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Press Room:  For Immediate Release 
Explore, Enjoy and Protect the Planet

October 4th, 2010
Contact: Orli Cotel (415) 977-5627 

Sierra Club launches campaign to elect environmental champions in November

Grassroots mobilization efforts accompany over 220 endorsements in local races

The nation’s oldest and largest grassroots environmental group is throwing its weight into election season this year, with a major push to help elect environmental champions. The Sierra Club, a non-partisan organization, has endorsed over 220 candidates for the U.S. House and Senate.

Voters want a clean energy future, and the Sierra Club is promoting candidates who are going to do the right thing to protect communities from pollution and move our country towards green energy,” said Ken Brame, Chair of the Sierra Club Political Committee.

As the nation’s largest grassroots environmental organization, Sierra Club has members within every congressional district in the country. In addition to 220 endorsements of candidates for Senate and Congressional races, initiated locally by Sierra Club members who live in those candidates’ states, the Sierra Club will use direct mail, email, and phone calls to mobilize their membership. The Sierra Club has made financial contributions to over 150 campaigns for U.S. House and Senate and is coordinating staff deployments to 29 sites. In those sites, Sierra Club staff will spend the weeks prior to the election helping to mobilize Sierra Club members in the candidate’s district to phonebank, canvass, and volunteer to help raise awareness about the candidate’s strong environmental track record.

“In many of these races, there is a clear choice between a candidate with a strong environmental record and a candidate who sides with polluters rather than with the public,” added Brame. “Sierra Club’s thousands of volunteers will be pounding the pavement, working the phone lines, and talking with their friends and neighbors to help get environmental champions elected. Our members know that it’s time to protect public health, create green jobs, and achieve twenty-first century energy solutions – and they are willing to put in the time to make sure that their neighbors get to the polls on election day."

A full list of Sierra Club endorsements is available at:
http://www.sierraclub.org/politics/endorsements/

The states in which Sierra Club staff will be mobilizing local volunteers to promote environmental champions are:

 

 

AZ-8

Gabrielle Giffords

CA-11

Jerry McNerney

CA-SEN

Barbara Boxer

CO-4

Betsy Markey

CO-SEN

Michael Bennet

FL-8

Alan Grayson

IL-SEN

Alexi Giannoulias

KS-3

Stephene Moore

KY-6

Ben Chandler

MI-7

Mark Schauer

MO-SEN

Robin Carnahan

NC-11

Heath Shuler

NH-1

Carol Shea-Porter

NH-SEN

Paul Hodes

NM-1

Martin Heinrich

NM-2

Harry Teague

NV-3

Dina Titus

NV-SEN

Harry Reid

OH-15

Mary Jo Kilroy

OH-16

John Boccieri

PA-7

Bryan Lentz

PA-SEN

Joe Sestak

SC-5

John Spratt

VA-11

Gerry Connolly

VA-5

Tom Perriello

WA-02

Rick Larsen

WA-3

Denny Heck

WA-SEN

Patty Murray

WI-SEN

Russ Feingold



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