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.