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LCV Announces Launch of Field Program to Elect Ed Markey

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Contact: Jeff Gohringer, (202) 454-4573 or jeff_gohringer@lcv.org

11 Mar 2013  |  Vanessa Kritzer

Grassroots program will talk to voters across Massachusetts

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WASHINGTON – The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) announced today that they’re launching a grassroots field campaign this week to help make climate champion Ed Markey the next United States Senator from Massachusetts. LCV will spend at least $650,000 on this field campaign by the Democratic Senate primary on April 30th, knocking on at least 219,000 doors of likely primary voters across the state. 

“This field campaign will make sure primary voters know that Ed Markey is the only candidate in this race that has written some of the most historic environmental legislation ever considered by Congress. When voters know about Ed Markey’s record of being a champion in the fight to address the climate crisis and stand up to Big Oil, they’ll send him to the United States Senate to fight for them,” said Navin Nayak, LCV Senior Vice President of Campaigns.   

As part of this canvass, LCV will talk to primary voter in the communities of Cambridge, Somerville, Arlington, Medford, Framingham, Waltham, Lexington, Needham, Watertown, Woburn, Malden, Melrose, Everett, Belmont, Wakefield, Wellesley, Winchester, Reading, Concord, Burlington, Stoneham, Winthrop, Wayland, Bedford, Chelsea, Weston, Milton, Dover and Quincy.

LCV talked to voters in many of these communities during their successful grassroots field campaign to elect Senator Elizabeth Warren last year. In that race, LCV spent more than $870,000 on its field campaign to defeat Senator Scott Brown, and knocked on 400,000 doors in Massachusetts.  

In addition to earning an impressive 94% lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard, Markey helped write the American Clean Energy and Security Act, a landmark comprehensive clean energy and climate change bill. The passage of this bill through the House of Representatives in 2009 marked the first time either house of Congress had approved a comprehensive bill to reduce climate change pollution.

From fighting climate change to protecting public lands to holding Big Oil accountable, it’s hard to find an environmental issue that Markey hasn’t led on. LCV Action Fund, which works to elect candidates who promote sound environmental policies, endorsed Markey for U.S. Senate in January, highlighting how he built his career around combating the climate crisis and protecting the environment.

Last week, LCV Action Fund announced that it has already raised or contributed more than $100,000 for Markey through its GiveGreen program since endorsing him in January. This is the quickest LCV Action Fund has ever raised $100,000 for a candidate, and shows the enormous grassroots enthusiasm for Markey’s campaign. 

LCV and NARAL Pro-Choice America released new polling in the Massachusetts Democratic Senate primary last week showing that Democratic and independent voters overwhelming support Markey's strong track record supporting a woman's right to choose and standing up to Big Oil. The poll showed Markey leading Congressman Stephen Lynch by double digits, 42% to 28%.

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