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LCV Names Prop. 23 to 2010 Dirty Dozen, Reaches $1M in Campaign Contributions to Pro-Environment Candidates, Releases New Political TV Ads

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kate Geller, (202) 785-8683 or kate_geller@lcv.org October 14, 2010  

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV), which works to turn environmental values into national priorities, announced the unprecedented addition of a ballot measure—California’s Proposition 23—to the 2010 Dirty Dozen list, released two new political TV ads and reported that the organization has contributed or raised more than $1,000,000 for pro-environment congressional candidates this cycle.

 

“Our members are fired up – and angry – about the fact that Big Oil’s congressional allies have blocked action on comprehensive energy reform that creates jobs, makes America more energy independent and reduces harmful carbon pollution,” said LCV President Gene Karpinski. “We are continuing to ramp up efforts and mobilize our supporters to defeat the dirty energy measure in California, re-elect House members who voted for comprehensive energy and climate legislation and defeat climate change deniers running against Senate clean energy champions.”  

 

LCV and the California LCV announced the unprecedented addition of ballot measure Proposition 23 to the 2010 Dirty Dozen list. For the first time, LCV named the dirty energy measure to its trademark Dirty Dozen program, which traditionally targets candidates for Congress, based on the grave threat Prop. 23 poses to California’s landmark air pollution standards and growing clean energy industry. LCV and its sister organization, LCV Education Fund have contributed over $1.2 million so far to defeat this measure, which has been funded largely by Texas oil companies.

 

“If Big Oil successfully repeals  California’s clean energy law, there’s no doubt that these dirty energy interests will step up their efforts to stifle new energy policies in Congress and in other states – and that’s why LCV is working with California LCV to mobilize our members in California and around the country,” said Karpinski.

 

LCV and CLCV are working to defeat this dirty energy proposition through CLCV’s No on 23 ballot measure committee. The addition of Prop. 23 makes this cycle’s Dirty Dozen a baker’s dozen. The full list can be found at http://www.lcv.org/dirtydozen.

 

At this point in the election cycle, LCV Action Fund has contributed or raised $1,010,429 for pro-environment congressional candidates. By comparison, LCV Action Fund contributed or raised $850,420 during the entire 2008 election cycle, while in 2006 the organization contributed or raised $573,261. As of October 14th, LCV Action Fund had contributed $315,524 to House and Senate candidates, while raising an additional $691,904 for candidates through its GiveGreen program. The GiveGreen website, http://lcv.org/givegreen, is the only bundling website devoted exclusively to raising money for environmental champions and candidates.

 

The candidates who have received at least $20,000 from LCV Action Fund’s fundraising efforts* this cycle are:

 

Senate Candidates

Robin Carnahan (MO) $63,053.56

Barbara Boxer (CA) $58,977.93

Harry Reid (NV) $58,008.17

Michael Bennet (CO) $44,948.51

Paul Hodes (NH) $44,724.18

Joe Sestak (PA) $39,961.41

Russ Feingold (WI) $34,864.85

Patty Murray (WA) $30,381.74

Alexi Giannoulias (IL) $21,536.16

 

House Candidates

Tom Perriello (VA-05) $51,941.42

Betsy Markey (CO-04) $37,735.10

Martin Heinrich (NM-01) $32,188.41

Dina Titus (NV-03) $24,553.03

Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) $24,525.41

Mark Schauer (MI-07) $23,789.48

John Boccieri (OH-16) $22,955.18

 

* Figures include direct contributions from LCV Action Fund and money raised via LCV Action Fund’s GiveGreen program for candidates.

 

LCV launched two new political TV ads today targeting candidates seeking to replace conservation and clean energy champions this November. A $200,000, Western Slope broadcast and cable ad buy in Colorado hits Senate candidate Ken Buck for his previous support for Referendum A, a water grab that sought to take water from rural Colorado for corporate interests and was overwhelmingly rejected by Colorado voters. A $200,000 ad buy in Nevada’s 3rd district hits House candidate Joe Heck for his opposition to creating clean energy jobs in Nevada and will be running in the Las Vegas media market. View the ads here:

 

Buck (CO-Sen): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHXGOlPiVU8

Heck (NV-3): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73efy5ApeEE

 

LCV is making over a half million calls into 20 districts on behalf of House members who voted for the American Clean Energy & Security Act, including: Grijalva (AZ-07), Markey (CO-04), Perlmutter (CO-7), Himes (CT-04), Boyd (FL-02), Klein (FL-22), Bean (IL-08), Halvorson (IL-11), Hare (IL-17), Kratovil (MD-01), Adler (NJ-03), Holt (NJ-12), Heinrich (NM-01), Teague (NM-02), Titus (NV-03), Bishop (NY-01), McMahon (NY-13), Hall (NY-19), S. Murphy (NY-20), P. Murphy (PA-8). LCV also has door-to-door canvasses in six states: Colorado, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

 

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Paid for by the League of Conservation Voters and League of Conservation Voters Action Fund, www.lcv.org, and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

 



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