FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jeff Gohringer, 202-454-4573 or Jeff_Gohringer@lcv.org
WASHINGTON D.C. - The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Victory Fund and Majority PAC today launched a new $800,000 television ad campaign outlining the risks of sending former uranium mining lobbyist Jeff Flake to the Senate. Flake has worked in Congress to allow mining for radioactive uranium near the Grand Canyon and Colorado River, which would endanger the drinking water of 25 million Americans, while taking campaign cash from his mining industry allies. The ad, “Two Jobs,” begins airing tomorrow and will run through Election Day.
“Former mining lobbyist Jeff Flake doesn’t deserve a promotion to the Senate after trying to let his industry allies endanger drinking water by mining for radioactive uranium near the Grand Canyon and Colorado River,” said Navin Nayak, LCV Senior Vice President for Campaigns.
"Jeff Flake has been doing the bidding of mining companies and special interests for his entire career, first as a lobbyist and then in Congress," said Rebecca Lambe, strategist for Majority PAC. "He's looking for another promotion, but Arizonans know Flake's not working for them."
The Associated Press has reported that Flake was “a lobbyist two decades ago for a Namibian uranium operation” and that Flake “has backed legislation favorable to mining interests” while in Congress. Flake sponsored a pro-mining amendment that would allow uranium mining to occur on around a million acres of public lands near the Grand Canyon. The amendment would threaten the Colorado River, putting the drinking water of 25 million Americans at risk across several western states.
Flake’s amendment would have blocked the Obama administration from imposing a long-term moratorium on mining in areas surrounding the Canyon. The National Parks Conservation Association noted that the administration’s moratorium “will prevent mining operations from contaminating the Colorado River, which would have put 25 million people at risk—in Phoenix, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and elsewhere—who depend on this water for drinking, agriculture, and recreation.”
Flake’s political campaigns have relied heavily on the very industry his amendment would benefit. Since joining the House of Representatives, Flake has collected more than $180,000 in campaign contributions from mining interests.
Backup for the ad can be found here.
Paid for by LCV Victory Fund, 202-785-8683, and Majority PAC, www.Majority2012.com, and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.