Commissioner Hardesty signs No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge
City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty won't be reaping rewards from fossil fuel companies.
Hardesty announced Monday, April 22, that she signed on to a national compact — the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge — in which politicians promise not to accept more than $200 from political action committees, company executives or "front groups" whose business is making money from oil, gas or coal.
Hardesty went one step further, vowing not to accept any money at all.
"Fossil fuel money corrupts," Hardesty said, "and elevates the voices of dirty energy at the expense of people's health."
The first-termer won't be left penniless, however. Hardesty has just under $17,000 in her campaign chest, according to state records. So far in 2019, she's spent about $3,000 and has taken in almost $1,000 in contributions.
Hardesty's 2018 campaign for office was predicated, in part, on championing the Portland Clean Energy Fund, and Hardesty was the only adult speaker at the Youth Climate Protest held on the steps of City Hall in March.
Hardesty also sent staffers to monitor the short-lived protest outside the Zenith oil terminal in Northwest Portland in on Earth Day weekend.
"I ran on a platform of small donor campaign contributions, open and accountable elections, and climate justice initiatives here in the city, and I urge my colleagues and future candidates to do the same," Hardesty said.
Other local signatories to the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge include U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, Multnomah County Commissioner Susheela Jayapal, Milwaukie Mayor Mark Gamba and state Reps. Karin Power, Alissa Keny-Guyer, Tawna Sanchez and Rachel Prusak.
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