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LCVAF endorses Pete McCloskey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Chuck Porcari, (202) 785-8683 May 15, 2006  



For Immediate Release

May 10, 2006                                     

Contact: Chuck Porcari (LCV), 202-785-8683

   Rico Mastrodonato (CLCV), 510-271-0900 x315

League of Conservation Voters and California League of Conservation Voters Announce Independent Campaign For Pete McCloskey in California 11th District Primary

Aggressive, Multi-Layered Primary Effort Touts Former Rep. McCloskey's Lifetime of Conservation and  Environmental Leadership

WASHINGTON, DC - The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) and the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) today announced their endorsement of Pete McCloskey in the race for California's 11th Congressional District, citing his lifetime commitment to conservation and environmental protection. LCV/CLCV also announced they will run an aggressive, multi-layered independent campaign to help elect Mr. McCloskey in the June 6th Republican primary.

"LCV is proud to endorse Pete McCloskey for election to the U.S. House of Representatives," said LCV Senior Vice President for Political Affairs Tony Massaro. "Mr. McCloskey will honorably and effectively represent the people of the 11th District.  He will stand up to Big Oil and their record profits.   He will fight for a sound energy policy that creates energy independence while protecting consumers from sky high energy costs and protecting the environment."

"The California 11th Congressional District deserves a true environmental champion, not a scandal-plagued politician who sides with big oil and big developers over California families," added Susan Smartt, CLCV Executive Director. "Among Republicans, Democrats, or Independents, Pete McCloskey's lifetime devotion to protecting our quality of life and promoting conservation is virtually unparalleled."

During his 15 years in Congress, Mr. McCloskey helped author many of the nation's most important environmental and conservation laws that benefited California and the nation as a whole. He earned an LCV lifetime score of  70 percent in its National Environmental Scorecard. If elected, Mr. McCloskey will be a reliable advocate for legislation that protects our resources, safeguards our public health and reduces our dependence on oil.

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From proposing the sale of our national parks to the highest bidder to attempts to drill off our coastline, Rep. Pombo has shown a complete disregard for basic environmental safeguards and concerns. And from pushing legislation designed to help his own family to having taxpayers foot the bill for his family vacations, Rep. Pombo has shown that he looks out for his personal interests at the expense of his  constituents, Massaro said.

LCV/CLCV's independent campaign in support of Mr. McCloskey will include paid media, as well as a targeted voter contact program that integrates direct mail, phone banking and a significant program of door-to-door canvassing.

For information on all of LCV's endorsed candidates from 2006 and past elections, visit our website at

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