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Williams 2020: Fundraiser #1 (2/30)
Catherine Williams, U.S. Senator
Target: Female liberal activists, EMILY’s List members, Liberal female businesswomen, executives & #Resistance women leaders
Location: Hollywood
Topic: Fair Pay, Workplace protections for women

 

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United States Senator Catherine Williams (D-CA)

 

 

“Oh thank you all! Let me tell you, running for president ain’t nothing like running for the Senate. And being the only female running for the Democratic nomination adds even more pressure. But it is pressure I am ready to face because we must break that highest and hardest glass ceiling once and for all!

 

All of you in your professions, we all know that we’ve faced tough challenges because of who we are. And that’s okay because we’ve stuck together and we’ve taken the places we want - we haven’t waited on people to give it to us - just like any man would! Yet with the successes of all of us, we still see the challenges. From the film industry to the music industry, to regular hard-working women of the general workforce - we aren’t being paid our worth!  It is a very simple proposition. Women deserve to be paid fairly - simple.

 

Many of you female leaders in business have turned the page. You’ve done the needed work in ensuring diverse teams and workplaces. You’ve paid workers fairly and you’ve provided the kinds of health care services more businesses should be providing for women. You’ve seen the inequality and you’ve done the work to reverse it. If only we had more leaders in Washington who see problems and were dedicated to fixing them.

 

Right now there’s much equality to see in America. One issue is definitely pay equity for women. The facts reign supreme. Across race and ethnicity, women in the United States are paid just 80 cents for every dollar paid to men. That’s more than $10,000 less per year - the equivalent of more than one year of food, 14 months of child care or the full cost of tuition and fees at a two-year community college. And, compared to white men, Black women face far worse. Listen, this is not an issue we can wait to fix. We need to make a change! We need to roll up our sleeves and do the work that is needed to end wage discrimination - and I am committed to that work.

 

I will wage the fight in Congress, in the Oval Office - but I need your help. I need your support in this race. I need your support to ensure we provide freedom for employees to discuss their wages without fear of retaliation. I need your support to ensure we have more transparency about employers’ pay practices. I need your support to ensure we are holding employers accountable in requiring them to justify their pay differences.

 

We need to do much more in terms of securing better workplace environments for women. I need your support so that we can strengthen and expand existing workplace discrimination and harassment laws, including by explicitly covering direct care workers, farm workers, and LGBTQ workers and ending workplace policies that silence or penalize people who experience workplace discrimination, harassment or sexual assault. I need your support so that we can raise the minimum wage - which we know impacts a lot of working mothers and can be the difference between people living in poverty or being able to take care of their kids and families. I need your support so that we can make sure women are being treated fairly when it comes to health care and employment and their maternal care choices aren’t being discriminated against.

 

We’ve seen what happens when we allow the Republicans to take over. It’s time for us to answer back with a strong leader. It’s time for us to send a message to the world that we won’t tolerate a misogynistic, sexist president. There’s no better way to do that then to put all of our resources into breaking that highest and hardest glass ceiling. I am asking for us to do what we do best: roll up our sleeves and get to work. Support this campaign, stick up for your fellow women. This is the final mission of the #Resistance movement. This is how we answer back. Let’s do this! God bless you all!”

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Williams 2020: Fundraiser #2 (4/30)
Catherine Williams, U.S. Senator
Target: Liberal activists, public union executives, wealthy traditionally
Location: Washington, D.C.
Topic: Federal Budget, Pensions

 

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United States Senator Catherine Williams

 

 

“Thank you all for joining me today! We are revving up the engines of a campaign that is about uplifting people - especially working people - of which all of you love and defend. We have a lot of union executive folks here - I am glad to see you all - and this, I believe, is a perfect time to talk about protecting people’s jobs and pensions.

 

The people of your unions - the working and retired people of this country - have more than a trillion dollars in retirement assets invested in public pension systems across the country. We must work together to ensure retirement - and thus pension - security for public employees.

