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VLCV PAC among biggest cash contributors, had biggest field campaign of any group
WASHINGTON – The Virginia League of Conservation Voters and the national League of Conservation Voters tonight congratulate Terry McAuliffe on his win in the Virginia Governor’s race. The Virginia League of Conservation Voters PAC played a leading role in this campaign, which marks the latest win in a growing list of victories by environmental champions across the country.
"Voters sent a strong message tonight in support of Terry McAuliffe’s vision for Virginia’s renewable energy future and trusting him to appoint strong conservation leaders to his Administration,” said Virginia League Executive Director Jeff Painter. “We’re proud to support him during the campaign, and look forward to working closely with him as Governor.”
"Terry McAuliffe’s victory is a sign of just how quickly the politics of climate change have shifted in Virginia," says LCV President Gene Karpinski. “We congratulate Governor-elect McAuliffe on his big win tonight.”
The Virginia League of Conservation Voters PAC will be the single biggest cash contributor to the McAuliffe campaign other than the Democratic Governors Association. In fact, outside of the party committees on both sides, they’re likely to emerge as the single biggest cash contributor to either candidate. All told, VALCV PAC will have contributed nearly $1.7 million to the McAuliffe campaign including in-kind activities. The organization also had the biggest field program of any outside group, knocking on more than 300,000 doors throughout the campaign.
McAuliffe made climate change a cornerstone of his campaign, running two ads highlighting Ken Cuccinelli’s denial of climate science. His campaign marked the first time that any candidate has run an ad exclusively focused on his opponent’s denial of climate science.
His platform on environmental issues was one of the most specific ever put forth by a candidate for any office in Virginia. Throughout the campaign, McAuliffe campaigned on a commonsense approach to clean energy and conservation, saying, “I believe in developing policy solutions that preserve our natural treasures for future generations and help us create new jobs and economic growth today. There isn’t a choice between one and the other – we must do both.”
McAuliffe also voiced his support for the EPA’s proposed standard for carbon pollution from new power plants, a position supported by a plurality of voters in Virginia. Recent polling has showed support for the EPA’s safeguards in Virginia, even in the face of the kinds of attacks that Cuccinelli used throughout the campaign.
The Virginia League of Conservation Voters’ work in this race continued a trend set last cycle, when the national LCV was the biggest issue group spending on Senator Tim Kaine’s behalf and LCV Action Fund emerged as his biggest bundler.