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Pledge not to take fossil fuel funds, an environmental group urges DC Council candidates
Four DC Council candidates on Friday morning signed a pledge not to take campaign contributions from Pepco, Washington Gas, and fossil fuel companies. The pledge is spearheaded by the climate group 350 DC, which says it has reached out to ward-level candidates who have launched campaigns.
Ward 2 candidate Daniel Hernandez, Ward 4 candidate Janeese Lewis George, and Ward 7 candidates Kelvin Brown and Anthony Lorenzo Green signed a poster listing the three provisions of the pledge. Ward 2 candidate Jordan Grossman was not at the rally but tweeted that he’s taking the pledge as well.
“We’re resisting fossil fuels and we’re rejecting big money so we can move forward to renewable energy,” George said at the rally which launched the campaign. “We’re getting rid of fossil fuels. We’re talking about coal, gas, and corruption.”
So far all of the candidates who have signed on are running under DC’s Fair Elections Act, meaning they can’t take money directly from any business or PAC since they’re using public funds. But by signing the pledge, they’re also agreeing not to take money from top employees of Pepco, Washington Gas, and fossil fuel companies.