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June 12, 2012

PRESS RELEASE

New Defenders Action Committee ad reminds New Mexico voters of Heather Wilson’s cozy history with special interests

Ad cites ties to polluting industries and Wilson’s votes against clean water and air

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Defenders of Wildlife Action Committee today launched the first ad in a campaign by conservation groups to highlight the campaign checks Heather Wilson has received from polluting industries and her subsequent votes on their behalf. The ad points to hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations from oil and gas companies, lobbyists and other special interests that Wilson received while in Congress and questions votes she took against measures to provide for cleaner drinking water and less air pollution in New Mexico. “Who’s Wilson with?,” the ad’s final line asks.

“Heather Wilson would love for New Mexicans to forget to just how well she played the Washington game when she was in Congress,” said Jamie Rappaport Clark, President of the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund. “But it won’t take long for people to remember how cozy she was with the special interests.   

“Wilson took hundreds of thousands of dollars from industries that were polluting New Mexico’s water and air and then voted to let them get away with it. She voted to ease restrictions on polluters and even voted to shield them from lawsuits for the damage they had done,” added Clark. “New Mexicans value their natural heritage a great deal. I am confident they don’t want leaders who side with polluters over New Mexican families.”

The Defenders Action Committee ad will air on most Albuquerque stations and is just the first installment of an aggressive campaign by conservations groups to highlight Wilson’s ties to polluting special interests.

Contact: William Lutz 202-772-0269

The ad can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0l0LyMBjbUs

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Paid for by the Defenders of Wildlife Action Committee, 1130 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

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Affiliated with Defenders of Wildlife, the Defenders Action Fund is 501(c)(4) organization created to provide the wildlife conservation community with a stronger voice in the political process. For more information, see www.defendersactionfund.org.

Contact: William Lutz 202/772-0269
 
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