We have the power to make California a place we’re proud to call home. But we’re up against corporate developers who rig the rules to jack up our rents and build only for the wealthy. Meanwhile, corporate landlord lobbyists are making it impossible for us to afford a place to live.
The California Apartment Association (CAA) and the California Association of Realtors (CAR) — lobby groups that are effectively killing strong tenant protections — spent millions in the 2017-2018 election cycle. Combined in 2018, they contributed a whopping $2,875,500 directly to the California Republican and Democratic Parties. They also contributed hundreds of thousands to Political Action Committees that then spent money in support of some of our legislators. For example, CAR contributed $755,500 to Keep California Golden which spent $225,489 to support the election of Asm. Rudy Salas and $20,523 in support of Asm. James Ramos. CAA contributed $250,000 to Keeping Californians Working which in turn spent $122,317 to elect Asm. Salas and $111,776 to elect Asm. Ramos.
But when we go all in for every one of us, we can win common sense solutions that ensure we can all make rent while having enough to care for our families. It’s time for us to pass AB 1482 to stop outrageous rent increases. The bill officially passed through the Assembly floor and is now moving to the Senate. Find out how much assemblymembers are getting from the landlord lobby and whether or not they supported the bill!