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Contact: Jeff Gohringer, 202-454-4573 or Jeff_Gohringer@lcv.org
MICHIGAN - The Michigan League of Conservation Voters today launched a new ad targeting Rep. Benishek for accepting thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from corporate polluters while voting for legislation that would endanger the Great Lakes. The new ad, part of a $330,000 television ad campaign against Benishek, begins airing tonight and will run for the next week on broadcast and cable in the Traverse City and Marquette media markets.
"It is time for Northern Michigan to have the representation it deserves. Congressman Benishek has put our Great Lakes in danger while taking campaign cash from the highest bidder: big oil," said Lisa Wozniak, Executive Director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters. "Fortunately, Gary McDowell has a track record of protecting Michigan families and standing up against polluters."
“Rep. Benishek turned his back on Michigan’s families and sold himself to the highest bidder – Big Oil and their special interest allies,” said Navin Nayak, National LCV Senior Vice President of Campaigns.
The ad, “Greetings,” highlights Benishek’s vote to dismantle the Clean Water Act, a move that stands in stark contrast to opponent Gary McDowell’s proven record of protecting Michigan’s waterways and standing up for Michigan families. Backup for the ad is available here. Last week, Michigan LCV launched the first ad of this campaign, “Progress,” which focused on how Benishek’s vote to rollback clean water safeguards would also threaten Michigan’s drinking water supply.
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 www.lcv.org/flatearthfive.