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Oil industry helps fund group that paid for De Leon's inauguration
Oil industry helps fund group that paid for De Leon's inauguration

The $50,000 inauguration of Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles) sparked some controversy because it was paid for by the California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation, which raises its money from a who’s who of special interests that lobby the Legislature. Democratic Sen. Ricardo Lara of Bell Gardens, chairman of the caucus, solicited $126,000 received by the foundation during the last 12 months, including $25,000 each from AT&T and Chevron, according to documents he filed with the state ethics agency. ExxonMobil, which gave $4,000 to the foundation, joined Chevron in a coalition this year that killed legislation that would have put a moratorium on hydraulic...

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