In the presidential race, LCV prioritized the battleground state of Colorado, where we spent $2 million highlighting Mitt Romney’s ties to the oil industry. We also continually elevated the sharp contrast between President Obama and Romney on climate change. Additionally, we mobilized thousands of LCV members to volunteer with the Obama campaign in Colorado, Florida, Nevada, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
With several open Senate seats and some of our closest allies up for re-election, LCV made it our top priority in 2012 to elect new Senate climate champions and defend current ones. We spent more than $8 million on Senate races this cycle and were victorious in 8 of 9 priority Senate races. In six of these races, we were among the top three independent expenditures supporting the pro-environment candidate.
With so many climate deniers in U.S. House of Representatives, LCV developed a new program in 2012 called the “Flat Earth Five,” with a goal of defeating five climate-denying House incumbents. We spent more than $3 million and defeated four of our five targets – sending a clear signal that there are political consequences for denying the scientific consensus on climate change.
With our more than 30 state LCV partners, we are uniquely positioned to continue to make meaningful progress on the most important environmental challenges of our time, despite ongoing Congressional gridlock. Of course, it all starts with electing strong leaders. With the help of national LCV, the state LCVs collectively spent nearly $9 million on state elections in 2012 and achieved many critical successes.
LCV’s "Dirty Dozen" program targets the 12 most anti-environmental candidates in competitive races. This cycle we invested more resources in the program than ever before — spending $10 million in "Dirty Dozen" races alone — and placed a greater emphasis on the issue of climate change by adding the Flat Earth Five to the list. In the end, we had our most successful program ever by defeating 11 out of 12.