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LCV Responds to Latest NRCC Ad Supporting Canseco

Contact: Jeff Gohringer, 202-454-4573 or

October 7, 2012  
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) today responded to a new ad by the National Republican Congressional Committee supporting Rep. Francisco Canseco (TX-23). The NRCC’s ad is an attempt to save Canseco’s campaign, following a recent poll released by LCV that found him trailing by five points. 
"The fact that the NRCC and Canseco think protecting the air we breathe and the water we drink is a ‘radical’ idea is exactly why this district needs a new Congressman,” said Navin Nayak, LCV Senior Vice President of Campaigns. “This is what we’ve come to expect from a Tea Party candidate like Canseco, who’s voted to give millionaires like himself a huge tax cut while slashing job-creating clean energy funding." 
Two weeks ago, LCV launched a $600,000 television ad campaign against Canseco that is running on cable and broadcast in the San Antonio market. The ad hits Canseco for voting for the extreme Ryan budget, which would slash billions of dollars of investments in clean energy technology while providing huge new tax cuts for millionaires like him. In voting for this plan, Canseco was voting to give himself a tax cut of about $2,800 every year.
Canseco was also one of just 69 members of Congress who voted to eliminate funding for the Department of Energy’s energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. Canseco’s voting record is so bad that he’s earned a horrible 3% lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard.
The non-partisan scorecard is a nationally accepted yardstick used to rate members of Congress on environmental and clean energy issues. Based on key environmental votes in the House and Senate, it is often used by the media to quickly describe a Member’s position. For more information, visit
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