NWF ACTION FUND 2014 ELECTION ENDORSEMENTS

 

The Candidates


U.S. Senate Endorsements


The National Wildlife Federation Action Fund has endorsed Tom Wolf for governor of Pennsylvania. Wolf has distinguished himself on a series of key concerns for sportsmen, including protecting and investing in state parks, wildlife areas, and state forests, strengthening protections for our air and water from natural gas extraction, and confronting climate change.

While incumbent Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration has weakened protections for our national resources and has repeatedly putting special interests ahead of Pennsylvania’s wildlife and public health, Wolf has laid out plans to make progress on a range of conservation issues critical to sportsmen. Wolf wants to invest in public lands and reinstate the moratorium on drilling in state parks and forests. He’s also pledged to strengthen regulations governing Pennsylvania’s fracking industry and to implement Pennsylvania’s Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Read the Press Release: NWF Action Fund Endorses Tom Wolf for Pennsylvania Governor


Frank LoBiondo

The National Wildlife Federation Action Fund has endorsed Rep. Frank LoBiondo for re-election in New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional district. Throughout his time in Congress, Frank LoBiondo has been an independent voice for conservation and wildlife protection. A lifelong outdoor enthusiast, Rep. LoBiondo has been willing to break ranks at times with his own party’s leadership to stand up for conservation values.

He’s stood up to defend the Antiquities Act that creates and protects public lands, from Devil’s Tower in the American west to historic landmarks like the Statue of Liberty in the east. Rep. LoBiondo also voted to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from destructive oil drilling and to preserve the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to cut industrial carbon pollution. LoBiondo also worked to secure federal support for restoring and strengthening New Jersey’s wetlands and marshes in the wake of superstorm Sandy to protect communities and wildlife habitat from future storms while promoting fishing and other natural resource-dependent businesses.

Read the Press Release: NWF Action Fund Endorses Frank LoBiondo for Re-Election


Kay Hagan

Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) is running for a second term in the U.S. Senate. A strong advocate for North Carolina’s outdoor heritage, Sen. Hagan serves as co-chair of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus and was the lead sponsor of the bipartisan sportsmen’s bill.

Sen. Hagan has proven her leadership on a range of conservation issues. She’s introduced the Sportsmen's and Public Outdoor Recreation Traditions (SPORT) Act to give hunters, anglers and wildlife watchers greater access to federal public lands and to increase federal investments in wildlife conservation. Sen. Hagan has also pushed for fully funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Sen. Hagan has repeatedly stood firm against attacks on the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to cut mercury, carbon and other toxic pollutants, protecting North Carolina’s fish, wildlife and public health. And she’s voted to restore clean energy tax incentives to help jump-start offshore wind.

Read the Press Release: NWF Action Fund Endorses Kay Hagan for Re-Election


Senator Mark Udall

Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO), a long-time conservation champion, is running for re-election against Rep. Cory Gardner (CO-4). An avid outdoorsman and former director of Colorado Outward Bound, Udall has established himself as one of the Senate’s leading conservation voices and a true friend of America’s sportsmen.

In Washington, Sen. Udall has stood firmly in support of protecting our public lands, leading the fight to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund and backing the creation of new national monuments. He has been a champion for clean, American-made energy, beginning in his home state of Colorado where a burgeoning wind energy industry is sustaining thousands of jobs. He has also backed several bills to help children develop a relationship with the outdoors.

Sen. Udall’s opponent, Rep. Gardner, is an ardent climate denier who consistently votes on the side of Big Oil and against environmental protection. He was the first member added to the League of Conservation Voter’s “Dirty Dozen” list for the 2014 election cycle.  

Read the Press Release: NWF Action Fund Endorses Mark Udall for Re-Election


Sen. Susan Collins

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) is running for a fourth term in the U.S. Senate against Shenna Bellows (D). A member of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, Sen. Collins has served as a leading voice for bipartisan conservation solutions.

In the U.S. Senate, Sen. Collins has opposed oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a vital wildlife habitat that supports key species from migratory waterfowl to caribou, provided a decisive vote to defend the Mercury and Air Toxics Standard for power plants, and is a cosponsor of the bipartisan Incentivizing Offshore Wind Power Act.

Sen. Collins has the best environmental voting record among Senate Republicans and will ensure that Maine’s hunters, anglers, and wildlife enthusiasts have a strong voice in Washington.

Read the Press Release: NWF Action Fund Endorses Susan Collins for Re-Election


Senator Gary Peters

Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) has represented Michigan’s 14th District for 4 terms and is now seeking a seat in the Senate. In Michigan’s state legislature as well as in Congress, Rep. Peters has continually proven himself to be a friend of the environment and a key champion of the Great Lakes.

In Washington, Rep. Peters has been a vocal supporter of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which cleans up toxins in the Great Lakes and reduces the spread of harmful invasive species such as Asian Carp. He has been a leading advocate of energy efficiency in the auto industry, and he introduced the Petroleum Coke Transparency and Public Health Study Act to address the health and environmental impacts of petroleum coke spills in Michigan.

Peters’ opponent, Terri Lynn Land, is an outspoken climate denier and supports catastrophic efforts in Congress to strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its authority to protect our air and water.

Read the Press Release: NWF Action Fund Endorses Gary Peters for U.S. Senate