LCV Congratulates Heinrich on Victory in Senate Race
WASHINGTON – The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) President Gene Karpinski tonight congratulated Martin Heinrich on his victory in the New Mexico Senate race. LCV was part of an environmental coalition that spent nearly $2 million to elect Heinrich. LCV spent $389,000 running TV ads and launching a mail program to defeat Heather Wilson. LCV Action Fund also raised or contributed nearly than $200,000 to Heinrich through its GiveGreen program.
“LCV entered this cycle with one major goal - to build support in Congress for addressing climate change. Martin Heinrich’s victory tonight has shown that the politics of climate change are shifting all across the country. We look forward to working with Senator-electHeinrich to confront the climate crisis and move America towards a clean energy future,” said Karpinski.
LCV partnered with five other environmental groups -- Defenders of Wildlife Action, Environment America, National Wildlife Action, NRDC Action Fund, Sierra Club – on an unprecedented collaborative campaign in which the groups collectively spent nearly $2 million during the summer.
Wilson’s defeat is a significant victory for LCV’s “Dirty Dozen” program. In May, LCV named
Wilson to its 2012 "Dirty Dozen" list, which targets candidates— regardless of party affiliation — who consistently side against clean energy and conservation and are running in races in which LCV has a serious chance to affect the outcome. Since 1996, 60 percent of the “Dirty Dozen” have been defeated.
LCV and affiliated political committees have spent nearly $14 million this cycle—more than the last three cycles combined—to defend clean energy and climate champions like President Obama and candidates for the House and Senate nationwide. Beyond our independent expenditure work, LCV Action Fund also raised and contributed more than $2 million for candidates, more than ever before.
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