Friday, June 01, 2012
Sen. David Ulibarri One of First Four Officials Added to LCV’s State-Level Dirty Dozen List
Ulibarri One of Four Dirty Candidates for State Office Targeted for Defeat
On Wednesday May 30th, the national League of Conservation Voters (LCV), which works to turn environmental values into national priorities, announced New Mexico State Senator David Ulibarri’s addition to the state-level Dirty Dozen program. State Sen. Ulibarri (D-Grants) is one of only four candidates for state office from around the country named to the list so far this election cycle. His consistent votes against clean air and water for New Mexico communities earned him his spot on the less-than-honorable list.
Conservation Voters New Mexico is working to defeat David Ulibarri in the June 5th Democratic primary. "Being named to the Dirty Dozen should put Sen. Ulibarri on notice,” said Sandy Buffett, Executive Director of Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM). “Voters in his district won't stand for a Senator who jeopardizes the air they breathe and the water they drink, while taking the vast majority of his campaign contributions from polluters, corporations and lobbyists."
• Sen. Ulibarri voted not to allow the state to revoke or deny air quality permits for polluters whose legal history shows a blatant disregard for state and federal environmental laws (SB115, 2010).
• Secretary of State records indicate that Sen. Ulibarri’s major contributors include corporations and lobbyists from the oil & gas, mining, uranium, chemical, utility and landfill industries.
• As of 2010, Senator Ulibarri had a lifetime voting record of 48% on Conservation Voters NM’s scorecard, a measure of how often legislators support basic protections of land, air and water for all New Mexicans. In 2011, his voting record reflected a dismal 17%.
LCV solicited input from its more than 30 state partners from among hundreds of candidates running for governor, state senate and state house. The candidates selected for this state-level Dirty Dozen represent some of the most anti-conservation politicians running in competitive races this year.
"From Congress to the State Senate, there has never been a more urgent time to defeat politicians who stand with wealthy polluters against the interests of hardworking Americans," said LCV President Gene Karpinski. "With the efforts of big polluting industries to weaken environmental protections at the national level, we need strong conservation leaders at the state level to hold the line and keep our air and water clean and safe."
LCV's trademark Dirty Dozen program targets candidates for Congress - regardless of party affiliation - who consistently vote against clean energy and conservation and are running in races in which LCV has a serious chance to affect the outcome. Since 1996, more than 60 percent of the federal candidates named to Dirty Dozen have been defeated. Today's announcement marks the second time LCV has named a state-level Dirty Dozen consisting of gubernatorial and state legislative candidates across the country. For a list of federal candidates named to the 2010 Dirty Dozen, visit http://www.lcv.org/dirtydozen.
CVNM is working to defeat anti-environment legislators though its newly-established “Verde Voters PAC”, an independent expenditure PAC registered with the New Mexico Secretary of State.