Jupiter, FL – The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund, a leading environmental group dedicated to electing pro-environment candidates, endorsed Lauren Baer in her campaign to represent Florida’s 18th Congressional District.

Lauren Baer released the following statement.

“Here on the Treasure Coast, our environment is the lifeblood of our community and our economy. I was raised on our beaches and rivers, and know that these sacred resources must be protected, not exploited for political gain. Brian Mast is an election-year environmentalist, accepting money from corporate polluters, repeatedly rolling back protections on our air and water, and then taking only the bare minimum of action when it comes time to round up votes.

“The environment is at the center of my campaign because the environment is at the center of our way of life in Florida 18. Unlike Brian Mast, I have not taken and will not take a dime from corporate PACs, because our community deserves a true environmental champion, not someone beholden to corporate polluters. And I intend to be an environmental leader from my first day in office, because we simply cannot afford a representative who only pays attention to our ecosystem when an election season rolls around.
“I look forward to joining The League of Conservation Voters in the fight to protect our air and water, prevent the devastating effects of climate change, and move Florida towards a clean energy future.”

LCV Action Fund Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Tiernan Sittenfeld, released the following statement.

“Lauren Baer is committed to smart, science-based policies to ensure Florida’s waterways and beaches are safe and healthy. She will be a good steward of our coasts and grow Florida’s clean energy economy. Floridians in the 18th congressional district deserve a representative who will fight for her constituents and stand up to corporate polluters and Lauren Bear is the only candidate in this race who will do that.”

Republican Brian Mast received a 23% on his LCV’s 2017 National Environmental Scorecard, a failing grade reflecting his failing environmental record. When Mast first campaigned for office in 2016, toxic algal blooms covered 200 square miles of Lake Okeechobee. Now, they cover over 650 square miles.