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Contact: Jeff Gohringer, 202-454-4573 or Jeff_Gohringer@lcv.org
WASHINGTON – The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) was crucial in helping Pete Gallego defeat former Rep. Ciro Rodriguez in last night’s primary for Texas’ 23rd Congressional district. After endorsing Gallego, LCV spent nearly $300,000 on television advertising, mail programs and phone banking against Rodriguez.
"We targeted Ciro Rodriguez because he broke his word and refused to stand up and support President Obama’s clean energy legislation,” said Navin Nayak, LCV Senior Vice President for Campaigns.
In April, LCV Action Fund endorsed Gallego, citing his service as a Texas state representative. Gallego’s strong voting record on the environment and public health has earned him an excellent score of 93% on LCV state league partner Texas League of Conservation Voters’ 2011 Legislative Scorecard, and 100% on the 2007 and 2009 scorecards.
The following month, LCV launched a $95,296 mail program targeting Rep. Rodriguez. The program included four flights of mail targeting 42,000 households throughout the district. The mail pieces highlighted Rodriguez’s record of standing with corporate polluters instead of supporting President Obama’s clean energy jobs policies.
LCV also took that message to broadcast television, launching a $120,000 television ad campaign in the San Antonio media market that ran from May 22-28. The ad continued to target Rep. Rodriguez for supporting then-President Bush’s energy plan, while later voting against President Obama’s clean energy legislation.
As polls continued to show a tight race, LCV remained committed to Gallego and spent an additional $100,000 in late July on phone banking and four mail pieces to everyone who voted in the May primary.
Last night, Gallego defeated Rep. Rodriguez with 55 percent of the vote.
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