As the candidate who rejects corporate donations, this distinction alone, he believes, will help him win one of the two seats in the primary election.
As a consequential primary season is heating up, here’s a campaign worth watching – and supporting – as it addresses head-on an unjust “Pay to Play” rule in California election law as well as the domestic fallout from today’s energy-driven Ukraine War.
Peter Mathews is a progressive Democrat from Long Beach – that’s oil country, heavily populated by oil derricks with a major refinery spewing out poisonous emissions into poor neighborhoods. He’s making the Green New Deal a centerpiece of his campaign in California’s 42nd Congressional District. This, at a time when the future of fossil fuels is being heavily debated. Higher prices at the pump ($6-7 gallon in his district) and President Biden’s decision to open up drilling on leased lands to lower the price of gas is once again pitting alternative energy proponents against oil industry defenders, the latter dolling out large donations to Mathews’ Democratic Party opponents.
Peter Mathews fighting to Reclaim the American Dream (3 min.)
Corporate Free and People Powered Campaign (30 seconds)
What he’s confronting in this open seat for the House of Representatives are two corporate Democrats, the equivalent of Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema in the Senate. Like Sen. Manchin, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia is cozy with the oil industry; like Sinema, Cristine Garcia is beholden to the pharmaceutical industry, among other large corporate donors.
At the outset of his race, Mathews pledged not to take any corporate money, and soon had to face the consequences: California’s revised election code charges a fee of $18,000 in order to send out a candidate brochure to all voters in a district–that is, $9000 for brochures in English, $9000 for brochures in Spanish. When he ran for the seat two years ago (and came in second out of four Democrats in the Primary election) the cost was one-sixth that amount. “Why the huge increase?” he asked a county clerk. “Everything is more expensive,” she replied lamely. (continue story below)
Making election inequality worse, when facing the option of mailing out candidate statements between April 20 and May 17th, Los Angeles County has declared it will mail out the candidate statements on the last day (May 17)–a week after absentee ballots are to be mailed out, and voters will begin voting on May 9th. Mathews’ campaign has called on the county to release the statements immediately. Primary election day is June 7th.
Oil and education shouldn’t mix, says the candidate
Progressive Democrat Peter Mathews for Congress CA-42 Signs the Green New Deal Pledge on April 9, 2022 in Long Beach California
Combat Climate Change with The Green New Deal with High Paying Jobs; Reduce Income Inequality; Medicare For All; Tuition Free College/Cancel Student Debt: Equally and Fully Funded Public Schools; $20 minimum Wage with Lower Taxes on Small Businesses; Women's Rights; Get Corporate Money Out of Politics; Expand Social Security; Support LGBTQIA+; Guaranteed Universal Child Care/Parental Leave/Paid Vacations; End Private Prisons; Immigration Justice; Economic, Racial, Environmental and Social Justice; Gun Control; Support People With Disabilities; Create Public Banks; Curb Wall Street Gambling With Glass-Steagall Act; End Homelessness; Build A Peace And Justice Economy.
On TYT Non-Corporate Progressive Democrat Peter Mathews Demands Big Corporate Money Out of Politics; Green New Deal with High Paying Jobs; Medicare for All; Tuition-Free College and University; Cancel Student Debt!
End Homelessness now, with Housing First programs. Peter Mathews says "Housing is a Human Right not a privilege! Peter Mathews, a true Progressive Democrat for Congress. People Powered, Not Corporate Bought; Fighting for Environmental, Economic and Social Justice.
Peter Mathews joins other Long Beach Fremont Elementary parents in asking the LBUSD Board to keep open the Fremont Elementary School community playground
The class divide is plain to see in California’s 42nd District
The other Garcia
Abortion is an economic issue
What makes Mathews run?
What are his chances?
“This is a Bernie Sanders district,” he says. And he believes the issue of big corporate money corrupting elections resonates in his district. “Pay for play,” he says, “has a pernicious effect in American politics and has prevented us from achieving a just society. This is not democracy,” he adds. “This is a form of plutocracy that must be changed.”
Not Corporate Bought!
Fighting for Environmental, Economic and Social Justice
Meet Peter Mathews
Educator Peter Mathews is running for Congress to rebuild an America that works for All of Us, the 99%, not just for Billionaires.
Peter Mathews envisions the role of government as a positive instrument in guaranteeing our unalienable Rights of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Peter Mathews pioneered the call for a Green Tech New Deal eight years ago. As our Congressman, Peter will take on big polluting corporations and lead the fight for today's Green New Deal inspired by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
On CNN Peter Mathews Challenges Trump on Labor, Environment, Trade, Asylum and Immigration Policies.
By taxing billionaires and closing corporate tax loopholes, Peter will fund governmental, as well as entrepreneurial Green Jobs and infrastructure that will transform America and the world, prevent climate and economic catastrophe, and reduce the huge gap between rich and poor.
Peter says, "We must move away from selfish, shortsighted policies that are destroying people's lives and our climate through Corporate Deregulation and Tax Cuts for the Rich started by Reagan and pumped up by Trump."
On KTLA-5 Peter Mathews tells Trump: Medicare for All Single Payer Healthcare, Fair Trade with High Wages and Strong Environmental Standards, and Immigrant Human Rights, are best.
Peter believes that we are all truly part of the same human family. In Congress, he will continue his life-long fight for equal treatment with human dignity for all. Inside and outside Congress, Peter Mathews will fight against prejudice, discrimination, and unequal treatment based on race/ethnicity, social class, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, religion and age.
In foreign affairs, Peter Mathews says we should move away from policies of unnecessary military interventionism that are driven by the Military-Industrial-Complex. U.S. foreign policy should be based on international cooperation guided by economic, environmental and social justice for the working people of all nations.
On CNN, Peter Mathews, author of Dollar Democracy on Steroids, calls for Congress to proceed with Trump impeachment.
Peter Mathews declares his candidacy for Congress at Climate Strike 2019 to combat Climate Change.