League of Conservation Voters
|Type||501(c)(4) with associated political action committee and super PAC|
|Mission||"To turn environmental values into national, state and local priorities."|
The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) is an American liberal political advocacy organization that assists political candidates who it believes support a pro-environment agenda. LCV states that it "advocates for sound environmental laws and policies, holds elected officials accountable for their votes and actions, and elects pro-environment candidates." The organization pursues its goals through voter education, voter mobilization, and direct contributions to political candidates. LCV includes 30 state affiliates.
The organization's main activities include tracking voting records, endorsing or opposing candidates for political office, and financially contributing to political campaigns.
The organization financially supports political candidates, most of whom are members of the Democratic Party. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, LCV was the top-spending, non-disclosing liberal group in the 2012 election cycle, investing about $11 million in political advertisements. LCV spent a total of $36 million in 2012.
LCV tracks the voting records of members of Congress on environmental issues in its National Environmental Scorecard. The group's scorecard typically awards considerably higher grades to Democratic lawmakers than to Republican legislators.
LCV annually names a “Dirty Dozen,” a list of politicians whom the group aims to defeat because of their voting records on conservation issues. The original "Dirty Dozen" list was developed in partnership with Environmental Action in 1970.
In 2014, LCV and the Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund launched LeadingGreen, a joint initiative to address climate change. In 2015, LeadingGreen was added to the Democracy Alliance's funding portfolio.
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