It wouldn’t be a high-profile fundraiser for Gov. Andrew Cuomo without an appearance from anti-fracking protesters. Even if that fundraiser happens to be in Los Angeles.
Cuomo will travel to California today to attend a big-money fundraiser for his re-election campaign, which will be hosted by a number of A-list Hollywood executives and held at the home of Fox Filmed Entertainment Chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos. Tickets run from $5,000 to $25,000 per person.
Food & Water Watch, a Washington D.C.-based group active in both New York and California, is organizing a group of anti-fracking protesters to hold signs along Sunset Boulevard before marching to Gianopulos’ home at the start of the fundraiser.
“As Governor Cuomo seeks to raise his political profile — as well as his account balances — beyond New York state, it’s important that he realize how strong opposition to fracking is becoming across the nation,” said Seth Gladstone, communications manager for Food & Water Watch. “It’s important he see that if he bans fracking here, he’d be a hero not just to New Yorkers, but to Americans from coast to coast.”
California passed a set of fracking regulations back in September, while Cuomo’s administration continues to weigh whether to allow large-scale fracking in New York. While California’s Monterey Shale is rich with oil, natural-gas drillers are hoping to tap into New York’s Marcellus Shale.
Meanwhile, fracking critics aren’t just trailing Cuomo’s events these days.
A Republican Party fundraiser in Albany on Tuesday featured potential gubernatorial candidate and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, who drew about a dozen protesters in near-zero temperatures to criticize Astorino’s pro-drilling stance.