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Contact: Jeff Gohringer, 202-454-4573 or Jeff_Gohringer@lcv.org
WASHINGTON – As early voting begins in Montana, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) announced today that it has already signed up more than 28,000 Tester supporters to vote by mail since the launch of its field campaign earlier this year. LCV’s field campaign is playing a major role in this Senate race, which Tester won in 2006 by 3,562 votes.
"As absentee ballots are cast, voters are rallying behind Jon Tester because he's a champion for hunting, fishing, hiking and camping - the Montana way of life," said Theresa Keaveny, Montana Conservation Voters Executive Director. "Montanans don't abide by Congressman Rehberg's land grab policies, especially as hunting season starts."
“While Karl Rove continues to spend millions lying about Senator Tester’s record on TV, LCV has made a major investment in making sure Tester supporters get to the polls. In what is certain to be a close race, we think this can make the difference,” said Navin Nayak, LCV Senior Vice President for Campaigns.
LCV has made this race a top priority this cycle, spending more than $1.3 million so far, including more than $600,000 in expenditures so far on the door-to-door campaign in Billings, Missoula, Helena and Bozeman.
LCV is part of a coalition effort with Montana Hunters and Anglers Leadership Fund and Montana Conservation Voters aimed at highlighting Rehberg’s record on issues related to Montana's outdoor heritage. Rehberg cosponsored H.R. 1505, a bill giving the U.S. Department of Homeland Security unprecedented control over millions of acres of public land in Montana. The legislation passed the House of Representatives in June as part of a broader bill.
Rehberg has earned a horrible lifetime score of just 6% on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard. The non-partisan Scorecard is a nationally accepted yardstick used to rate members of Congress on environmental and clean energy issues. Based on key environmental votes in the House and Senate, it is often used by the media to quickly describe a Member’s position. For more information, visit http://www.lcv.org/scorecard.
Earlier this year, LCV named Rehberg to its 2012 “Dirty Dozen” list. The “Dirty Dozen” program targets candidates for Congress — regardless of party affiliation — who consistently vote against clean energy and conservation and are running in races in which LCV has a serious chance to affect the outcome.
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