WASHINGTON, D.C. – The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) today announced that they’ve added Congressional candidate Troy Jackson (ME-2) to their Dirty Dozen program and kicked off a major mail campaign highlighting his anti-environmental voting record in the State House and State Senate. The $150,000 mail program includes five flights of mail that will reach over 28,500 voters in the Bangor and Portland area. Troy Jackson is facing LCV endorsed candidate Emily Cain in the Democratic primary on June 10th.
“Troy Jackson failed to protect Maine’s public health, sided with polluters, and refused to take on big challenges like climate change. His election would put Maine on the wrong path,” said Dan Amory, Board President of Maine Conservation Voters.
“Too often, Troy Jackson put the interests of polluting special interests and their allies ahead of doing what’s right to protect our environment and public health. Maine needs an environment champion in Congress, not an ally of corporate polluters,” said Gene Karpinski, President of the League of Conservation Voters.
Jackson’s voting record is out-of-step with Maine voters. Jackson sided with polluters by voting against limiting dangerous carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants, our nation’s dirtiest polluters. If Jackson’s side had won out, it would have opened the door to a new coal gasification plant that would have instantly become Maine’s largest source of climate change pollution.
He also put Mainers’ health at risk by voting to repeal the state’s common-sense pesticide notification registry. Jackson also recently co-sponsored a bill backed by Governor LePage that would eliminate state targets for wind energy development, and voted to weaken Maine energy efficiency standards, which would increase energy bills and air pollution.
Jackson has earned a lifetime score of just 64% on Maine Conservation Voters’ Environmental Scorecard, a stark contrast to Emily Cain’s lifetime score of 90%. In March, LCV Action Fund endorsed Cain in this race, citing her support for action on climate change and transitioning to a clean energy economy that will create jobs in Maine and across the country.
LCV’s Dirty Dozen program targets candidates for Congress — regardless of party affiliation — who consistently side against the environment and are running in races in which LCV has a serious chance to affect the outcome. Last cycle, LCV defeated 11 of the 12 candidates on the Dirty Dozen program.
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