LCV Statement on the Reelection of President Obama
WASHINGTON– The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) President Gene Karpinski tonight released this statement following the reelection of President Barack Obama.
“Big Oil-backed special interests brought unlimited resources to bear this election cycle and were expected to overwhelm the presidential race. But voters tonight chose a different course – reelecting a president who has championed building a clean energy economy. LCV congratulates President Obama and we look forward to working with his administration to continue addressing the climate crisis and investing in America’s clean energy future,” said Karpinski.
LCV and LCV Victory Fund spent more than $2 million in the presidential race, primarily on television advertising in Colorado
. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, LCV released a TV ad
highlighting the stark contrast between the candidates on climate change. Additionally, more than 7,000 LCV members volunteered with the Obama campaign. LCV Action Fund also raised or contributed nearly $150,000 to President Obama through its GiveGreen program.
Romney’s defeat is a significant victory for LCV’s “Dirty Dozen” program. In August, LCV named
Romney 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 or contributed more than $2 million for candidates, more than ever before.
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