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LCV Billboards Hit Benishek For Having “Head in the Sand” On Climate Change

Contact: Jeff Gohringer, 202-454-4573 or

October 16, 2012  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) today announced a new billboard campaign targeting Rep. Dan Benishek (MI-01) for his extreme, anti-science views on climate change. The billboards, which will be up in Traverse City, Petoskey, and Gaylord through Election Day read,  “When it comes to climate change, Congressman Dan Benishek keeps his head in the sand.”

“Benishek’s head may be in the sand when it comes to climate change, but his extreme views are out there for all voters to see,” said Navin Nayak, LCV Senior Vice President of Campaigns.

The billboard campaign is part of LCV’s $2 million Flat Earth Five program, which Benishek was named to in July. The program aims to defeat five climate change deniers in the House of Representatives this election cycle. More information about the Flat Earth Five can be found online at

The Michigan League of Conservation Voters launched a $330,000 television ad campaign last month criticizing Rep. Benishek for his efforts to slash clean water standards protecting the Great Lakes and touting McDowell’s proven record of holding polluters accountable. As part of the ad campaign, two ads ran on broadcast and cable in the Traverse City and Marquette media markets.

Rep. Benishek’s voting record is so bad that he’s earned an abysmal 3% lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard. 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

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