|When is an endorsement not really an endorsement? Here's a case study.1. First, check out the video from the Braddock District debate earlier this week, in which Teapublican incumbent John Cook claims to have been endorsed by something called the "Conservation League of Northern Virginia." Ever heard of it? Try Googling. Try anything. You won't find it. Because it doesn't exist.|
2. In actuality, Cook was actually "endorsed" by another (very small) group, one that calls itself the "Fairfax League of Conservation Voters." Except, there are a few big problems with this group...
3. One problem is that, as Virginia League of Conservation Voters (LCV) President Lisa Guthrie informed me, this group is actually an "independent PAC...not a chapter or affiliate of Virginia LCV." In addition, Virginia LCV has "no legal leverage over them and cannot prevent them from using 'League of Conservation Voters' in their name."
4. This "Fairfax League" group has no website. It has no Facebook page. It has no Twitter account. It raised no money in 2010 or 2011 (also none in 2008, just $100 in 2009). Its self-proclaimed president's Facebook page has absolutely no mention of the organization or of environmental issues on it, even though she updates her page several times a day.
5. In sum, the so-called "Fairfax League of Conservation Voters" "endorsement" of John Cook is NOT - repeat, NOT - an endorsement by a recognized, authorized, or otherwise serious environmental organization. Amazingly, it turns out, if you, me, a friend of ours, or even the Koch brothers wanted to start a string of LCVs all over the country, there's nothing stopping them. Crazy, I know, but that's the deal.
6. Also, along these lines, it's worth noting that the Virginia LCV - as well as the Sierra Club - strongly endorsed Janet Oleszek for State Senate in her race against Ken Kookinelli in 2007. To my knowledge, Janet hasn't gotten worse on environmental issues since then. :)
When is an Endorsement NOT an Endorsement? A Recent Case in Point.
Friday, September 16, 2011
Posted by Lowell at 12:25 PM