In the first four months, Ravel reports raising over $200,000 from 1,350 donations, 70% of which are $50 or less
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July 9, 2019
San Jose, CA – Today, Ann Ravel’s campaign for State Senate District 15 announced her fundraising numbers from her first critical deadline.
Since launching her campaign in March of this year, Ravel raised over $207,000 from 1,350 donations in just a few months. 81% of those donations are $100 or less and nearly 70% are $50 or less, signaling that she has built a robust, grassroots campaign.
“All my life I have been driven by one defining principle – to fight for the people. I have always seen my job as an activist public lawyer, serving people by making a difference in their lives,” Ravel said. “I figure out what’s needed and fix it. I have taken on corporate special interest groups – pharmaceutical companies, big oil, Wall Street, the Koch Brothers’ network, big tobacco, lead paint companies – and won. But not only have I fought and won, I have also have written legislation to ensure that the wrongs would be permanently righted. I will bring transparency, ethics, and a voice for all to our state government.”
Ravel continued, “I have lived in this community for over 50 years, and I see the effect of economic disparity. Companies in Silicon Valley must do their part to invest in our community that has enabled them to succeed, but has had to bear the brunt of insufficient housing and gridlocked traffic. If elected, I won’t just be a vote. Instead I will tackle the problems as I have my entire career, creating programs and sponsoring legislation that will make a real difference.”
Ravel has fought against the corruption of money in politics in every level of government, and she brings that integrity with her to her own race for State Senate.
Because of her public leadership for campaign finance reform, ethics, transparency and holding violators accountable, Ravel earned an early endorsement from End Citizens United, a national organization dedicated to campaign finance reform and to bringing transparency to dark money in politics.
The strong early fundraising numbers – matched with powerful endorsements from Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, State senators Connie Leyva and Hannah-Beth Jackson, Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, Santa Clara County Supervisor Susan Ellenberg, scores of local leaders, and FundHer, a statewide organization supporting more women to elected office – show Ravel is a formidable candidate.
Ravel has lived and worked in San Jose and Los Gatos for most of her life. She worked her way up in the Santa Clara County Counsel’s Office and was appointed by the Board of Supervisors as County Counsel. She served almost twelve years and took on big tobacco, protected families from lead paint, challenged Prop 8 in the California Supreme Court to defend marriage equality, and created innovative programs, including one that protected seniors from financial abuse from banks.
As a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice, Ravel held oil giant BP accountable after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. She stood up to pharmaceutical companies, who were breaking the law and taking advantage of the vulnerable, and helped Native Americans qualify for federal compensation after they suffered from life threatening cancers caused by the nuclear testing.
As Governor Jerry Brown’s appointment to Chair the Fair Political Practices Commission, she led the first-in-the-nation fight against the Koch Brothers network when they used dark money to try to pass Proposition 32, the paycheck deception ballot measure. Her work – and her integrity – earned the attention of President Barack Obama who nominated her to the Federal Election Commission.
Ravel was raised by a strong Brazilian mother and American father, who were both orphans and grew up in abject poverty. She lived in Chile until she was 10 years old, and then her family moved to San Jose. In high school, Ravel’s first jobs were in the fields of Salinas Valley and at a fruit cannery in San Jose.
Ravel and her husband Steve, an adoption lawyer, are residents of Los Gatos, and they are proud to have raised their three children in this district. Learn more about Ann Ravel’s campaign and see her growing endorsement list at: www.RavelforCA.com
California’s State Senate District 15 includes San Jose, Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno and Saratoga. This is an open seat – current State Senator Jim Beall is termed out in 2020.