SeaWorld also directs cash toward local politicians. Here are the local San Diego politicians that have received donations from SeaWorld, its executives or its political action committee since 2012:
Rep. Susan Davis (D), state Senate candidate George Plescia (R), former state Assembly candidate Mary England (R), House candidate Carl DeMaio (R), Assemblyman Brian Jones (R), Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins (D), Rep. Scott Peters (D), Faulconer (R), Assemblyman Brian Maienschein (R), Rep. Duncan Hunter Jr. (R), Gloria (D), state Sen. Marty Block (D), Assemblywoman Shirley Weber (D), City Councilman Scott Sherman (R), former mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher (D), former City Council candidate Ray Ellis (R), former Rep. Brian Bilbray (R), City Councilwoman Lorie Zapf (R) and state Sen. Ben Hueso (D).
Gov. Jerry Brown also received donations from the company, as did state Assemblyman Anthony Rendon, who leads the committee that tabled the "Blackfish" bill (though Rendon made it clear that he was not in favor of orca captivity at the bill's hearing). SeaWorld's political action committee (PAC), started in 2011, also donates large sums to national politicians, including $5,000 to Democratic Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety -- which SeaWorld has been actively lobbying against for some time, possibly because OSHA was the instigating force behind "Blackfish." Voice of San Diego reports: