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WASHINGTON – The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) today named Josh Mandel to its “Dirty Dozen” program, which targets candidates— regardless of party affiliation — who consistently side against clean energy programs that help grow our economy. Mandel’s campaign has received thousands in campaign contribution from Big Oil interests, and he opposes clean energy programs that are creating jobs in Ohio and across the country.
“If Josh Mandel is elected, Ohioans will have a Senator who sides with Big Oil and helps China create clean energy manufacturing jobs that should be made here in America,” said Navin Nayak, LCV Senior Vice President of Campaigns.
During his campaign, Mandel has led the charge in defending corporate polluters because they are standing up for him. His campaign has received $193,550 from the oil and gas industry, who rank among his top-11 campaign contributors.
He’s such a strong supporter of Big Oil that he has the backing of Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS’ “New Majority Agenda.” Crossroads advocates keeping Big Oil’s special tax breaks in place despite the fact that oil companies have used our tax dollars to pad their already soaring profits. From 2005 to 2010, the five biggest oil companies raked in over $500 billion in profits while laying off over 11,000 workers in the United States.
Mandel also opposes job-creating investments in the clean energy sector, which are helping create jobs in Ohio. In opposing clean energy, Mandel is advocating for policies that would create jobs overseas instead of here at home.
Since 1996, 60 percent of the “Dirty Dozen” have been defeated. This cycle, LCV has already announced candidates including Virginia Senate candidate George Allen, New Mexico Senate candidate Heather Wilson and Rep. Tim Holden to its 2012 “Dirty Dozen.” Rep. Holden was defeated earlier this year in the Democratic primary for Pennsylvania’s 17th congressional district. For a full list, click here.
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