GOP Senator Says Group Is On ‘Environmental Jihad’ Against Him

AP

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) preempted the League of Conservation Voters’ efforts to pressure him into supporting legislation to combat climate change, writing in a fundraising email Tuesday that the “extreme left group” is on “environmental jihad.”

LCV announced a $2 million ad buy on Monday that will target Republicans, like Johnson, who have opposed President Barack Obama’s climate change proposals. 

“The League of Conservation Voters is one of the many attack dog groups used by President Obama, the Democrats and the extreme left to weaken, defeat and silence conservatives,” Johnson said in the email that was provided to TPM. “They use TV ads – filled with smears – because they work.  Their ads attacking me will start in a few days. The League of Conservation voters is not an organization with a balanced approach to a cleaner environment. They are an extreme left group on an environmental jihad.”

Johnson closed by asking for “an urgent contribution.”

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