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     Folks -- since this forum has invited a lot of back and forth on the 
     environmental records of presidential candidates, it seems Michigan 
     enviros probably want to know about the following -- While I don't 
     think any of these ads appeared in Michigan, the "greenscamming" that 
     this represents runs rampant in electioneering in our state.  AW
     
     
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Subject: SIERRA CLUB DEMANDS WITHDRAWAL OF FALSE BUSH AD
Author:  Jon Schneider at Sierra-Club-DC 
Date:    3/3/00 3:58 PM
     
     
     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE      CONTACT:
     March 3, 2000              Jon Schneider, (202) 675-2383
     
     SIERRA CLUB DEMANDS WITHDRAWAL OF FALSE BUSH AD
     FUNDER OF `REPUBLICANS FOR CLEAN AIR' HAS DONATED THOUSANDS TO 
     OPPONENTS OF CLEAN AIR
     
     Washington: The Sierra Club demanded that "Republicans for Clean Air" 
     withdraw their commercial running California, New York, and Ohio, 
     because it includes factually incorrect information about George W. 
     Bush's environmental record.  The Sierra Club also revealed that Sam 
     Wyly, the funder of "Republicans for Clean Air," and his family have 
     given hundreds of thousands of dollars to anti-environmental 
     politicians who have voted to weaken the Clean Air Act.
     
     "These ads are polluting the airwaves with false information about 
     George W. Bush's terrible environmental record," said Carl Pope, 
     Sierra Club Executive Director.  "`Republicans for Clean Air' should 
     pull these ads that paint a false picture of Gov. Bush's poor record 
     governing the most polluted state in America."
     
     The ad claims that "Bush clean air laws will reduce air pollution more 
     than a quarter million tons a year."  In fact, the utility 
     deregulation bill signed by Bush would require coal fired power plants 
     to reduce their emissions by only 117,000 tons annually, which is less 
     than half of the figure cited in the ad.  The ad optimistically 
     assumes that the rest of these reductions will occur under Texas's 
     voluntary pollution reduction program, which is unlikely because few 
     plants are participating in it.  In other words, the ad's claim about 
     pollution reductions is false.
     
     According to Federal Election Commission records, Sam Wyly, his 
     brother, and other immediate family members have donated over $200,000 
     to politicians who have voted to weaken the Clean Air Act, and who 
     have an average pro-environment voting record of 8% (according to the 
     nonpartisan League of Conservation Voters).  (See attached list)  Many 
     of these politicians voted against the environment every time in 1999, 
     including Reps. J.C. Watts and Joe Barton, and Sens. William Frist, 
     Don Nickles, Rick Santorum and Kay Bailey Hutchinson.
     
     "This group should be called `Republicans for Dirty Air,'" said Daniel 
     J. Weiss, Sierra Club Political Director. "There are much better ways 
     to clean the air than contributing to enemies of the environment and 
     running false ads."
     
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     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE      CONTACT:
     March 3, 2000              Jon Schneider, (202) 675-2383
     
     WYLY FAMILY BACKS DIRTY AIR SENATORS & REPRESENTATIVES 
     
     All of these Senators & Representatives have voted to weaken the Clean 
     Air Act. This means they have voted for H.R. 2099 in 1995 or 
     cosponsored H.R. 1984, the Klink Bill, in the 105th Congress-- see 
     1995 & 1997 League of Conservation Voters Scorecards.
     
     KEY: CANDIDATE'S NAME (PARTY-STATE): MONEY GIVEN BY WYLY FAMILY ; 1999 
     LCV SCORE
     
     Sen. John McCain (R-TX): $2,000; 11% Rep. JC Watts (R-OK): $500; 0%
     Rep. Dick Armey (R-TX): $2,500; 6% 
     Sen. William Frist (R-TN): $1,000; 0% Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX): 
     $2,000; 6%
     Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-CO): $1,000; 0% Sen. Donald Lee 
     Nickles (R-OK): $1,000; 0%
     Former Rep. John Eric Ensign (R-NV): $1,000; 34% (LCV Score for 105th 
     Congress)
     Rep. Joe Linus Barton (R-TX): $1,000; 0% Sen. Richard Santorum (R-PA): 
     $2,000; 0%
     Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX): $1,000; 0% Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX): 
     $1,000; 6%
     Former Rep. Linda Smith (R-WA): $1,000; 21% (LCV Score for 105th 
     Congress)
     Former Rep. Robert Inglis (R-SC): $1,000; 24% (LCV Score for 105th 
     Congress)
     
     AVERAGE LCV SCORE: 7.7%
     
     * Since 1997, Sam and Charles Wyly and their families have donated 
     over $200,000 to political candidates.
     
     H.R. 1984 (The Klink Bill): Would have canceled the EPA's tougher air 
     pollution standards.  The bill would significantly delay EPA's efforts 
     to reduce emissions contributing to unhealthy levels of smog and soot.
     
     H.R. 2099: Included riders that would have weakened clean air and 
     water standards.  Also would have slashed the EPA and Council on 
     Environmental Quality's budgets. The bill was vetoed by President 
     Clinton.
     
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