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League of Conservation Voters

League of Conservation Voters
Formation 1969[1]
Founder David Brower[1]
Type 501(c)(4) with associated political action committee and super PAC[1]
Purpose Environmental advocacy
Headquarters Washington, D.C.
Gene Karpinski
Mission "To turn environmental values into national, state and local priorities."[2]
Website .org.lcvwww

The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) is an American voter mobilization, and direct contributions to political candidates. LCV includes 30 state affiliates.

LCV was founded in 1969 by environmentalist David Brower. The group's president is Gene Karpinski. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C. [3]


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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.[4] 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.[5] LCV spent a total of $36 million in 2012.[6]

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.[7]

LCV annually names a “Dirty Dozen,” a list of politicians whom the group aims to defeat because of their voting records on conservation issues.[1] The original "Dirty Dozen" list was developed in partnership with Environmental Action in 1970.[8]

LCV strongly opposed many of President

  • LCV website
  • LCV National Environmental Scorecard

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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.[10]

Green Tech Action Fund and the Advocacy Fund are among LCV's donors.[4]


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