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LCV Action Fund & California LCV Endorse Bryan Caforio for U.S. Congress

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Hannah Blatt, (202) 454-4554 or hannah_blatt@lcv.org

August 25, 2016  

WASHINGTON, DC—The California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) and the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund, announced today their endorsement of Bryan Caforio for Congress (CA-25). Caforio is committed to fighting climate change, growing our clean energy economy and addressing environmental crises like the Aliso Canyon gas leak in Porter Ranch, California.

"The residents of Los Angeles and Ventura counties deserve a representative who is going to always protect public health and fight for green jobs not someone who sat idly by and did nothing while his constituents were sick and forced from their homes,” said LCV Action Fund President Gene Karpinski. “This November, voters have a clear choice with environmental champion Bryan Caforio. He has a record of standing up for California families. We’re excited to have his voice and energy in Congress.”

“The severe drought, record wildfires, and poor air quality that our state is facing are all made dramatically worse because of climate change.” said Sarah Rose, CEO of the California League of Conservation Voters. “Bryan Caforio will be a strong advocate for our state’s air, water and public lands.”   

“Congressman Steve Knight’s failure to act during the Porter Ranch gas leak fits a troubling pattern of Washington politicians taking huge amounts of money from the oil and gas lobby, and then voting against legislation that will improve our environment and our community’s health,” said Bryan Caforio. “I’m proud to be endorsed by the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund, because unlike Rep. Steve Knight, I do believe in climate change and look forward to working with LCV to fight pollution in the 25th District.”

Bryan Caforio was born and raised in Southern California. His parents were both public school teachers. He is currently on leave from Susman Godfrey, where he is a partner practicing commercial litigation law. Caforio is making environmental issues a central piece of his campaign, especially the urgent need to address the risks of underground natural gas storage and prevent future disasters like the one at Aliso Canyon in Porter Ranch, which is located in the 25th Congressional District. The methane leak began in October 2015 and lasted 16 weeks, becoming the largest single natural gas leak in U.S. history and negatively impacting the health of families in the area and California’s efforts to reduce the pollution contributing to climate change. In contrast, Caforio’s opponent, Congressman Steve Knight, did not visit the site until January. Caforio unveiled a responsible legislative solution, the Nation Overcoming Leaking Emissions by Acting Knowingly and Controlling Toxins (NO LEAK ACT), which would strengthen regulations and assist local agencies responding to the crisis while ensuring access to justice for victims.

Caforio is featured on LCV Action Fund’s GiveGreen website, the only bundling website devoted exclusively to raising money for environmental champions for federal office.

About LCV Action Fund

The League of Conservation Voters Action Fund (LCVAF), the connected federal political action committee (PAC) of the League of Conservation Voters, works to elect candidates who will implement sound environmental laws and policies, and defeat those who stand in the way of progress. Since the 1994 election cycle, LCVAF has helped elect and re-elect 69 U.S. Senators and 306 members of the U.S. House of Representatives.  In the 2013-2014 election cycle, LCVAF endorsed over 70 candidates and raised and donated almost $6 million dollars via GiveGreen. Over the last several years, our efforts have also helped elevate climate change and clean energy as critical issues in key elections. 

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Paid for by the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund and California League of Conservation Voters and authorized by Bryan Caforio for Congress.



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