Case Study Policy Group The League of Conservation Voters (LCV)

The LCV is an environmental protection group interested in all aspects of environmental policy. It has campaigned to protect legislation such as the Clean Air Act and the Endangered Species Act. The LCV Victory Fund runs independent campaigns to influence competitive federal races where our involvement and issues can be decisive for pro-environment candidates who reflect the racial and gender diversity of our country. They aim to deliver victory for candidates who will translate these wins into environmental policies that benefit people across the country, and these policies increasingly focus on communities of color and low-wealth communities who are impacted by environmental racism and injustice. s top priority is climate change, and it works to publicise the negative impact global warming is having on the US (for example, by linking it to the $485 billion cost of extreme weather events in the US alone).The LCV funds the campaigns of pro-environment politicians, but its trademark campaign is 'The Dirty Dozen. In each election, it selects 12 politicians who it views as posing the biggest threat to the environment. It then campaigns heavily against these 12, running poster, television and Internet campaigns to expose connections between them and groups that may want harmful environmental policies. The LCV usually chooses more marginal races where it can have a greater impact. In 2012, 11 of the 12 were defeated, and in 2014, seven of the 12 were defeated. However, in 2016 only four of the 12 were defeated.