May 30, 2018

Center for Biological Diversity Leaders Form Political Group to Elect Strong Environmental Candidates, Promote Progressive Wildlife Policy

WASHINGTON— Leaders of the Center for Biological Diversity today officially launched Center Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) organization devoted to electing county, state and federal lawmakers with unshakable environmental values and to promoting progressive policies and laws protecting endangered species, expanding and restoring public lands and ensuring all people have clean, safe communities and workplaces free from harmful pollution.

The Center Action Fund’s first political endorsements are in New Mexico and Nevada:

New Mexico, June 5th Democratic Primary

  • For Lieutenant Governor: Howie Morales
  • For Public Lands Commissioner: Garrett VeneKlasen
  • For the 1st Congressional District: Debra Haaland
  • For the 2nd Congressional District: Xochitl Torres Small

Nevada, June 12th Democratic Primary

  • For Governor: Chris Giunchigliani
  • For Nevada Senate District 10: Yvanna Cancela
  • For Nevada Assembly District 15: Howard Watts III
  • For Clark County Commission District E: Tick Segerblom

“Too many politicians are owned by special interests and corporations seeking to weaken environmental laws,” said Kieran Suckling, president of the Center Action Fund. “The candidates we endorse today will stand up for America’s air, water, land and wildlife. They will protect our freedom and right to a healthy environment.”

Center Action Fund is an affiliate organization of the Center for Biological Diversity, a prominent, national 501(c)(3) environmental group which cannot itself engage in electoral action. Kieran Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity, is the Center Action Fund’s board president. Brett Hartl, governmental affairs director of the Center for Biological Diversity is the Center Action Fund’s chief political strategist.

“The Center Action Fund will invest significant resources nationally in the 2018 election cycle to elect candidates who will stand up to President Trump and his cronies in Congress,” said Suckling. “We will call out Democrats and Republicans alike who sell out America’s wildlife and environment.”

The Center Action Fund is a national 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization that advocates for legislation and legislators that will advance a progressive environmental agenda.

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