When a $16,000 contribution to Supervisor Das Williams came to light, residents began to ask who is taking money from the cannabis industry? Santa Barbara Independent
- A public record search of every contribution of $1,000 or more in 2017 and 2018 showed Williams received about $23,000 in pot biz political contributions, totaling 17% of the total contributions he received.
- Williams contributed $16,000 and $12,000 to the campaigns of Supervisors Joan Hartmann and Joe Lavagnino respectively. A total of four of the body’s officials received industry contributions of $10,000 or more.
- These Santa Barbara Supervisors donations have local critics insisting that Williams, Hartmann and Lavagnino recuse themselves from issues related to marijuana business.