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New LCV Victory Fund Ad: If Buerkle Wins, New Yorkers Lose

Contact: Jeff Gohringer, 202-454-4573 or

October 31, 2012  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Victory Fund today launched a new $200,000 television ad campaign against “Flat Earth Five” member Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (NY-24) outlining the environmental safeguards New Yorkers stand to lose if she’s successful in November, and how her victory would be a win for Big Oil and Tea Party extremists like Sarah Palin. The ad, “Stand,” will air in the Syracuse media market through Election Day.

“A vote for Ann Marie Buerkle is a vote for Big Oil and Sarah Palin – if they win, New Yorkers lose,” said Navin Nayak, LCV Victory Fund Senior Vice President for Campaigns.

The ad outlines Buerkle’s votes to block safeguards limiting toxic mercury pollution, which causes birth defects, respiratory illnesses and premature deaths, and to dismantle the Clean Water Act.  It also highlights Buerkle’s denial of climate change and her claim that “a lot of the global warming myth has been exposed.”

If she’s successful in November, Buerkle’s victory would be a win for Big Oil, which has donated thousands to her campaign while she voted to provide them with billions every year in taxpayer-subsidized handouts.  She hasn’t only sided with the oil companies – in 2010, Buerkle asked for and received the endorsement of Tea Party extremist Sarah Palin.

Earlier this month, LCV launched a $200,000 television ad campaign against Buerkle for her extreme environmental voting record and for siding with Tea Party extremists like Palin and Rush Limbaugh in denying the existence of climate change.

In July, LCV launched a new $2 million “Flat Earth Five” program, which aims to defeat five climate change deniers in the House of Representatives this election cycle. As part of this program, LCV is committing significant resources to defeating Buerkle, Rep. Dan Benishek (MI-01), Rep. Dan Lungren (CA-07), Rep. Francisco Canseco (TX-23) and Rep. Joe Walsh (IL-08).  More information about the Flat Earth Five can be found online at

Backup for the ad is available here.

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Paid for by LCV Victory Fund, 202-785-8683, and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee

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