WASHINGTON, D.C. – The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Victory Fund today launched a new television ad in the New Hampshire Senate race highlighting how the out-of-state billionaire Koch Brothers are backing millions of dollars in attack ads to defeat Senator Jeanne Shaheen and elect carpetbagger Scott Brown in November so he can continue to do their bidding in Washington. The ad, “Billionaires,” begins airing this week across New Hampshire.
“It’s no surprise that the out-of-state oil billionaire Koch Brothers are behind a multimillion dollar ad campaign to defeat Jeanne Shaheen and send one of Big Oil’s best friends back to the Senate. They know Scott Brown will continue where he left off by protecting oil industry profits at the expense of taxpayers and public health,” said Daniel J. Weiss, LCV Victory Fund Senior Vice President for Campaigns.
The ad highlights the Koch Brothers’ false attack ads against Senator Jeanne Shaheen to help elect their ally, Scott Brown, to the Senate. Brown sided with Big Oil and the Koch Brothers by repeatedly voting to give billions of dollars annually in special taxpayer-funded subsidies to the nation’s most profitable oil companies at a time of record profits for the industry. Documentation on Brown’s record and the ad can be found here.
Despite their repeated claims to the contrary, the Koch Brothers and their front group, Americans for Prosperity, have worked to keep these oil industry giveaways on the books to pad their bottom line.
LCV launched a $200,000 television ad campaign earlier this year highlighting Brown’s votes to protect Big Oil’s taxpayer-funded hand-outs just weeks after receiving thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from oil companies. He’s received $454,260 in campaign cash from oil and gas companies over the course of his political career.
In fact, only two Senators received more money than Brown from the oil and gas industry during the 2012 election cycle. Last week, 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney endorsed Brown for Senate. During his presidential campaign, Romney proposed giving big oil companies billions of dollars more in taxpayer handouts.
In 2012, LCV launched mail and field programs to help defeat Brown in Massachusetts, spending more than $1.1 million in the race. LCV Action Fund also raised or contributed more than $134,000 to Elizabeth Warren through its GiveGreen program, the only bundling website devoted exclusively to raising money for environmental champions and candidates.
Brown’s voting record earned him a feeble 38% lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard. The non-partisan Scorecard is a nationally accepted yardstick used to rate members of Congress on environmental and clean energy issues. Based on key environmental votes in the House and Senate, it is often used by the media to quickly describe a Member’s position. For more information, visit scorecard.lcv.org.
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