 

Every federal budget introduced by Republicans has always resulted in cutting back on public workers and services. They also always seem to want to target the elements of security that uphold retirees: including Medicare, Social Security, and our pensions - all in the name of paying off our debt. Yet, on the flip side, they pass tax bills that redistribute money from working people to those at the top of the food chain. This effort has a direct correlation in reducing your power. Less workers, less benefits, they presume, and less union power - and there goes the system of labor protections.

 

Well, I won’t have it and I won’t stand for it. I need your help. We must work together to ensure not only that we have pension security, but that our federal budget is reflective of the priorities of the people that make up union membership - working class people. With your help, as your president, I will avoid draconian cuts to non-defense programs and public services that people rely on and workers have dedicated their lives in service to. More broadly, I will reject the kinds of cuts to the budget and tax cuts that make it difficult for working families to get ahead and stay ahead. Instead, with your help, we can make critical investments in public services and bolster states and localities with the abilities to fund and deliver the services people need.

 

Together, we can protect the entitlements that uplift public employees and working people across the nation - especially those who are fighting everyday in unions to have the kind of opportunities for Main Street that are afforded to Wall Street. Programs like Medicaid, Social Security, and Medicare are the kinds of entitlement services that people need - they embody our country’s safety net. Social Security benefits, in addition to pensions, are critical pieces to the economic security of elder folks who’ve worked hard and fought within unions for decades. As president, with your help, I will reject deep cuts proposed by the Republicans to Medicaid, Medicare, Obamacare, or Social Security or other vital services critical to vital safety nets for working people.

 

I will reject the kinds of political gamesmanship we see during budgets being undertaken by the Republicans. I will not sign budgets that have been ripe with GOP amendments and riders attacking unions and public services or harm the working people that embody the labor movement. I will reject riders targeting overtime pay, workers’ collective bargaining rights, or protections for workers’ retirement investments.

 

To beat back the Republican machine, we’ve got to bolster our defenses and offenses, as well. We’ve got to stick together on the issues that matter to us. This is our moment and this is our time: to restore to the White House an ally of the labor community. Your ally. We have the opportunity to make some real change and protect what’s right ours. I need your help in this campaign. This campaign will sustain itself on the vital resources of people who care deeply about our country like you.

 

God bless all of you!”

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FR #1: 700,000

 

FR #2: 650,000

 

Make sure you think about who might have a lot of money for galas, and what they want to hear about. Right now, you're coasting more on name rec/people thinking you'll win, rather than speech quality or proper targeting. 

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Williams 2020: Fundraiser #4 (16/30)
Catherine Williams (D), U.S. Senator, California
Target: Wall Street banking executives, venture capitalists, Democratic big donors.
Location: Martha’s Vineyard

 

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Senator Catherine Williams (D-CA)

 

“Hello, hello, hello! Good to be here among so many nice people. You look good, you really do. Folks, I wanna get serious with you all, today. I wanna talk to you about your place in this country.

 

There’s nothing more vital in this country - and really, around the world - than the sustainability of the financial sector in this country. There’s nothing more vital than the role that you all have in this country. And, frankly, I think we are continuing to be too tough. For too long, there’s been this aura of...well, hated, among the ‘Wall Street fat cats’. However, there’s always been a recognition that your place in this country matters. Let’s just imagine a world without it. The poor would stay poor, there’d be no middle class, no innovation. With that being said, there's a trust and accountability at work here. It’s important for people in the financial industry to ensure it remains robust to unexpected risk. Which is something that didn’t happen in 2008 - and you paid your price.

 

A couple of the reasons I am running for president is because I believe that in order to carve out the kind of economy we need, Wall Street must work for Main Street and you all cannot do that if you’re hamstrug with burdensome rules that have gone too far and past the notion of reasonable regulation. On that second point, let me tell you: there’s a sentiment in Washington, particularly in the Democratic party, that we ought to outlaw the banks; quote-unquote ‘break them up’; get rid of the valuable functions of the financial industry - nevermind how vital they are to the rest of America. There’s a sentiment among many of amnesia regarding your role in producing capital for businesses - to fund innovations, businesses that uplift the community - and everyday American people - to buy a home, to get a car, etcetera. There’s this sentiment, that ‘hey, we should just do away with all of this and let government do it all. And let me tell you, I know Washington, and the people behind that sentiment are shifting in the direction of my main opponent. And the only thing standing in front of disaster is me. I want to take the Democratic party in a fundamentally new direction - a direction of opportunity, where the role of the financial industry is front and center.

