CODEPINK Activists Dressed as Billionaires Protest Chevron at RNC Welcoming Event, Call for Money out of Politics

August 26, 2012

Medea Benjamin, 415-235-6517, medea[at]
Alli McCracken, 860-575-5692, alli[at]
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WHAT: CODEPINK Protest The National Republican Senatorial Committee, Aflac, BCBS and Chevron's welcome event
WHEN: 7:15pm, August 26, 2012
WHERE: The Cuban Club, 2010 Republica de Cuba (14th Ave)  Ybor City, FL 33605
VISUALS: Billionaire costumes, signs, Chevron corporate logos

Tampa, FL— CODEPINK will protest outside of the RNC welcoming event hosted by several large corporations, including Chevron, in a blatant display of the undemocratic relationship between money, politics, and corporations. CODEPINK activists will dress as billionaires to parody the leading executives of Chevron and other companies that have profited handsomely from government subsidies.

“By using massive amounts of money to influence politics, whether it's through campaign contributions or funding lavish parties at the Republican National Convention, Chevron is unabashedly showing off the financial stake it has in the political arena,” said Jodie Evans, CODEPINK co-founder.  “From the recent explosion of a Chevron refinery in Richmond, California, to the ongoing US wars for oil, it's clear that this dinosaur industry harms America.”

As Bloomberg noted, a popular 2008 GOP convention slogan was “Drill, Baby, Drill” and this time around the message from Big Oil is “Fund, Baby, Fund.”  Chevron, Exxon Mobil, and others in the national gas industry have contributed an estimated $55 million to finance the RNC.  Chevron alone gave $250,000 to the Tampa Host Committee.  “Corporate money corrupts our political system,” said Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK co-director.  “It's no wonder that our country continues to push for war and occupation in the Middle East and deprioritizes clean, safe, renewable energy funding.”   

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CODEPINK, founded in 2002, is a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end the war in Iraq, stop new wars, and redirect our resources into health care, education and other life-affirming activities.