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9/22/2004

John Thune and the Environment

The League of Conservation Voters has named our very own John Thune to their "Dirty Dozen" list of anti-environment candidates. In their press release they state that Thune "has a record that shows a blatant bias toward corporate polluters and special interests over South Dakota."

The LCV goes on to point out that "while serving in the House of Representatives, John Thune has repeatedly voted to let corporate polluters off the hook, earning a place on our 'Dirty Dozen' list," said LCV Senior Vice President for Political Affairs Mark Longabaugh. "Thune has a clear record of siding with corporate interests over South Dakota families."

While Thune's new ad features a South Dakota rancher saying that John Thune will always side with ranchers in South Dakota, the LCV has a slightly different take "Among other anti-environmental actions, Thune voted down legislation to help farmers improve water quality in South Dakota and co-sponsored a bill to significantly weaken the Clean Air Act. He also voted to allow more arsenic in South Dakota's drinking water. Thune's lifetime LCV score is a paltry 12 percent, and this is his second trip to the 'Dirty Dozen' list. "

To prove Tom Daschle's point that Thune is a follower and not a leader, guess who is listed
number one on the "Dirty Dozen" list? That's right, our great leader George W Bush. John Thune, an independent voice for South Dakota in the Senate. (Try to say that with a straight face)

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