LCV Releases New Ad Highlighting Koch Brothers’ Smear Campaign to Elect Cory Gardner

(Return fire – Promoted by Colorado Pols)

The League of Conservation Voters today launched a new television ad in the Colorado Senate race calling out the Koch Brothers’ smear campaign to help elect Congressman Cory Gardner in November. The ad, “Smear,” starts running this week and is part of LCV’s $1 million dollar ad campaign highlighting Gardner’s Big Oil ties.  

“The Koch Brothers are steering a million dollars into misleading ads to buy one of their biggest allies a promotion to the Senate. But Cory Gardner and his oil billionaire backers will find that the facts are not for sale,” said Gene Karpinski, President of the League of Conservation Voters.

"The Koch Brothers smear campaign and their dirty money politics have no place in Colorado. Voters deserve to know Cory Gardner's record supporting subsidies and giveaways to Big Oil.  While Gardner caters to Big Oil and the Koch Brothers, Colorado voters and our environment lose," said Pete Maysmith, Executive Director of Conservation Colorado.

The ad highlights that the Koch Brothers have spent $1 million on “false” and “misleading” attack ads to help elect their ally to the Senate. Gardner has sided with Big Oil and the Koch Brothers by repeatedly voting  to keep giving billions in special taxpayer-funded subsidies to oil companies at a time of record profits for the industry. Documentation for the ad can be found here.

Gardner even signed a pledge on taxes that would protect billions in Big Oil subsidies. Despite their repeated claims to the contrary, the Koch Brothers and their front group, Americans for Prosperity, have worked to keep these oil industry giveaways on the books to pad their bottom line.   

Earlier this month, LCV added Gardner to their Dirty Dozen program and released their first television ad in the race, which reminded voters that Gardner has taken more than $450,000 in contributions from the oil and gas industry while repeatedly voting to protect their tax breaks, subsidies and giveaways.

Gardner’s voting record earned him a horrible 9% lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard. The non-partisan Scorecard is a nationally accepted yardstick used to rate members of Congress on environmental issues. Based on key environmental votes in the House and Senate, it is often used by the media to quickly describe a Member’s position. For more information, visit

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  1. ModeratusModeratus says:

    Let me get this straight.

    To highlight the Koch Brothers' evil million-dollar ad campaign, the League of Conservation Voters is launching a million-dollar ad campaign!

    Only a liberal could justify this.

    • horseshit GOP front grouphorseshit GOP front group says:

      Let me repeat what I told you last week.

      Maybe we should just be victims.  On second thought, fuck that.

    • gumshoe says:

      The millions of Koch Brothers money vs. the cumulative small contributions from LCV members. 

    • Old Time Dem says:

      Dear Shitstain in the Koch's Tighty Whities,

      When the Koch brothers donate hundreds of millions of dollars to elect candidates, they are trying to buy the legislature.  It is one step above

      • Old Time Dem says:

        legalized bribery.

        When many people with an interest in conservation try to defend the country against the likes of the Koch brothers, that is democracy.

        The difference is naked self-interest that primarily and significantly benefits influence buyers (the Kochs) vs. people power (small money funding a diffuse self-interest that serves the interest of society at large).


  2. ElliotFladenElliotFladen says:

    If the ad were good I would feel like pointing out some of the hyprocrisy that was noted above.  But it isn't that great so why bother?

  3. Sunmusing says:

    The Koch boys and their AFP are the domestic enemies we have been warned about…They are trying to overthrow our government by using bribery, and propaganda…We are now aware of the attacts from the gop/baggers and will fight them to the end…the Koch boys and their supporters are un-American, and should leave this country…

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