“While in office, Rep. Steve Pearce took good care of Big Oil by
maintaining their costly tax breaks while voting against every
opportunity to create clean energy jobs, reduce pollution and improve
fuel economy for New Mexico families,” said Karpinski. “His acceptance
of nearly a million dollars in campaign contributions proves that as a
returning Congressman he would be paid for by Big Oil and that’s why LCV
is wasting no time naming him to the Dirty Dozen for the 2010 campaign
In addition to owning millions of dollars of stock in Key Energy, a Texas-based oil services company, Rep. Pearce has accepted more from the oil and gas industry, $923,972, than from any other economic sector. He has voted to give more than $14 billion in tax breaks to the oil industry, opposed renewable electricity, and fought against fuel efficient cars that would save New Mexico families hundreds of dollars at the pump. LCV helped to defeat Rep. Pearce during his bid for the New Mexico seat in the U.S. Senate in its 2008 Dirty Dozen campaign. During his five years in Congress, Rep. Pearce earned an abysmal lifetime LCV score of 3%.
 LCV's trademark "Dirty Dozen" program targets current and former members of Congress - regardless of party affiliation - who consistently vote against the environment and are running in races where LCV has a serious chance of affecting the outcome.