to work for Chevron–one of the biggest polluters in the state.This raises serious ethical questions about corporate money in politics and the relationship between lobbyists and politicians. When one of the most influential voices on energy policy in the state has been in Chevron’s corner, how can we trust that his decisions were in the interests of his constituents and other Californians?

“There are potential conflicts of interests in his actions as a senator and chair of the Environmental Quality Committee while he was also being recruited for this job in the corporate world,” said Phillip Ung, spokesman for California Common Cause, a watchdog group. Click here to read more.