(Washington, D.C.- September 18, 2018) Today EDF Action announced a plan to spend $1 million across four key house races over the next four weeks. The program will include a combination of direct mail and digital ads targeting anti-environment Members of Congress Rep. Jason Lewis in Minnesota, Rep. Mike Coffman in Colorado, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher in California, and frequent candidate Danny Tarkanian, who is contending for an open seat in Nevada.
“Voters are fed up with politicians who put special interests and polluters ahead of clean air, clean water and a healthy environment for our kids,” said Joe Bonfiglio, president of EDF Action. “2018 will clearly be a critical election and EDF Action is holding anti-environment candidates accountable at the ballot box in November.”
Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District: Congressman Jason Lewis vs. Small Businesswoman Angie Craig
Rep. Jason Lewis has an abysmal record on the environment. He has embraced conspiracy theories about climate change and voted to undermine clean air and water protections, while taking tens of thousands in campaign contributions from big polluter special interests in just under two years. All told, Lewis has raised nearly half of his campaign contributions from beltway special interests.
If elected to replace Rep. Jason Lewis, Angie Craig has pledged to address climate change and the pollution that puts Minnesota families at risk.
Colorado’s 6th Congressional District: Congressman Mike Coffman vs. former. Army Ranger/Attorney Jason Crow
Over his long career in Washington, D.C., Congressman Mike Coffman has taken over $800,000 in campaign contributions from polluting industries and repeatedly voted undermine protections for our air and water, putting our health at risk. Since President Trump took office, Coffman has done even more damage, voting with Trump 96 percent of the time, including voting to slash the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget by over $500 million.
If elected to replace Coffman, Jason Crow has pledged to hold the Trump EPA accountable for protecting our air and water.
California’s 48th Congressional District: Congressman Dana Rohrabacher vs. Businessman Harley Rouda
Congressman Rohrabacher is out of touch with his Orange County district, including on the environment—supporting offshore drilling in California while calling climate change a “fraud.” EDF Action already engaged in this district before the June primary, working to ensure that a pro-environment candidate advanced through the “top-two” primary system to the general election. In contrast to Rohrabacher’s bizarre views, businessman Harley Rouda has made protecting California’s resources and addressing the threat of climate change a priority.
Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District: Perennial Candidate Danny Tarkanian vs. Education Non-Profit leader Susie Lee
Tarkanian has a well-documented scandal-ridden past, but is also extreme on the issues that Nevadans care about, including calling climate scientists “fraudulent” and supporting turning some public lands into “industrial complexes.” EDF Action ran a $175,000 mail program educating voters about 5-time candidate Tarkanian in the 2016 cycle as well, a race eventually won by Rep. Jacky Rosen.
EDF Action, the advocacy partner of Environmental Defense Fund, is running ads supporting pro-environment candidates on both sides of the aisle, across the country in competitive districts.