DEMOCRATIC RAILROAD COMMISSION CANDIDATE CHRYSTA CASTAÑEDA RAISES $3.7 MILLION IN MONTH BEFORE ELECTION
Castañeda Campaign Brings Renewed Attention to Statewide Race Deemed Most Important for Environment in Nation
Chrysta Castañeda, Democratic candidate for the Texas Railroad Commission, raised $3,702,483 in campaign contributions in the Sept. 25-Oct. 24 reporting period. Just over a week before Election Day, her campaign has attracted support from a wide array of donors who support change at the Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates the Texas oil and gas industry.
“This campaign has been called the most important environmental race in the country, so I am grateful to be receiving such an unprecedented level of support,” Chrysta said. “It has allowed us to place television ads all over the state. Most Texans have no idea what the Railroad Commission does, so we’re committed to educating them about its significance for every Texan."
Major donors in October include philanthropist Mike Bloomberg, who donated $2.625 million and who has led efforts to protect the environment and help address climate change; environmental philanthropists Richard and Dee Lawrence, who donated $500,000; and the Sierra Club's Political Committee and Texas PAC, which have pledged $125,000 and donated $90,000, respectively.
“Chrysta Castañeda will be a champion for Texans – her commitment to improving people’s lives is clear,” said Mike Bloomberg. “I’m glad to support Chrysta in her campaign to be the next Railroad Commissioner, because she has the vision and experience needed to build a safer, healthier, and more environmentally prosperous future for the state of Texas.”
Chrysta has also received support from many current and former oil and gas industry executives, who endorsed her at an October 15 “Industry for Chrysta Castañeda” virtual fundraiser.
“Flaring is a black eye for the Permian,” says Matt Gallagher, CEO of an oil and gas company that he said is “working aggressively every day to reduce our carbon footprint and know that others can do the same.
“I support Chrysta’s positions on flaring and methane reduction and believe increased enforcement at the Railroad Commission is long overdue,” Gallagher said.
In addition to receiving campaign contributions from more than 3,000 individual donors, Chrysta has received the endorsement of every major Texas newspaper that has issued an endorsement so far: The Dallas Morning News, The Houston Chronicle, the San Antonio Express-News, and the Laredo Morning Times.
When Chrysta kicked off her campaign in October 2019, she did so with a focus on flaring, the practice of lighting on fire of natural gas at the wellhead. It is against the law after the first 10 days a well comes online, but the Railroad Commission routinely issues exceptions that allow it for longer periods. Flaring causes pollution, contributes to premature births and climate change, and wastes Texas’ natural resources.
Chrysta’s campaign has focused attention on the unprecedented flaring, as well as other ways the Railroad Commission has ignored its duty to preserve Texas’ natural resources and protect our environment.
Chrysta Castañeda is an engineer, attorney, and Democratic candidate for the Texas Railroad Commission. Her campaign website is www.chrystafortexas.com and is on social media at #chrystafortexas.