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LCV Action Fund & Conservation Voters New Mexico Endorse Martin Heinrich for U.S. Senate

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Contact: Kate Geller, (202) 785-8683 or kate_geller@lcv.org 27 Apr 2011  

Washington, DC – Today the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund, which works to elect candidates who will implement sound environmental policies, and Conservation Voters New Mexico jointly announced their endorsement of Martin Heinrich for U.S. Senate. This is the first endorsement given by the two organizations in the 2012 election cycle and the earliest endorsement ever given by the LCV Action Fund.

“Martin Heinrich has  been an invaluable leader in championing clean energy jobs and protecting our natural treasures while demonstrating that he’ll stand up to corporate polluters and fight for the interests of New Mexicans,” said LCV Action Fund President Gene Karpinski. “LCV Action Fund is proud to endorse Martin Heinrich for the U.S. Senate because he understands that the policies needed to grow New Mexico’s economy and keep America’s competitive edge are the same policies that will reduce our dependence on foreign oil and curb harmful carbon pollution.”

During his tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives representing New Mexico's 1st district Rep. Heinrich has earned a perfect 100% lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard.*Rep. Heinrich’s role as a champion on environmental issues is further demonstrated by his participation in the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition and his steadfast defense of the EPA’s ability to protect public health and hold polluters accountable under the Clean Air Act. He also works to protect New Mexico’s abundant natural resources and public lands as an active member on the House Committee on Natural Resources.

"Martin Heinrich's superb leadership exemplifies that he lives, breathes, and leads by the wise words of the great conservationist Aldo Leopold: 'When we take care of the land, the land takes care of us,'" said Sandy Buffett, Executive Director of Conservation Voters New Mexico.   

Rep. Heinrich also supported the single largest investment in clean energy in history: more than $80 billion for energy efficiency, renewable energy and public transit in the economic recovery package, with substantial investments going to job-creating clean energy and energy efficiency projects in New Mexico’s 1st district.

"It is an honor to have the support of the members of the League of Conservation Voters and Conservation Voters New Mexico. Our nation faces a tremendous challenge in our need to reverse climate change and to lead the world in clean energy technology. I share their commitment in rising to that challenge," said Martin Heinrich. "Here in New Mexico, we already know the potential for clean energy to create jobs and jumpstart our economy. Through American ingenuity and the right policies we can unleash the full potential of this growing industry and put even more Americans to work building the clean energy economy."

LCV, and its connected political committees LCV Action Fund and LCV Victory Fund, spent $5.5 million electing pro-environment candidates in the 2010 election cycle, including $118,860 in independent expenditure spending on behalf of Rep. Heinrich. Additionally, LCV Action contributed or raised more than $1.3 million for pro-environment candidates – the most ever contributed or raised by the organization in an election cycle.

Rep. Heinrich is featured on LCVAF’s GiveGreen website, www.givegreen.com, the only bundling website devoted exclusively to raising money for environmental champions and candidates.

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Paid for by the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund, www.lcvactionfund.org, and authorized by Martin Heinrich for Senate.

*The non-partisan LCV Scorecard is a nationally accepted yardstick used to rate Members of Congress on conservation and clean energy issues. Based on key conservation 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://lcv.org/scorecard



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