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Contact: Jeff Gohringer, 202-454-4573 or Jeff_Gohringer@lcv.org
WASHINGTON – The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) President Gene Karpinski today congratulated Jon Tester on his victory in the Monatana Senate race. LCV spent more than $1.4 million in this race, forming a coalition to defeat Dennis Rehberg and launching field and GOTV programs to help bring Tester to victory. LCV Action Fund also raised or contributed more than $246,000 to Tester through its GiveGreen program and 359 LCV members volunteered with the Tester campaign.
“LCV entered this cycle with one major goal - to build support in Congress for addressing climate change. Jon Tester’s victory has shown that the politics of climate change are shifting all across the country. We look forward to continuing to work with Senator Tester to confront the climate crisis and move America towards a clean energy future,” said Karpinski.
Rehberg’s defeat is a significant victory for LCV’s “Dirty Dozen” program. In May, LCV named Rehberg 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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