WASHINGTON, DC - The League of Conservation Voters Action Fund, which works to elect candidates who support sound environmental policies, today re-launched its GiveGreen website, the only bundling website to raise money exclusively for environmental champions and candidates. The site kicked off during the height of holiday shopping this December, enabling supporters to make green gifts to environmental candidates this holiday season.
“With Big Oil already spending millions on miseducation campaigns and lobbying against energy reform, never before has it been more critical that candidates hear from voters that clean energy is a priority issue, and in turn that pro-environment candidates have the necessary funds to run effective campaigns,” LCVAF President Gene Karpinski said. “Actions speak louder than words and GiveGreen makes it easy for concerned citizens to demand progress by helping to protect and elect members of Congress who will continue our country on a path towards a clean energy future with more jobs, less pollution and greater security.”
Through GiveGreen, donors who care about building a clean energy economy, curbing global warming pollution and safeguarding our environment can send a collective message to candidates that these issues are a top priority, while also helping to ensure that those candidates targeted by Big Oil and other corporate polluters are able to run competitive campaigns.
“Voters instinctively understand that new energy policies -- including a limit on carbon pollution -- will provide positive benefits for the economy and our security,” said Karpinski. “The issue-driven financial backing provided by GiveGreen can help candidates recognize that support next year for clean energy and climate legislation represents the convergence of good policy and smart politics.”
Today, GiveGreen features environmental champions in the Senate, such as Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Environment and Public Works Committee Chair Barbara Boxer (D-CA), as well as new leaders in the House who supported the American Clean Energy & Security Act, such as Reps. Tom Perriello (VA-05) and John Boccieri (OH-16). The newly re-launched site initially features 11 candidates from both parties who have made significant contributions to energy and environmental initiatives while in office. As the election nears, incumbents and challengers from both sides of the aisle will be added to the site.
LCVAF bundled nearly $700,000 for environmental candidates in the 2007-08 election cycle.