League of Conservation Voters

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The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) is a political advocacy organization founded in 1969 by American environmentalist David Brower and a former congressional aide, Marion Edey, in the early years of the environmental movement. LCV's mission is to "advocate for sound environmental policies and to elect pro-environmental candidates who will adopt and implement such policies."[1] The group's president is Gene Karpinski. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Educational efforts[edit]

LCV publishes the National Environmental Scorecard to educate the public about key environmental issues and to inform voters about the environmental voting records of their Congressional representatives. Building on the Environmental Scorecard, LCV draws special attention to those members of Congress having the most pro-environment and anti-environment records through its "Environmental Champions" and "Dirty Dozen" lists.[2]

In addition to tracking voting records and endorsing or opposing candidates, the organization contributes to and participates in political and election campaigns. LCV strongly opposed many of President George W. Bush's policies which it believes adversely affect the environment. In June 2003, they graded President Bush's report card as an F, due to his administration's Environmental performance. They claim that "Bush favors corporate interests over the public's interest in a clean, safe and healthy environment."[3]

Environmental Champion lists[edit]

Dirty Dozen lists[edit]




Eight of the twelve listed (Allen, Burns, Santorum, Talent, Harris, Hayworth, Pombo and Taylor) were defeated in the 2006 elections. Pryce won by a narrow margin in a disputed election, but did not run for re-election in 2008. Wilson also survived her re-election bid by just a few points, and she announced she would not run again in 2008. After making that announcement, Wilson entered the United States Senate race to succeed Senator Pete Domenici, and lost in the primary to Steve Pearce.


1970 (original list)[edit]

The original "Dirty Dozen" list was developed by Environmental Action and the League of Conservation Voters in 1970 environmental movement, shortly after Earth Day. [5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mission". LCV. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  2. ^ http://thepacker.com/United-Fresh-meets-with-federal-officials-on-residue-worries/Article.aspx?oid=1275945&fid=PACKER-TOP-STORIES&aid=117
  3. ^ Pegg, J.R. "i i League of Conservation Voters Slams Bush Record". Environment News Service. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Pat Toomey added to 2010 "Dirty Dozen" list
  5. ^ [1] First "dirty dozen" list St. Petersburg Times - October 29, 1970
  6. ^ [2] Eugene Register-Guard, November 11, 1970
  7. ^ [3] Report on Cowger's defeat - Sarasota Herald-Tribune, December 13, 1970

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