 

I want to extend the functions of the financial sector to reap benefits across the nation - in markets long ignored and overlooked. I want to work with many of the kinds of people who are attending here tonight, to unlock capital for the fostering of many millions more entrepreneurs. I’m calling it the American Investment Bank - in which the federal government works closely with banks and a diverse group of investors in local communities to select qualifying ventures with additional inducements for overlooked locations and populations: the two-thirds of US counties where the number of businesses declined over the last decade, people of color and women who are ignored by lenders and investors, and communities bypassed by opportunity despite being within booming metros. And I want these investments to be fully backed by the federal government. You’ve always been a conduit to the American dream. With me as president, you’ll have a pragmatic government on your side.

 

That also means recognize the intensity of efforts to curtail your abilities in certain reforms enacted after the financial crisis. There’s a recognition of the intrusive, burdensome oversight you’ve had to deal with. I could not, we could not, achieve the vision of expanded opportunity that I just outlined if it is hamstrung by regulatory burdens. You can be sure that I understand this completely.

 

Let’s work together for the good of the country. Let’s not allow the radical elements of our political systems to thrust us into the abyss of socialism. I still believe that capitalism is the way, and the way-maker and I believe abundantly that if we work together, pragmatic capitalism can restore the American dream for so many as we move forward into the future.

 

I am the only candidate in this Democratic race who stands for these principles - and with your help, we can win. So support this candidacy and support reason and tolerance of financial norms.

 

Thank you all so much!”

 

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Williams 2020: Fundraiser #5 (18/30)
Catherine Williams (D), U.S. Senator, California
Target: Wealthy banking executives, banking association members; Democratic, Wall 
Street 
mega-donors.
Location: Martha’s Vineyard

 

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Senator Catherine Williams (D-CA)

 

 

“Good evening, folks. Thank you, thank you very much for being here. One of the excitements of this campaign is to be able to forge new alliances with ever-so-great members of various communities in an effort to make America the best it can be. This is one valiant effort here tonight.

 

I’ve always talked about a more pragmatic America and it is my belief that we need a leader that can forge more reasonable governance in Washington. I am a policy wonk - I like to delve into the issues and listen to people’s concerns about policy minutiae that are affecting their industry. Ultimately, I will be a leader that will remove the government as a barrier to success for anybody, especially this community trying to do the vital work of financial affairs with businesses and everyday people. You can trust that I am a president that will direct the path of bureaucrats in regulatory agencies through executive orders and memoranda that will ease burdens and open up the floodgates of opportunity.

 

Though Congress approved of a major overhaul last year to free up some of the onerous and cumbersome rules that were enacted hastily after the crisis, I believe it is time for more relief - so that you can begin to unlock the kinds of economic potential I believe will revive many hollowed out parts of America. What many of the bigger institutions face is a public relations crisis after the very real impact of risky behavior that resulted in economic calamity. But to further hamstring economic progress as regulations have cut off the flow of credit to many Americans who depend on banks for business and personal loans is wrong. I will make sure you have a voice at the table - balancing out the regulatory responsibilities between industry experts who understand cumbersome regulations and more risk-conscious folks intent on oversight. I will appoint an officer to lead a regulatory office within the National Economic Council to identify and empower them to get rid of burdensome regulations that cause barriers to doing business with consumers and entrepreneurs. And where we need more significant reform, I will address it and pursue it.  

 

I believe strongly that we need more innovation. To do that we need more avenues to invest. The government has largely been a barrier. We need to repeal the notion that banks should not engage in proprietary trading or investing in or sponsoring hedge funds or private equity funds - to open up the kinds of innovation we need in our economy. Instead, we should refocus our regulatory oversight toward clearly defining which activities are specifically prohibited under the Volcker rule. There is further a need to revise the scope of the application so that it applies only to systemically significant cases and to improve interagency coordination on supervision and enforcement.

