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LCV Launches Digital Ad Campaign Criticizing Rep. Brad Ashford for Vote on Clean Power Plan

Jul 1, 2015


Holds Ashford, Other Members of Congress Accountable for Their Vote on Clean Air

View the ad criticizing Rep. Brad Ashford (D, NE-2) here.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) is launching a digital ad campaign criticizing Rep. Brad Ashford for his vote in favor of Rep. Whitfield’s H.R. 2042, gutting the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The $20,000 digital ad campaign, including Facebook advertisements and mobile alerts to LCV members, aims to hold Members of Congress, including Rep. Ashford, accountable for their votes last week on Rep. Whitfield’s bill. The Facebook ads are targeted to their respective districts, and will run for over one week.

“We are extremely disappointed in Congressman Brad Ashford’s recent vote for H.R. 2042, a bill that protects big polluters’ profits while endangering our health and the environment we depend upon,” said Gene Karpinski, President of LCV. “Congressman Ashford should be supporting climate action, not prioritizing the interests of corporate polluters over the health and concerns of Nebraskans.”

“The votes on this bill sorted out who in Congress sided with polluters against action on climate change, and who is willing to fight for the health of our families,” he continued. “This bill struck at a central pillar of the Clean Air Act. It aimed to gut the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, which would put commonsense limits on power plant carbon pollution, and represents the most significant step we have ever taken to combat climate change.”

On June 2, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled its draft Clean Power Plan, the first-ever national limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants. Power plants are the single largest source of carbon pollution in the U.S., responsible for approximately 40 percent of the pollution driving climate change. This critical step builds on prior actions the administration has already taken to nearly double the fuel efficiency of cars, which will also significantly reduce carbon pollution, and draft standards setting the first federal carbon pollution limits for new power plants.  On June 24th, the House of Representatives voted on H.R. 2042, Rep. Whitfield’s bill that would gut the Clean Power Plan. Reps. Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), Dave Reichert (R, WA-8), Brad Ashford (D, NE-2), Ann Kirkpatrick (D, AZ-1), and Kyrsten Sinema (D, AZ-9) voted YEA, while Reps. Cheri Bustos (D, IL-17), Gwen Graham (D, FL-2), Frank LoBiondo (R, NJ-2), Chris Gibson (R, NY-19), and Carlos Curbelo (R, FL-26) voted NAY.

This follows another digital campaign launched last week by LCV, holding Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) accountable for Senate votes on the EPA and Clean Power Plan.