WASHINGTON, D.C.: The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) today announced Pat Toomey as one of the first members of its trademark Dirty Dozen program for the 2016 cycle. Toomey is being challenged for his Senate seat in Pennsylvania by longtime environmental leader Katie McGinty.
For 20 years, the Dirty Dozen has targeted candidates— 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 seven of the 12 Dirty Dozen candidates. In the last presidential year of 2012, LCV defeated 11 of 12.
“Pat Toomey is one of big polluters’ best allies in Congress, unsurprising when they have contributed nearly $1.5 million to his campaigns. Toomey has led the charge against critical clean air and water protections that Pennsylvania’s families depend on, earning him a debut spot on our 2016 Dirty Dozen list,” said LCV National Campaigns Director Clay Schroers. “Toomey has doubled-down on his support for big polluters by refusing to take any action to curb the impacts of climate change. He has consistently voted against clean air and water protections, to block the Clean Power Plan, and to protect polluters’ interests instead of the health of our families. Naming him to the Dirty Dozen means we are ready to communicate just how dangerously out of step Toomey is with voters in Pennsylvania.”
Senator Pat Toomey is a repeat Dirty Dozen offender, who has led the Senate charge against the EPA Clean Power Plan, which he called “out of bounds.” His 7 percent lifetime score on the National Environmental Scorecard sank to 0 percent in 2015, and he consistently votes to prop up dirty fossil fuels. He has received nearly $1.5 million from big polluters.
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