California LCV & National LCV Launch Campaign to Curb the Influence of Polluter Money in Elections
Urge California members of Congress to support the Government By The People Act
Oakland, CA –The California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) and the national League of Conservation Voters (LCV) today announced a new campaign, The Price We All Pay, to curb the influence of polluter money in elections. As part of the campaign, the groups are urging California members of Congress to co-sponsor the Government by the People Act, and are raising awareness of the impacts of polluter money in politics at a time of record climate change impacts nationwide.
“We all pay the price as polluters pour money into races to elect candidates who deny climate change and stand in the way of updating our nation’s outdated toxic chemical laws. California voters should speak out and urge their member of Congress to support this legislation to finally curb the influence of dirty energy companies,” said Sarah Rose, CEO of the California League of Conservation Voters.
“The U.S. Supreme Court’s disastrous Citizens United ruling opened the door for polluters to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence elections,” said Gene Karpinski, President of the League of Conservation Voters. “It’s time to fight the tidal wave of corrupt polluter cash that’s flooding into elections nationwide.”
“For too long, big oil and coal have funded climate denial and spent countless millions to block action on climate change,” said Congressman Henry A. Waxman (D-CA). “The time to act on climate is now.”
The campaign is utilizing grassroots organizing and print, radio, outdoor and online ad campaigns to raise awareness about the impacts of polluter money and help curb its influence. Working in collaboration with California Common Cause, the campaign is also urging passage of the Government By the People Act (H.R. 20), which would combat the influence of big money in politics, raise civic engagement, and amplify the voice of average Americans. The bill is cosponsored by a bipartisan group of more than 150 members of Congress.
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