Texas League of Conservation Voters Writes Open Letter to TX Green Party Chair

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The Texas League of Conservation Voters is letting the Texas Green Party know their opinion.  David Weinberg, TLCV Executive Director, release his open letter to kat swift, the coordinator of the Texas Green Party.

Here is the full, unedited letter.

An Open Letter from the Texas League of Conservation Voters to the Leadership of the Texas Green Party

July 1, 2010

Kat Swift

Executive Director

Green Party of Texas

P.O. Box 271080

Houston, TX 77277-1080

Dear Director Swift:

I am writing on behalf of the Texas League of Conservation Voters to express profound disappointment in how the Green Party of Texas funded its recent ballot petition drive with corporate, out-of-state, partisan-directed funds.

The Texas League of Conservation Voters is a statewide non-partisan organization that works to elect candidates who support clean air, clean water, renewable energy and the protection of open spaces and wildlife habitat.  TLCV supports third party ballot access and would, under normal circumstances, support Green Party candidates who share the organization's values and goals.

Unfortunately, the League cannot support Green Party candidates in Texas at this time as it appears the Green Party used corporate money directed from out-of-state partisan sources whose positions on environmental policy are antithetical to those of the Green Party. The League believes the use of corporate, out-of-state money directed from partisan operatives for a petition drive corrupts and manipulates the electoral process.  

We also believe that candidates for office who owe their place on the ballot to funders who do not support cracking down on polluters and a clean environment cannot be trusted by the public to adhere to a pro-environment agenda if elected to office.  For these reasons, we respectfully request that Green Party candidates remove their names from consideration for public office in Texas in 2010.

Texas has suffered for 10 years from having a Governor who has put polluters before people, and is in the pocket of big oil and big coal.  We believe that the best option for moving Texas forward in 2010 rests with candidate Bill White, who showed extraordinary leadership as Mayor of Houston in cleaning up Houston's air and understands state environmental regulatory agencies must be responsive to the people of Texas.  

It stands to reason that the ballot petition drive funders' primary interest was to siphon votes away from Bill White to the benefit of a big polluter like Rick Perry.  It is profoundly dismaying that the Green Party decided, by accepting this tainted money, to be a willing accomplice in this endeavor.

Again, The Texas League of Conservation Voters respectfully reiterates its call for Green Party candidates to remove their names from the ballot in Texas in 2010.


David Weinberg

Executive Director

Texas League of Conservation Voters

For disclosure purposes, I was once a contractor for TLCV.  


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  1. Lions and Tigers and Bears… Oh, My!!!
    Corporate and out-of-state and partisan direct monies….Oh, My!!!

    Mr Weinberg, are you to tell me that the Democratic party has never accepted a single donation of corporate or out-of-state or partisan money? Get off your high horse and get real.  

  2. That is not the point
    Corporate donations used to get on the ballot are illegal. Ask Tom DeLay about funnelling corporate donations.

    This is the entire point. If Democrats are using corporate or union donations for anything other than very specific and restrictive items allowed by law, then they are committing a felony, just like the Green Party did.

    That is the issue at hand.

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