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Michigan LCV Launches New TV Ad Against Rep. Benishek for Prioritizing Polluters over Clean Water

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September 4, 2012  

MICHIGAN - Today, the Michigan League of Conservation Voters launched a new ad targeting Rep. Benishek for his anti-environmental voting record and his cozy relationship with special interests like Big Oil polluters. The ad criticizes Rep. Benishek for his efforts to slash clean water standards protecting the Great Lakes, and touts his opponent Gary McDowell’s proven record of holding polluters accountable. The ad debuts tonight as part of a $330,000 ad buy, and will run for the next week on broadcast and cable in the Traverse City and Marquette media markets.

“Northern Michigan has a choice this November," said Lisa Wozniak, Executive Director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters. "Congressman Benishek, who voted to eliminate safeguards that protect our state's air and water while taking campaign contributions from oil companies and other corporate polluters, or Gary McDowell, who will fight to protect our Great Lakes, knowing that water is a vital part of Michigan's way of life and an important economic resource. We think the choice is clear."

“Dan Benishek seems more interested in lining the pockets of his campaign donors than protecting Michigan’s drinking water,” said Navin Nayak, National LCV Senior Vice President of Campaigns. 

The new ad, “Progress,” targets Rep. Benishek for taking campaign contributions from corporate polluters, while voting to dismantle the Clean Water Act and allow polluters to contaminate Michigan’s drinking water. “Progress” is available here, with backup available here.

Last month, the national League of Conservation Voters named Rep. Benishek to its Flat Earth Five program, a campaign to defeat five House incumbents who deny the scientific consensus on climate change. More information about the Flat Earth Five can be found online at


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