NextGen America Puts Up Billboard Calling Out Rep. Rohrabacher for Supporting Offshore Drilling

Urges voters to take action and hold Rohrabacher accountable in November

  The image above is featured on the billboard on the south side of the Garden Grove Freeway 

Garden Grove, CA — Yesterday, NextGen America put up its first billboard calling out Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48) for his support of the Trump Administration’s proposal to expand offshore drilling off of the California coast. The digital billboard is located off of the south side of the Garden Grove Freeway in Orange County near Exit 12A and directs Orange County residents to visit, where they sign up and get involved in the fight to protect California’s coasts from representatives like Rohrabacher.

“From refusing to support the Dream Act to pushing for more offshore oil drilling, Dana Rohrabacher is completely out of touch with the wishes of the constituents he claims to represent,” said NextGen America President Tom Steyer. “The health and safety of coastal communities in California is not for sale, and our representatives must protect Californians from profit-hungry oil companies that recklessly pursue profits at our expense. Republicans like Rohrabacher are willing to auction off their constituents’ well-being to the highest bidder. Californians need to send them packing this November. We can’t put up with their corruption any longer.”

In Rohrabacher’s district, an overwhelming 61% of constituents oppose offshore drilling off the California coast, according to recent polling. The billboards are part of NextGen America’s larger effort to flip 7 Republican seats in California seen as essential to Democratic hopes of winning a majority in the House of Representatives this fall.

Earlier this month, at a protest in Huntington Beach, NextGen America called out Republicans Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48) and Mimi Walters (CA-45) for supporting the Trump Administration’s disastrous call for new oil drilling projects off the California coast. NextGen joined with local activists to rally outside Rep. Rohrabacher’s office in Huntington Beach andtook out a half-page ad in the Orange County Register urging Californians to stop Rohrabacher and Walters from threatening California’s coastline.

NextGen also recently ramped up its commitment to ousting Republicans like Walters and Rohrabacher in California, announcing a $3.5 million initial investment in engaging, registering, and turning out young voters in California. The effort spans at least 30 campuses, including 12 community colleges across the state. NextGen has been on the ground for months organizing and engaging young voters, and by Election Day, over 80 youth organizers will engage and mobilize young people to elect progressives up and down the ballot and unseat Republicans in districts 10, 21, 25, 39, 45, 48, and 49.

In addition to its youth organizing program, NextGen America is working with the California Labor Federation and local community groups through “Uniting California,” an effort to engage and educate over half a million voters in seven Republican-held congressional districts in California.