 

I also believe that we must level the playing field between banks and credit unions. The $2 billion or more in federal subsidies the America taxpayers spend on propping up credit unions can, perhaps, be used more effectively indirectly impacting the lives of Americans. We need to give some serious thought to their tax exemption. With other reforms meant to endear Democrats in my party, I am sure this would be a welcome reform to sway members across the aisle to support a smaller-scale tax reform if I were elected president in November 2020.

 

But ultimately I need your help. If you thought Martin Arroyo was on the side of the industry, you’ll have another thing coming. The socialists have taken over and empowered his campaign. It appears as if Arroyo’s America would take us to an unprecedented time where the government did it all and provided all the money to do everything. I am the pragmatic candidate, with a vision of working with industry and financial sectors to improve the lives of Americans across this country.

 

We need this campaign to be powered and I am ready to go in for the fight. So let's do this together!

 

Thank you all so much!"

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Williams 2020: Fundraiser #6 (20/30)
Catherine Williams (D), U.S. Senator, California
Target: Wealthy investors, venture capitalists and Democratic, Wall 
Street mega-donors.
Location: New York

 

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Senator Catherine Williams (D-CA)

 

 

“Thank you! It’s wonderful to be here among many bright, great people. Let me tell you, you are the people that will continue to move this country and this world into a more innovative future. I believe that the government ought to be fighting alongside you to get us to be the most innovative superpower in the 21st century that I know we can be - and I’m excited as to what we can and will do, together!

 

To forge this new partnership, we must look at the barriers in the way. Patent ownership is an incentive to innovation and the basis for the contributions of technological advancement to economic growth. And with this no-longer-emerging, but rather already present, new economy that is high-tech, the patent system has become no less - in fact, even more - vitally important. We need a government and a president that understands that venture capital investment is based on the existence of patents to protect an emerging company’s innovative idea and deter competitors from stealing their idea. This is important and I want to do something about it - no matter what the potential political consequences and backlash I get from the socialistic shift that is going on in the Democratic party. In fact, I am one of the strongest proponents of moving the Democratic party back to the roots of working with industry and business to benefit the lives of everyday Americans and restore prosperity for the hollowed out and left behind! That’s good for you and the rest of America.

 

That is why I am proposing reform within my first 100 days in office. I will propose patent reform that will target abusive behavior while not creating unintended consequences that will discourage investment in startups working on breakthrough technologies and life-saving cures. I will say ‘no’ to reforms that increase the risk of patent litigation for startups by creating an overly broad fee-shifting standard. I will protect startups and their venture capitalists from reforms that target startups for loss litigation legal fees and or venture capitalists for portfolio company bankruptcies.

 

We’re going to reform the Volcker Rule, so that is is fairer to venture capitalists who were unfairly targeted as a result of Wall Street reform. Venture capital poses no systemic risk to the financial system, yet was inadvertently swept into the definition of prohibited investments under the Volcker Rule. Now it is doing nothing to improve the financial health of the nation but providing a barrier to capital available to American entrepreneurs. I won’t stand for it. Within my first budget, I can promise you that we are going to repeal the notion of limiting the pool of possible limited partner investors into venture capital funds. We need to enable banks the ability to once again invest in venture capital and put their capital to work for building startup communities around the country.

 

The venture capital exemption definition under the Investment Advisers Act needs to be modified. We did what was right in exempting venture capital funds from the costs and challenges associated with the Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) regulatory requirements under Dodd-Frank, but the narrow definition left out swaths of growth equity and fund-of-funds venture capital firms. This has constrained the investment activity of some Exempt Reporting Advisers who must actively avoid the regulatory morass of registration and imposes unnecessary compliance burdens on other firms who participate in venture capital. As part of my first regulatory interpretations, I will ensure critical elements of the entrepreneurial ecosystem are included to ensure that the venture capital definition most fully benefits economic growth and expanded economic opportunity. I will also ensure there’s a simple and timely deregistration process for currently registered venture capital funds who would be exempt due to these modifications.

 

In my first budget, I will include legislation that works to remove a potential regulatory complication currently encountered during Demo Days, encouraging greater participation for entrepreneurs and investors. I will also include legislation that provides emerging growth companies with an additional five-year exemption from certain regulatory requirements of public companies. I recognize that lowering the costs of being a public company can encourage more IPOs and allow small firms to use time and resources focused on growing innovation.

