Influential independent committee Californians for Jobs and a Strong Economy raises $765k from oil, pharma concerns

State Senate candidate Dave Jones has responded to the attack ads directed at his campaign
from Californians for Jobs and a Strong Economy. | 

A special interest group that is campaigning against one of the three Democratic candidates in the District 8 California State Senate race reports donations from other groups of $765,505. The reporting period was from January 1 to April 23.

The group, Californians for Jobs and a Strong Economy (CFJSE), received money from 19 interest groups and businesses. The following are the largest contributions:
  • Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America Indep Expend Committee - $150,500
  • Chevron Corp. - $150,000
  • Peace Officers Research Association of California PAC - $105,000
  • California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA) PAC - $51,500
CFJSE has produced advertisements targeting Dave Jones, who, along with Sacramento City Councilmember Angelique Ashby and Rafa Garcia, are competing in the June primary. Ashby, who received a $4,900 donation from CFJSE, and Jones are expected to advance to the November general election.

According to information on the California Secretary of State's website, Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America has received donations from various big pharma including Gilead, Bayer, Johnson & Johnson, Bristol Myers Squibb, and Genetech. These groups have opposed initiatives or legislation that attempted to control pharmaceutical costs. 

The 8th California State Senate District includes Elk Grove and portions of unincorporated Sacramento County and Sacramento. There are no Republican or third-party candidates in the race.  
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