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The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) is a political advocacy organization founded in 1969 by Americanmarker environmentalist David Brower 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." , the president of LCV is Gene Karpinski.

Educational efforts

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 with the most pro-environment and anti-environment records through its "Environmental Champions" and "Dirty Dozen" lists.

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 they believe adversely affect the environment.

Dirty Dozen lists


All of the above candidates except Boren and Cuellar are Republicans. 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 has announced she will not be running for re-election in 2008. Wilson also survived her re-election bid by just a few points, and she announced she will not be running 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.



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