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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 4

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Robert Lawton

4,593 votes (2.2%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Impeach Trump.
  • Gun control.
  • Massive clean energy initiative.



  • I'm originally from NYC & moved to California in 2006. In 2012, I visited this gorgeous area & basically never left!
  • I'm a California Registered Investment Advisor & former Wall St. Executive. More recently I wrote a book, made a film, & became CEO of a company.
  • I live on a 40-acre ranch near Yosemite with my dogs & cats, and despite the dry summers, foxtails & rattlesnakes? I love it here! 

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Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (5)

Question 1

What financing method(s) would you support to repair or improve roads, rails, ports, airports, the electrical grid and other infrastructure in the U.S.?

No answer provided.
What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages secure affordable health care?
Answer from Robert Lawton:

I proudly support Medicare For All.

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the House.
Answer from Robert Lawton:

I believe we need to pass a clean DREAM ACT, pass DAPA & #AbolishICE.

What programs or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of Californians and the federal water project infrastructure in California?
Answer from Robert Lawton:

I believe every Californian should watch the stunning documentary "Water & Power: A California Heist". AFter seeing it, I have many thoughts re; water solutions, including rescinding the disastrous Monterey Agreement.

According to a "Civility In America” survey, 75% of Americans believe that the U.S. has a major civility problem. If you are elected what will do to address this?
Answer from Robert Lawton:

I think much of the blame for this lays at the feet of our current President, and can also be traced to the horrendous Citizens United decision. If elected, I'll fight to spearhead a constitutional amendment to end Citizen's United.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $700

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:


More information about contributions

By State:

California 100.00%

By Size:

Large contributions (100.00%)
Small contributions (0.00%)

By Type:

From organizations (100.00%)
From individuals (0.00%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

  • TRUMP: I believe Donald Trump presents a clear & present danger to our country & the world, and needs to be removed from office immediately. 
  • GUNS: I'm a gun owner. That said; I believe ​The Assault Weapons Ban doesn't go far enough, & no-one outside of active law enforcement or the military should be able to legally own a semi-automatic "assault weapon". If elected, I'll fight for much more comprehensive gun control measures, similar to what was done in Australia.
  • JOBS & THE ENVIRONMENTI believe the single greatest threat to our planet is climate change, and the most effective way to combat it, (while creating millions of jobs), is through a massive clean energy initiative. 
  • IMMIGRATION: I believe we need to pass a clean DREAM ACT, pass DAPA & #AbolishICE.
  • ABORTION: I'm Pro-Choice, believe in defending Roe v. Wade, Planned Parenthood, & a woman's right to choose.
  • PUBLIC COLLEGE: I believe wholeheartedly in Senator Bernie Sanders' "College For All" Act. 
  • FOREIGN AFFAIRS: I believe The United States has no business intervening in the affairs of another nation, until or unless human rights are being violated, and then I believe we have AN OBLIGATION TO INTERVENE.
  • DEMOCRATSI believe the majority of establishment Democrats more closely resemble moderate Republicans, than the type of genuinely progressive, gutsy liberals I grew up admiring.
  • HEALTHCARE: I believe in Medicare For All.
  • MARIJUANA: I believe marijuana should be removed from the ‘Schedule I’ classification of the Controlled Substances Act & Federally decriminalized, much in the same way The Volstead Act was repealed.
  • WAGES: I believe in a Federal $15 minimum wage.
  • MONEY IN POLITICS: I believe Citizens United was a ruinous decision. I will not accept any contributions from PAC's, Super PAC's or corporations for my campaign & if elected, I'll fight to roll-back this horrendous ruling.
  • VOTING: I believe the Electoral College should be abolished & a "one person, one vote" majority should decide Presidential elections. Further, I believe in OPEN PRIMARIES, and PAPER BALLOTS, with receipts.
  • TERM LIMITS: I fully support, and will fight to implement term limits on members of the House and Senate.
  • NET NEUTRALITY: I'm 100% in favor of net-neutrality & believe Ajit Pai's Sinclair decision may prove to be corrupt.
  • PRIVACY RIGHTS: I believe Edward Snowden & Chelsea Manning are American hero's, not criminals.
  • DRONE PROGRAM: I believe President Obama's extrajudicial drone assassinations are a disgraceful legacy.
  • MILITARY SPENDING: I'm disgusted by Senators like Liz Warren & Kamala Harris voting for Trump's defense bill.
  • DEATH PENALTY: I'm against the death penalty as I believe there's too great a risk of executing a potentially innocent person, and evidence shows definitively the death penalty does not serve as a deterrent to crime.

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