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LCV Launches $115,000 Mail Program Against Heather Wilson

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jef Gohringer, (202) 454-4573 or jeff_gohringer@lcv.org

06 Jul 2012  |  Mike Palamuso

WASHINGTON – Today, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) launched a $115,000 mail program highlighting Heather Wilson’s votes to protect MTBE producers and oil companies that used MTBE from lawsuits for contaminating the drinking water New Mexico families rely on. The program includes three flights of mail targeting 77,000 households across the state. 

“Congresswoman Wilson pretends to be a moderate, but in Washington she supported protecting corporate polluters just like George W. Bush and Karl Rove did,” said Navin Nayak, LCV Senior Vice President for Campaigns.

LCV has spent a total on to $367,031 in the New Mexico Senate race, which includes three TV ads in addition to this mail program. Additionally, LCV Action Fund has raised more than $130,000 for Martin Heinrich’s Senate campaign via its GiveGreen website.

Background:

  • Wilson voted to protect MTBE producers and oil companies that used MTBE. Wilson voted for the 2003, 2004, and 2005 Bush energy bills, which each included a provision shielding makers of MTBE from lawsuits for contaminating drinking water. The provision would also apply to oil companies that refined or sold gasoline containing MTBE.  Wilson also voted specifically against removing the MTBE liability provision from the 2005 energy bill.  [HR6, House Vote 145, 4/11/03; HR 4503, House Vote 241, 6/15/04; HR6, House Vote 129, 4/21/05; House Vote 132, 4/21/05]
  • Wilson accepted more than $60,000 from MTBE producers in years surrounding her MTBE votes. During the 2002, 2004 and 2006 election cycles, Wilson accepted $61,500 in campaign contributions from three major producers of MTBE: Exxon Mobil, Valero Energy and Lyondell Chemical.  During that time period, Wilson received $25,000 from Exxon Mobil, $32,500 from Valero Energy and $4,000 from Lyondell Chemical.  All three companies faced lawsuits for MTBE contamination. [Environmental Working Group, “Like Oil and Water”; Center for Responsive PoliticsCenter for Responsive PoliticsCenter for Responsive PoliticsBloomberg, 7/25/05]
  • Wilson received tens of thousands more from oil companies and refiners that used MTBE.  In addition to MTBE producers, Wilson received thousands of dollars from oil companies that faced lawsuits for refining or selling gasoline containing MTBE.  These companies include ChevronTexaco, which contributed $16,500 to Wilson during the 2002-2006 election cycles, and Marathon Oil, which contributed $3,000 to Wilson during that time period.  [Environmental Working GroupCenter for Responsive PoliticsCenter for Responsive Politics]
  • EPA: MTBE is “a potential human carcinogen.” According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water, the available data “support the conclusion that MTBE is a potential human carcinogen at high doses.” [EPA, MTBE summary page]

View the three mail pieces here:

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Paid for by the League of Conservation Voters, www.lcv.org, and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.



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