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Koch Brothers Give Seal of Approval to Anti-Environmental Senators

Contact: Jeff Gohringer, (202) 454-4573 or

February 26, 2013  

AFP's Big Oil Scorecard badly at odds with LCV Scorecard, expert consensus

WASHINGTON, DC – The most notorious oil executives in America – the Koch brothers – recently defended their allies in Congress when their front group, Americans for Prosperity (AFP), gave their stamp of approval to some of the most anti-environmental members of Congress. The Koch brothers, ranked #2 on Rolling Stone’s list of those blocking progress on global warming, used the release of their Key Votes Scorecard: 112th Congress to reward their Congressional allies for orchestrating an extreme assault on the environment and public health.

The rankings by Americans for Prosperity were released the same day as LCV’s 2012 National Environmental Scorecard, and AFP's Koch-backed "analysis" stands in stark contrast to the findings of experts from across the environmental community. In fact, 77 percent of the Senators that aced AFP’s scorecard with a 90 or above earned a dismal 10 or below on LCV’s Scorecard, which reflects the consensus of actual experts from 20 respected environmental and conservation organizations.

The Koch brothers rewarded some of the worst-ranking Senators on LCV’s 2012 Scorecard: 

 Senator  AFP Score  LCV Score
 Marco Rubio (FL)  100  14
 Jim DeMint (SC)  97  7
 Orrin Hatch (UT)  97  7
 Ron Johnson (WI)  97  0
 Mike Lee (UT)  97  7
 Tom Coburn (OK)  94  7
 Bob Corker (TN)  94  7
 John Cornyn (TX) 94  14
 Mike Crapo (ID)  94  14
 John McCain (AZ)  94  0
 Pat Toomey (PA)  94  0
 Rand Paul (KY)  91  0
 James Risch (ID)  91  7


LCV's 2012 National Environmental Scorecard reflects the U.S. House of Representatives’ extreme assault on the environment and public health and highlights work by the Obama administration and allies in the U.S. Senate to defend the important safeguards Americans rely on.

The 2012 Scorecard includes votes during the second session of the 112th Congress. It includes 14 Senate votes and, for the second consecutive year, a record 35 House votes on issues ranging from public health protections to clean energy to land and wildlife conservation.

For over 40 years, the National Environmental Scorecard issued by LCV has been the nationally accepted yardstick used to rate members of Congress on environmental, public health, and energy issues. The full Scorecard can be found online at   


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