Six months after launching a political committee to support anti-pollution candidates across America, actress and activist Jane Fonda is endorsing Democratic candidate Aramis Ayala for Attorney General.
On Monday, the Jane Fonda Climate PAC announced its support of Ayala, a former State Attorney, over incumbent Republican Attorney General Ashley Moody. The organization also posted a video to Twitter of Fonda reiterating the endorsement.
“For too long, fossil fuel companies have had a stranglehold on Florida’s politicians,” Fonda said in a statement.
“Likewise, corporate polluters have not been held accountable. They are getting a free pass. Aramis Ayala has shown time and again that she believes no one is above the law, and that she is ready to fight for change. We must elect her as the state’s next Attorney General.”
Since its March founding, the Jane Fonda Climate PAC has raised more than $670,000 through personal contributions. Donors to the PAC include documentary filmmaker Abigail Disney, artist Shepard Fairey, oil heiress and philanthropist Aileen Getty, screenwriter and producer Norman Lear and actor and environmental activist Mark Ruffalo.
Fonda herself gave the PAC $150,000.
Through June 30, the organization has spent about $227,000, including donations to Pennsylvania congressional candidate Summer Lee, former Congresswoman Donna Edwards and former Rhode Island congressional candidate David Segal, among others.
Ayala said she is honored to receive the Jane Fonda Climate PAC endorsement, which joins others from the Democratic Black Caucus of Florida, Ruth’s List Florida, Working Families, Democracy for America, Democratic Public Education Caucus, The Collective PAC, Elect Black Women, Florida College Democrats, Higher Heights for America, LEAD, OCYD, Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus, SEIU Florida, retired NBA star Shaquille O’Neal and musician John Legend.
“Like Jane has done for her entire career, I promise I will never deviate from my beliefs or values, no matter the cost,” she said in a statement. “That means working tirelessly to stop climate change and end our devastating reliance on fossil fuels. This fight is critical for our planet, and my two beautiful daughters will inherit it.”
The group argues Florida, broadly considered the nation’s ground zero for climate change, must elect officials who will reverse counterintuitive measures like a law Gov. Ron DeSantis signed last year prohibiting localities from limiting fossil fuel use and moving to cleaner energy sources.
“Ayala is no stranger to hard fights,” the group said, adding that she will “have no problem standing up to special interests and companies that cause extreme environmental harm.”
Fonda, who confirmed Sept. 2 that she is undergoing chemotherapy to treat non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, called Ayala “totally unafraid to hold big oil and fossil fuel polluters accountable” and “exactly the kind of leader we need in office to tackle the climate crisis.”
Florida’s first Black State Attorney, Ayala served for one term in the Orlando area from 2017 to 2021. That May, she announced plans to run for the U.S. Senate, then the U.S. House, before switching to the Attorney General race in March.
Last month, she defeated two fellow Democrats with 45% of the vote in a Primary Election to secure the right to challenge Moody in the Nov. 8 General Election.
Ayala is running at a significant funding disadvantage. Through Sept. 9, she has raised about $141,000 through her campaign account. A political committee associated with her campaign, Justice for Florida PC, raised another $34,000 over the same period.
The two accounts held less than $38,000 combined this month.
Moody, meanwhile, has raised more than $1.7 million through her campaign account alone this election cycle. Combined with six-figure sums added monthly to her political committee, Friends of Ashley Moody, she has nearly $7 million left to spend through Election Day.
September 19, 2022 at 4:30 pm
Wow Hanoi Jane endorses Ayala to fight for climate change. Hey Hanoi and Ayala. don’t California my Florida.
September 20, 2022 at 2:12 pm
so old, so dumb
September 19, 2022 at 5:12 pm
Aramis Ayala has my vote. All Republicans need to be voted out of office until they can learn how to govern.
September 19, 2022 at 5:44 pm
Peter you never met a left winger that you haven’t liked. I just cancelled your vote.🤣
September 19, 2022 at 5:40 pm
I’m not sure what that adds to the campaign. Of course the anonymous trolls like Impeach Biden wouldn;t vote for her anyway.
September 19, 2022 at 5:42 pm
I’m not a troll and you are exactly right that I would never vote for Ayala. Hanoi Jane’s endorsement confirms that I and many others will make the right choice for Florida.
September 19, 2022 at 9:00 pm
We don’t who you are. you;re just another chicken-hearted anonymous poster.
September 20, 2022 at 6:52 am
How do we know that your name is really Tom Palmer? You could quite possibly be one of the additional personalities of the Corsin, Offen, Crist band of misfits. Posting one’s real name this day and age isn’t really smart in my opinion. One day some nut job that doesn’t agree with your opinions shows up at your house wanting to kill you. If you don’t like what I say then simply ignore it.
September 20, 2022 at 2:15 pm
blah, blah, blah… the only one showing up with a gun is an angry out of control republican, aka Jan 6th….
September 20, 2022 at 3:33 pm
Uh huh. I take it you didn’t see the Democrat swinging an axe in a NYC fast food restaurant yesterday. There are plenty of nuts on your side too Angela. Look at all the Democrats shooting the police.
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