 

Look, I know there’s going to be a political price to pay. That's a public relations problem I can deal with. *chuckles* But I want to fight for a party that believes in working together with industry and investors to create greatness and wellness for the American people. I don’t believe in a country that tears down critical elements of capitalism - especially those that provide risk capital for exciting and innovative companies that embody the promise of American ingenuity.

 

That’s my vision of an America we can build together. But I need your help and support in this election. I am asking for that commitment to be made tonight. Thank you very much and God bless you all!”

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Fundraiser 4: $750,000

 

Fundraiser 5: $900,000

 

Fundraiser 6: $850,000 

 

Analysis: A couple things to take into account. If people are donating to a Democratic candidate, particularly if they are known as a Democratic donor, just because they have money doesn't inherently mean they are into more conservative economic talking points (a whole lot of saberrattling about socialism would be weird at even wealthy Dem events), and if you keep targeting the same groups it might be helpful to mix up the policies talked about.

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Williams 2020: Fundraiser #7 (17/40)
Catherine Williams (D), U.S. Senator, California
Target: Tech giant executives, Wealthy Silicon Valley donors, Democratic mega-donors
Location: San Francisco

 

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Democratic presidential candidate Catherine Williams

 

“Hello, everyone! Thank you all so much for being here! You know, I look around and it appears to me as if our leaders have forgotten your importance in this country. Silicon Valley is important, folks, and it is time we spread your abilities across America to serve all of the people of this country. And I have a vision to do just that.

 

Today, I want to begin the unveiling of my comprehensive tech agenda - the first of its kind in the Democratic or Republican race for president. I want to focus, specifically, on the issue of regulatory reform. I promise to create a government that is innovative and supportive of the kinds of reforms needed to ensure the industrious technological atmosphere can dominate. But first let me tell you how important I think this is. I believe we have the ability to use technology to reach the deepest depths of our country - the left out and left behind, the kinds of communities still wrought with bigotry and ignorance, poverty and scorn. With technological bolstering in this country, we can cultivate whole generations of new, 21st century workforces that are continually revolving around innovation and creating the kind of economic growth that we need to stay competitive in this global effort.

 

I believe we can create good paying jobs, lead the world in innovation, ensure safer communities and reduce inequalities in this country, abundantly, through tech alone. But we need a government that backs simple public policies that align with and help move forward the industry that will be at the forefront of reaching higher heights possible. We need to reduce regulatory barriers that stand in the way of innovation and growth.

 

Tonight I am proposing before you and the American people a plan to do just that. If, with your support and help, am so fortunate to be elected president, I will appoint a Chief Innovation Advisor with the power and responsibility to spearhead reforms that create a pathway for the quicker approval of innovations to catalyze technological development. We are going to put pressure on states and cities to identify, review, and reform legal and regulatory obligations that protect legacy incumbents against new innovator. During my first day in office, I will write an executive order directing all agencies to identify specific actions they can take in their areas of jurisdiction to detect anticompetitive practices, as well.

 

But I’m not stopping there. We are going to improve our patent system and our copyright systems. I will introduce legislation within my first comprehensive budget that shows a committed priority to curb forum shopping and ensure that patent litigants have a nexus to the venue in which they are suing. We’re going to require that specific allegations be made in demand letters and pleadings and we are going to increase transparency in ownership by making patent litigants disclose the real party in interest.

 

I also know that to encourage creativity and incentivize innovators to invest knowledge, time, and money into the generation of myriad forms of content, we need strong copyright reforms that maximizes on its benefits. As president I will spearhead a comprehensive copyright reform effort that unlocks and facilitates access to orphan works that languished unutilized, benefiting neither their creators nor the public. My reforms will promote open-licensing arrangements for copyrighted material and data supported by federal grant funding, including in education, science, and other fields. Together, we’ll develop technological infrastructure to support digitization, search, and repositories of such content, to facilitate its discoverability and use; and encouraging stakeholders to work together on creative solutions that remove barriers to the seamless and efficient licensing of content in the U.S. and abroad.

