Nevada senator target of major LCV ad buy
July 26th, 2012
12:59 PM ET
10 years ago

Nevada senator target of major LCV ad buy

(CNN) – The League of Conservation Voters launched a $150,000 ad buy in Reno Thursday against Nevada Sen. Dean Heller.

The television spot criticizes the Republican senator for what the LCV says are votes supporting 'Big Oil' and against clean energy in light of what's thought will be a close Senate race between Heller and his Democrat opponent Rep. Shelley Berkley.

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The black and white ad airing in the state's second biggest city begins with a sign that reads 'Senate Washroom' and continues with a man in a suit washing off what appears to be oil into a sink turning the water black.

Meanwhile the female narrator says, "Senator Heller has been hand in hand with big oil for years."

She continues: "While raking in over 200,000 of their cash, he's voted nine times to give tax breaks to billion-dollar oil companies. While voting against clean energy-which could cost Nevada thousands of good-paying jobs."

The man dries his hands, leaving a black stain on the paper towel as he throws it into a trash bin.

"And that's a stain that'll NEVER wash out," says the narrator. "Call Senator Heller and tell him to vote to end Big Oil's special tax breaks."

The LCV calls Heller's votes "out of step with his state" pointing to the senator's vote against extending renewable energy provisions they say would create 9,000 jobs in Nevada by 2016.

"In a state that is so dependent on clean energy, Senator Heller's votes are particularly egregious," said Tiernan Sittenfeld, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs at the League of Conservation Voters, in a statement about the ad buy.

Heller's campaign responded to the attack Wednesday in a statement saying Berkley is personally invested in oil companies and voted for a national energy tax that would raise gas prices.

"This ad is a tired, over the top attack. Dean Heller actually proposed a bill that would end tax loopholes for big oil companies," said Heller campaign spokeswoman, Chandler Smith. "It's pretty clear now whose side the fourteen-year Congresswoman is on – extreme environmental groups who are killing Nevada jobs."

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. RBenton

    Don't you mean League of "Conservation" Voters? Not sure the "League of Conservative Voters" as posted above would have the same stance.

    July 26, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  2. Richard T.

    Hellateer is a lackey. He sends at least 2 e-mail a week now stating what he has "introduced" in the Senate. He knows anyone can introduce a Senate Bill but not really expect it goes beyond introduction.

    He now sends at least 2-3 e-mail Senate announcements that would suggest he he a major friend of women and the working poor or middleclass or seniors or veterans. Maximum hollow pandering.

    How stupid does he count Nevadans to be?

    July 26, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |

    Somebody needs to tell these so called concervative clowns that they don't run the USA and never will,Gop train wreck coming in,Nov ,well deserved!!

    July 26, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  4. Reggie from LA

    While he should be called out, no doubt, I don't know why it should stop at Heller. There's been wailing and nashing of teeth about this "daylight robbery" for years. What took so long and why so limited in scope? One at a time I suppose?

    July 26, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. Darryl

    LOL...LOL....How funny but how true that ad and statement are. Yes he has had Big Oil Corporations in his back pocket.If the people of Nevada don't start paying attention the'll be sorry later on down the road.

    July 26, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  6. Jane

    I think you mean "Conservation", not "Conservative". If it were Conservatives, they'd be giving this ineffectual doofus a medal.

    July 26, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  7. Richard T.

    Heller also voted against the "Disclose Act" to learn who those announomus contributors are and how much they are trying to buy the elections.

    Becuase his appointed/annointed Senate seat is in "real" danger and is he is running against a woman, the Gop lets him cast the non GOP block of voting when it comes to thier "War on Women."

    Dump this chump.

    July 26, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  8. Critical Thinking

    Clean Energy Jobs? What a joke. Sure you get hired and 6-12 months later you are unemployeed because the firm, along with our federal tax dollars have left the state.

    It's time ; BO MUST GO !

    July 26, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  9. Brian

    Yes, the LCV is the League of Conservation Voters. This type of editorial quality is becoming more and more prevalent at CNN. It would be impossible to read the text, and not realize that conservatives would surely not be campaigning against this candidate.

    July 26, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |