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LCV Ad Hits Canseco for Voting to Give Himself a Tax Cut While Slashing Jobs

Contact: Jeff Gohringer, 202-454-4573 or

September 27, 2012  

$600,000 buy in San Antonio market highlights votes against clean energy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) today launched a $600,000 television ad campaign against Rep. Francisco Canseco (TX-23) for voting to provide tax cuts for millionaires like him while slashing job-creating investments in clean energy. The ad buy will run on cable and broadcast in the San Antonio market beginning today and running through October 18th.

“Congressman Canseco got to Washington and voted to give himself a huge tax cut while endangering thousands of clean energy jobs in Texas,” said Navin Nayak, LCV Senior Vice President of Campaigns.

The ad hits Canseco for voting for the extreme Ryan budget, which would slash billions of dollars of investments in clean energy technology while providing huge new tax cuts for millionaires like him. In voting for this plan, Canseco was voting to give himself a tax cut of about $2,800 every year. Also, Canseco was slapped with more than $715,000 in liens over unpaid taxes and fees.  

Canseco was also one of just 69 members of Congress who voted to eliminate funding for the Department of Energy’s energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. Canseco’s voting record is so bad that he’s earned a horrible 3% lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard.

LCV has already spent more than $300,000 in this race. Last month, Canseco was named to LCV’s $2 million Flat Earth Five program for his extreme anti-science positions. The program aims to defeat five climate change deniers in the House of Representatives this election cycle.

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

Backup for the ad is available here.

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