 

These are the kinds of reforms I will support as president to get the government out of your way but also get the government on your side as a partner in efforts to expand the impact of technological innovation across all of the country. I want us to be a partner in making technology be the central centerpiece in a force for broad-based growth, reducing social and economic inequality, and securing American leadership on the global stage. This is certainly not the last you’ve heard of my efforts, so stay tuned and stay engaged - and, above all, support this campaign. We need this campaign to be empowered to win. And we are going to win. This race is far from only - with just a small, four point delegate margin, between Senator Arroyo and myself. With your help, we can win this nomination and the presidency and do great work together. Thank you all so much and God bless!”

Edited by Christopher Williams
AP correction

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Williams 2020: Fundraiser #8 (25/40)
Catherine Williams (D), U.S. Senator, California
Target: Wealthy environmentalists, wealthy Democratic mega donors and Liberal activists

Location: San Francisco

 

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Democratic presidential candidate Catherine Williams (D-CA)

 

 

“Thank you all for being here. Hello! Thank you! Well, this is an amazing moment and opportunity to lay before you my vision for expanding our reach in combating climate change and ensuring that we protect the world we believe in.

 

The reason I am running for president is that I recognize that this isn’t a political issue. I think we all know what a drastic conundrum we find ourselves in. And that’s ultimately why we need to take it out of the political context. The Republicans, they don’t want to do that. They want to turn this into some sort of a cultural battle that pits the so-called elite against the working man or woman or family in rural America.

 

Instead, we need a president and an administration that recognizes the need for all of us to be involved because ultimately we’ll all be beneficial. From the rural worker of faith to the urban member of society, there’s a place for everyone in a Green Economy. That is why, today, I am announcing plans to make the United States of America the world’s clean energy superpower. With your help, we can transform U.S. energy and combat the harms of climate change. No more are the forces of Big Oil going to dictate my White House! Instead, I have a plan to make sure that we generate enough renewable energy to power every home in America within a decade - with a promise to make sure there are more than one million solar panels installed across the country by the time I get out of office. Together, we can build the kind of energy infrastructure we need to not only make that happen but supplant our efforts greatly in the combating of climate change.

 

First of all, a major challenge of ours is that our policies and infrastructure have not kept pace with recent changes to the American energy system. We’ve experienced and endured toxic pipeline spills - as we’ve seen recently seen in the news - and deadly rail explosions as the amount of oil produced and transported across the country have expanded. We must - must! - make sure that any new energy distribution networks are built to serve parts of the country still dependent on more polluting propane and fuel oil for heating and cooking. We need to upgrade our electrical grid to harness new technology that reduces energy costs and increases consumer choice and to address the growing threat of cyber attack. And we must invest in the new infrastructure that will make the transition to a clean energy economy possible, keep energy affordable and reliable, meet both baseload and peak demand, protect the health of our families and our climate, and drive job creation and innovation.

 

But aside from that, we need to set bold national goals and go forth in working to reach them. One of the first ways we’re going to do that is by defending, extending, and implementing more and existing pollution and efficiency standards. I will recommit ourselves to the Clean Power Plan and strongly enforce such standards for cars, trucks, and appliances that are already helping clean our air, save families money and fight climate change. Then we’re going to propose investments in clean energy infrastructure, innovation, manufacturing and workforce development to make the U.S. economy more competitive and create good-paying jobs and careers. I will do this by establishing a National Infrastructure Bank to leverage public and private capital to invest in critically important infrastructure projects, including energy infrastructure projects. I will make challenge grants a part of these investments by awarding competitive grants to states cities and rural communities that take the lead in reducing carbon pollution by investing in renewable energy, nuclear power, and carbon capture and sequestration, and reducing energy costs by investing in efficiency in both new and existing buildings. We’re going to get government out of the way of progress, by making the infrastructure review and permitting process more efficient and effective, reforming leasing and expand clean energy production on public lands and waters tenfold within a decade.

