#TBT: Collins Praised the League of Conservation Voters as “The Leading Environmental Group in the Country”

Collins bragged in 2002 that she “must be doing something right” if her opponent had not been endorsed by LCV, was endorsed by the group in 2008 and 2014

Back in 2002, Senator Susan Collins bragged that she “must be doing something right” if her opponent did not have the support of the League of Conservation Voters, and praised LCV as the “leading environmental group in the country.” The group previously endorsed Collins for re-election in 2014 and 2008. But after Collins received a dismal 21% on LCV’s scorecard last year, the organization today endorsed her Democratic challenger, House Speaker Sara Gideon.


Collins: “I would note that, to the best of my knowledge, my opponent is the only Democrat running for the Senate this year who did not receive the endorsement of the League of Conservation Voters. That’s the leading environmental group in the country. So, obviously I must be doing something right.”

Collins losing this endorsement is more proof that she has changed in Washington and become more focused on siding with Mitch McConnell and her special interest donors than serving the Mainers she’s supposed to represent. Instead of doing “something right” when it comes to standing up for Mainers and protecting the environment, Senator Collins has taken a hard-right turn — voting to confirm more than a dozen of President Trump’s anti-environment nominees.

More here on Collins’ environmental record:

  • Senator Collins Received Almost $50,000 From The Texas Oil And Gas Industry in Q1 Of 2019, More Than Five Times The Itemized Amount She Received From Mainers. [The Hill, 4/16/19]
  • Senator Collins Voted To Nullify A Rule That Required Oil And Natural Gas Companies To Report Payments To Foreign Or U.S. Governments For Oil Or Natural Gas Extraction Or Exploration. [CQ, 2/3/17; Vote 51, H.J. Res. 41, 2/3/17
  • Senator Collins Voted To Confirm Fossil Fuel Lobbyist Andrew Wheeler To Be Deputy Administrator Of The Environmental Protection Agency. [Vote 71, PN1426, 4/12/18]
  • Senator Collins Voted To Confirm Longtime Climate Skeptic James Bridenstine To Be NASA Administrator. [Vote 80, PN1359, 4/19/18]
  • Senator Collins Voted To Confirm Clean Energy Opponent Bernard McNamee To The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. [Vote 254, PN2556, 12/6/18]


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