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LCV Launches Digital Ad Campaign Praising, Criticizing Representatives for Votes on Clean Power Plan

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Contact: Seth Stein, (202) 454-4573 or seth_stein@lcv.org

July 1, 2015  

Holds Members of Congress Accountable for Their Votes on Clean Air

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) today launched a $20,000 digital ad campaign, including Facebook advertisements and mobile alerts to LCV members, holding Members of Congress accountable for their votes last week on Rep. Whitfield’s H.R. 2042, gutting the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The ads thank Reps. Cheri Bustos (D, IL-17), Gwen Graham (D, FL-2), Frank LoBiondo (R, NJ-2), Chris Gibson (R, NY-19), and Carlos Curbelo (R, FL-26) for voting against the bill, and criticize Reps. Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), Dave Reichert (R, WA-8), Brad Ashford (D, NE-2), Ann Kirkpatrick (D, AZ-1) and Kyrsten Sinema (D, AZ-9) for voting yes on the bill. The Facebook ads are targeted to their respective districts, and will run for over one week.

“The votes on this bill sorted out who in Congress sided with polluters against action on climate change, and who is willing to fight for the health of our families,” said Gene Karpinski, President of LCV. “This bill struck at a central pillar of the Clean Air Act. It aimed to gut the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, which would put commonsense limits on power plant carbon pollution, and represents the most significant step we have ever taken to combat climate change.”

On June 2, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled its draft Clean Power Plan, the first-ever national limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants. Power plants are the single largest source of carbon pollution in the U.S., responsible for approximately 40 percent of the pollution driving climate change. This critical step builds on steps the administration has taken to nearly double the fuel efficiency of cars, which will also significantly reduce carbon pollution, and draft standards setting the first federal carbon pollution limits for new power plants.  On June 24th, the House of Representatives voted on H.R. 2042, Rep. Whitfield’s bill that would gut the Clean Power Plan. Reps. Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), Dave Reichert (R, WA-8), Brad Ashford (D, NE-2), Ann Kirkpatrick (D, AZ-1), and Kyrsten Sinema (D, AZ-9) voted YEA, while Reps. Cheri Bustos (D, IL-17), Gwen Graham (D, FL-2), Frank LoBiondo (R, NJ-2), Chris Gibson (R, NY-19), and Carlos Curbelo (R, FL-26) voted NAY.

This follows another digital campaign launched last week by LCV, holding Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) accountable for Senate votes on the EPA and Clean Power Plan.

View the ad thanking Rep. Cheri Bustos (D, IL-17) here.
View the ad thanking Rep. Gwen Graham (D, FL-2) here.
View the ad thanking Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R, NJ-2) here.
View the ad thanking Rep. Chris Gibson (R, NY-19) here.
View the ad thanking Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R, FL-26) here.

View the ad criticizing Rep. Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) here.
View the ad criticizing Rep. Dave Reichert (R, WA-8) here.
View the ad criticizing Rep. Brad Ashford (D, NE-2) here.
View the ad criticizing Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D, AZ-1) here.
View the ad criticizing Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D, AZ-9) here.

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