 

We’ve got to ensure safe and responsible energy production as we transition to a clean energy economy, ensuring that the fossil fuel production taking place today is safe and responsible. Ultimately, we’re going to have to use a combination of wind, solar, hydro, geothermal, and other forms of renewable electricity to add more power generation capacity to the grid than during any decade in American history. The government has to be more than just not being a barrier, the government must be a partner. I will make sure we’re focusing on solar access - overcoming barriers that prevent low-income and other households from using solar energy to reduce their monthly energy bills; extending federal clean energy incentives and make them more cost effective both for taxpayers and clean energy producers; and investing in clean energy R&D, including in storage technology, designed materials, advanced nuclear, and carbon capture and sequestration. I will also commit to cutting the billions of wasteful tax subsidies oil and gas companies have enjoyed for too long and invest it into clean energy. We’ve got to help expand consumer choice by offering financing tools for grid investments that support the integration of distributed energy resources and for gas pipeline investments that enable households and businesses to switch away from heating oil and other petroleum products. I will help cities, states, and rural communities repair and replace thousands of miles of pipelines by leveraging big data, predictive analytics and innovative testing procedures to more quickly and effectively find and fix pipeline leaks through a public-private partnership between federal regulators, pipeline companies, local utility commissions, and leading technology providers and research institutions.

 

We’ve got to do the work of bringing everyone on board. We failed tragically at that in the last election. I want to make sure coal communities are not being left behind. They are both a part of the process and should reap the benefits. We’ve got to commit to ensuring health and retirement security for people in coal communities by first fighting attempts by former coal companies to use bankruptcy proceedings to shirk the healthcare and pension commitments they’ve made to their retirees, many of whom suffer from black lung disease and other job-related illnesses. But then we’ve got to make sure there’s a partnership in building the infrastructure of the 21st century. Through our infrastructure investment efforts, we can include a focus on economic diversification and revitalization in coal communities, building new roads, bridges, water systems, airports, and transmission lines. To receive the broad support we need to build the kind of clean energy economy we want, we will have to unlock new drivers of economic and employment growth in these communities that connect workers to new jobs and companies to new markets. There’s so much more we can do on that front that I will be continually releasing but I believe it is significant that you know I am committed to what needs to a part of the process.

 

I’ve said so much already but I have so much I want to delve into even more. The bottom line is: what you should take away from this tonight is that I am on your side, and I have plans to make sure we do the bold things that must be done to save Planet Earth. But I need your support and I need your backing and if we work together, we can do great things.

 

God bless you all and goodnight.”

 

Edited by Christopher Williams

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On 4/6/2019 at 9:34 PM, Christopher Williams said:

Williams 2020: Fundraiser #8 (25/40)
Catherine Williams (D), U.S. Senator, California
Target: Wealthy environmentalists, wealthy Democratic mega donors and Liberal activists

Location: San Francisco

 

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Democratic presidential candidate Catherine Williams (D-CA)

 

 

“Thank you all for being here. Hello! Thank you! Well, this is an amazing moment and opportunity to lay before you my vision for expanding our reach in combating climate change and ensuring that we protect the world we believe in.

 

The reason I am running for president is that I recognize that this isn’t a political issue. I think we all know what a drastic conundrum we find ourselves in. And that’s ultimately why we need to take it out of the political context. The Republicans, they don’t want to do that. They want to turn this into some sort of a cultural battle that pits the so-called elite against the working man or woman or family in rural America.

 

Instead, we need a president and an administration that recognizes the need for all of us to be involved because ultimately we’ll all be beneficial. From the rural worker of faith to the urban member of society, there’s a place for everyone in a Green Economy. That is why, today, I am announcing plans to make the United States of America the world’s clean energy superpower. With your help, we can transform U.S. energy and combat the harms of climate change. No more are the forces of Big Oil going to dictate my White House! Instead, I have a plan to make sure that we generate enough renewable energy to power every home in America within a decade - with a promise to make sure there are more than one million solar panels installed across the country by the time I get out of office. Together, we can build the kind of energy infrastructure we need to not only make that happen but supplant our efforts greatly in the combating of climate change.

