The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) works to turn environmental values into national priorities, and the 2012 Environmental Facebook demonstrates that there will be many new members of the 113th Congress working to do just that. The 2012 Environmental Facebook summarizes the backgrounds and environmental positions of newly elected federal candidates who were endorsed and/or financially supported by LCV Action Fund. To download a copy of the 2012 Environmental Facebook, click here. For a complete list of LCV Action Fund endorsements, including those of incumbents who were reelected, click here.
As in past election cycles, LCV Action Fund supported federal candidates who demonstrated a commitment to protecting the environment and public health, confronting the climate crisis, and promoting clean energy. In the 2012 election cycle, LCV Action Fund endorsed and/or financially supported candidates in U.S. Senate and U.S. House races across the country in addition to working to reelect President Obama. LCV and its affiliated political committees, LCV Victory Fund and LCV Action Fund, spent nearly $14 million on independent expenditure campaigns – more than the last three election cycles combined. LCV Action Fund’s GiveGreen program, the only bundling program and website devoted to raising political contributions for pro-environment candidates, bundled and contributed more than $2.1 million this cycle. In addition, about 10,000 LCV members volunteered their time to help elect many pro-environment candidates across the country.
Our signature Dirty Dozen program once again targeted anti-environmental candidates in races in which we had a serious chance to affect the outcome. This year, LCV’s efforts helped defeat 10 of 11 Dirty Dozen members with one race outstanding, including the highest-profile member of the Dirty Dozen, Mitt Romney. LCV also launched a program this cycle targeting five U.S. House members of the Dirty Dozen who reject the scientific consensus on climate change. We have helped defeat three members of the Flat Earth Five and are leading in a race that is too close to call.
The 2012 Environmental Facebook includes 34 new members of the U.S. House and seven new members of the U.S. Senate. LCV looks forward to working with them and with returning members of Congress and the Obama administration to protect the environment and public health, reduce global warming pollution, and bring about a clean energy future.