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LCV Congratulates Markey on Primary Victory in Massachusetts Senate Race

Contact: Jeff Gohringer, 202-454-4573 or April 30, 2013  

WASHINGTON – The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) President Gene Karpinski congratulated Ed Markey on his Democratic primary victory today in the Massachusetts Senate race. LCV has made this race a top priority, already investing nearly $850,000 on a grassroots field campaign to support Markey, knocking on more than 250,000 doors and making more than 180,000 phone calls to voters across the state ahead of tonight’s primary.
“Voters across Massachusetts sent a strong message tonight that Ed Markey is the leader we need in the United States Senate. His work helping to create the clean energy economy and the jobs we need is clearly resonating across the state. Ed Markey has never stopped fighting for us, and we’re going to keep fighting for him,” said Scott Nathan, Chairman of the League of Conservation Voters.
“The people of Massachusetts are one step closer to sending the biggest climate change champion in Congress to the United States Senate,” said Gene Karpinski, President of LCV. “Ed Markey is far and away the clear choice in this race when it comes to fighting climate change and standing up to Big Oil. We congratulate Ed Markey on his win tonight and are committed to making him the next United States Senator from Massachusetts.”
LCV Action fund endorsed Markey in January, citing his impressive 94% lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard and his work writing 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.
LCV Action Fund has also raised or contributed more than $234,000 for Markey through its GiveGreen program, the quickest that LCV Action Fund has ever raised $200,000 for a candidate. GiveGreen is the only website devoted exclusively to raising money for environmental champions and candidates.
As part of its field campaign, LCV focused on many of the same communities it canvassed during its successful grassroots field campaign to elect Senator Elizabeth Warren last year. In that race, LCV spent more than $870,000 on its field campaign, and knocked on 400,000 doors in Massachusetts.  Last cycle, LCV and its affiliated political committees spent nearly $14 million nationwide, more than the last three cycles combined.

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