 

First of all, a major challenge of ours is that our policies and infrastructure have not kept pace with recent changes to the American energy system. We’ve experienced and endured toxic pipeline spills - as we’ve seen recently seen in the news - and deadly rail explosions as the amount of oil produced and transported across the country have expanded. We must - must! - make sure that any new energy distribution networks are built to serve parts of the country still dependent on more polluting propane and fuel oil for heating and cooking. We need to upgrade our electrical grid to harness new technology that reduces energy costs and increases consumer choice and to address the growing threat of cyber attack. And we must invest in the new infrastructure that will make the transition to a clean energy economy possible, keep energy affordable and reliable, meet both baseload and peak demand, protect the health of our families and our climate, and drive job creation and innovation.

 

But aside from that, we need to set bold national goals and go forth in working to reach them. One of the first ways we’re going to do that is by defending, extending, and implementing more and existing pollution and efficiency standards. I will recommit ourselves to the Clean Power Plan and strongly enforce such standards for cars, trucks, and appliances that are already helping clean our air, save families money and fight climate change. Then we’re going to propose investments in clean energy infrastructure, innovation, manufacturing and workforce development to make the U.S. economy more competitive and create good-paying jobs and careers. I will do this by establishing a National Infrastructure Bank to leverage public and private capital to invest in critically important infrastructure projects, including energy infrastructure projects. I will make challenge grants a part of these investments by awarding competitive grants to states cities and rural communities that take the lead in reducing carbon pollution by investing in renewable energy, nuclear power, and carbon capture and sequestration, and reducing energy costs by investing in efficiency in both new and existing buildings. We’re going to get government out of the way of progress, by making the infrastructure review and permitting process more efficient and effective, reforming leasing and expand clean energy production on public lands and waters tenfold within a decade.

 

We’ve got to ensure safe and responsible energy production as we transition to a clean energy economy, ensuring that the fossil fuel production taking place today is safe and responsible. Ultimately, we’re going to have to use a combination of wind, solar, hydro, geothermal, and other forms of renewable electricity to add more power generation capacity to the grid than during any decade in American history. The government has to be more than just not being a barrier, the government must be a partner. I will make sure we’re focusing on solar access - overcoming barriers that prevent low-income and other households from using solar energy to reduce their monthly energy bills; extending federal clean energy incentives and make them more cost effective both for taxpayers and clean energy producers; and investing in clean energy R&D, including in storage technology, designed materials, advanced nuclear, and carbon capture and sequestration. I will also commit to cutting the billions of wasteful tax subsidies oil and gas companies have enjoyed for too long and invest it into clean energy. We’ve got to help expand consumer choice by offering financing tools for grid investments that support the integration of distributed energy resources and for gas pipeline investments that enable households and businesses to switch away from heating oil and other petroleum products. I will help cities, states, and rural communities repair and replace thousands of miles of pipelines by leveraging big data, predictive analytics and innovative testing procedures to more quickly and effectively find and fix pipeline leaks through a public-private partnership between federal regulators, pipeline companies, local utility commissions, and leading technology providers and research institutions.

 

We’ve got to do the work of bringing everyone on board. We failed tragically at that in the last election. I want to make sure coal communities are not being left behind. They are both a part of the process and should reap the benefits. We’ve got to commit to ensuring health and retirement security for people in coal communities by first fighting attempts by former coal companies to use bankruptcy proceedings to shirk the healthcare and pension commitments they’ve made to their retirees, many of whom suffer from black lung disease and other job-related illnesses. But then we’ve got to make sure there’s a partnership in building the infrastructure of the 21st century. Through our infrastructure investment efforts, we can include a focus on economic diversification and revitalization in coal communities, building new roads, bridges, water systems, airports, and transmission lines. To receive the broad support we need to build the kind of clean energy economy we want, we will have to unlock new drivers of economic and employment growth in these communities that connect workers to new jobs and companies to new markets. There’s so much more we can do on that front that I will be continually releasing but I believe it is significant that you know I am committed to what needs to a part of the process.

 

I’ve said so much already but I have so much I want to delve into even more. The bottom line is: what you should take away from this tonight is that I am on your side, and I have plans to make sure we do the bold things that must be done to save Planet Earth. But I need your support and I need your backing and if we work together, we can do great things.

 

God bless you all and goodnight.”

 

 

$650,000

 

 

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