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Contact: Jeff Gohringer, 202-454-4573 or Jeff_Gohringer@lcv.org
WASHINGTON – The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) today announced the launch of a massive get-out-the-vote operation across Montana, the final phase of its grassroots field campaign to defeat Dennis Rehberg. Beginning this week, LCV’s GOTV program will knock on over 35,000 doors across Billings, Missoula, Bozeman, Helena, and Laurel through Election Day to encourage likely Jon Tester supporters to get to the polls.
"We are launching an unprecedented grassroots effort this weekend to get out the vote of Montanans who hunt, fish, hike, and camp and care deeply about our outdoor heritage," said Theresa Keaveny, Montana Conservation Voters Executive Director. "Montanans strongly oppose Dennis Rehberg's effort to give our public lands over to the control of Homeland Security."
“Jon Tester has the support he needs to win this race and LCV’s field program will help ensure he’s successful next week,” said Navin Nayak, LCV Senior Vice President for Campaigns.
LCV’s GOTV program includes more than 50 statewide staff and dozens of volunteers to maximize voter turnout by Election Day. The organization, which has already signed up more than 29,000 Tester supporters to vote by mail, is playing a major role in this Senate race, which Tester won in 2006 by 3,562 votes. LCV has made this race a top priority this cycle, spending more than $1.3 million so far, including roughly $1 million on a door-to-door campaign in Billings, Missoula, Helena and Bozeman.
Rehberg cosponsored H.R. 1505, a bill giving the U.S. Department of Homeland Security unprecedented control over millions of acres of public land in Montana. The legislation passed the House of Representatives in June as part of a broader bill.
Earlier this year, LCV named Rehberg to its 2012 “Dirty Dozen” list. The “Dirty Dozen” program targets candidates for Congress — regardless of party affiliation — who consistently vote against clean energy and conservation and are running in races in which LCV has a serious chance to affect the outcome.
Rehberg has earned a horrible lifetime score of just 6% on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard. The non-partisan Scorecard is a nationally accepted yardstick used to rate members of Congress on conservation 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 http://www.lcv.org/scorecard.
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