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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Contact: Katie Parrish, (239) 537-9507, [email protected]

Multi-million dollar “Our Water, Our Vote” campaign highlights Michigan’s water issues, “Schuette Pollutey”

Conservation Voters of Michigan PAC announces $3.2 million campaign

LANSING Michigan League of Conservation Voters (Michigan LCV) has announced a $3.2 million independent expenditure campaign through the Conservation Voters of Michigan PAC to support clean water champions running for office.

“Safe, affordable drinking water has taken center stage this election,” said Bob Allison, deputy director for Michigan LCV. “To build a better Michigan for our children we must elect clean water champions who are willing to roll up their sleeves, stand up to special interests, clean up our drinking water and protect our Great Lakes.”

The Conservation Voters of Michigan PAC’s multi-million dollar “Our Water, Our Vote” campaign is one of its largest-ever investments in the gubernatorial and targeted state House and Senate races.

“When it comes to the race for governor, the choice is clear. Gretchen Whitmer will clean up Michigan’s drinking water, protect our Great Lakes and stand up to corporate polluters,” Allison said.

The campaign includes digital advertising, absentee voter contact, flights of direct mail, a unique video text message program, and a large-scale canvassing operation that will knock on a half-million doors by Election Day.

Bill Schuette was also named to the Dirty Dozen in the States. Modeled after LCV Victory Fund’s federal “Dirty Dozen,” the state version highlights 12 of the most anti-environment state-level candidates from around the country who state LCVs are working to defeat for the 2018 election cycle.

“Bill Schuette has a horrendous record on protecting the environment, deep ties to corporate polluters and is one of the nation’s most anti-environment candidates running for statewide office,” Allison said. “That’s why we call him ‘Schuette Pollutey’ – because he’s on duty for the big polluters.”

Schuette has sided with polluters over people time and time again, said Keith Cooley, Michigan League of Conservation Voters board member.

“Millions of Michiganders can’t trust that the water coming out of their tap is safe, and the 65-year-old damaged Line 5 oil pipeline in our Great Lakes could cause an environmental catastrophe at any moment,” Cooley said. “Bill Schuette has taken hundreds of thousands of dollars from the worst corporate polluters and he will do their bidding if elected.”

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