Candidate for Congress Mary Rose Wilcox is receiving strong financial support from heavily polluting companies, according to her most recent Federal Election Commission filing. Coal industry backed utility groups including Edison Electric Institute and American Electric Power Committee for Responsible Government have apparently identified Wilcox as a friend, joining a bevy of other utility executives and national fossil fuel interests who have donated to her campaign.
These donations don’t necessarily mean the former Maricopa County Supervisor will be an enemy of the environment, and could be intended more as opposition to her primary opponent Ruben Gallego, who views action on climate change as a moral imperative.
Wilcox fails to list environment, let alone climate change, as an issue priority on her website. One state capitol insider reported that Wilcox is bragging to potential donors about her disinterest in gaining the support of the environmental community, including groups such as Sierra Club, despite their prominence in Democratic circles.
Advocates for clean energy and climate action can only hope Wilcox overcomes these ominous signs should she come out on top on August 26th.
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