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LCV Action Fund Launches Integrated Media Campaign to Defeat "Big Oil Blanche"

Contact: Kate Geller, (202) 785-8683 or June 1, 2010  

LITTLE ROCK, AR – The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund, which works to turn environmental values into national priorities, today launched an aggressive ad campaign aimed at turning out Arkansas voters to defeat Senator Blanche Lincoln in next week’s run-off. The integrated media campaign will include targeted TV and web ads, phone and email communications.

“Blanche Lincoln is among the biggest winners when it comes to Big Oil’s campaign cash, but next week Arkansas voters can make her the biggest loser,” said Gene Karpinski, LCV Action Fund President. “The Gulf Coast disaster is proof enough that Big Oil can’t be trusted with our nation’s energy future and Arkansas families deserve better than a senator who sides with BP and other oil companies at the expense of a more sustainable, secure economy and a cleaner, safer environment.”

LCV Action Fund’s TV ad “Gusher” will be featured on both broadcast and cable stations in Little Rock and highlights Sen. Lincoln’s Big Oil money and continued efforts to side with the corporate polluters filling her campaign coffers. Complementary web ads will simultaneously target Arkansas voters online. LCV was among the first to call for Sen. Lincoln’s defeat this year by naming her first to LCV's 2010 "Dirty Dozen" list on January 28th.[1] LCV also endorsed Sen. Lincoln’s challenger Bill Halter early in the campaign on April 21st .[2]

“LCV named Blanche Lincoln first to our 2010 Dirty Dozen because it’s clear she cares more about protecting Big Oil’s profits than creating clean energy jobs in Arkansas,” said Karpinski. “Her current efforts to undermine the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to protect public health and hold the biggest polluters accountable demonstrate she is more interested in putting the special interests ahead of the public interests.”

This cycle Sen. Lincoln has taken more oil and gas money than any other U.S. Senator.[3] She has taken over $550,000 from the Oil & Gas industry over the course of her entire career, including $12,000 from BP’s political action committee since the 2001-02 election cycle.[ 4,5] She opposes comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation, despite the fact that it will create new energy jobs, reduce our dangerous dependence on oil and curb harmful carbon pollution.[6] Sen. Lincoln also co-sponsored Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s resolution, largely written by Washington energy lobbyists, designed to block the Environmental Protection Agency's finding that carbon pollution endangers public health and welfare.

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