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LCV Launches Second $200K TV Ad Campaign Against Ken Buck

Ad Hits Buck on His Support for Water Grab, Opposition to Clean Energy Jobs

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV), which works to turn environmental values into national priorities, launched its second $200,000, Western Slope broadcast and cable ad buy in Colorado highlighting Senate candidate Ken Buck's previous support for Referendum A, the special interests water grab overwhelmingly rejected by Colorado voters, and his opposition to creating clean energy jobs in Colorado.

"Ken Buck has proven where his allegiance lies and as Senator would side with corporate special interests over Colorado farmers and ranchers at every opportunity," said Tony Massaro, LCV Senior Vice President for Political Affairs and Denver native. "His negligent stance on water and opposition to creating clean energy jobs for Colorado families are just a few reasons why he is the absolute wrong choice to represent rural Colorado in the U.S. Senate."

The ad campaign was launched jointly with Commonsense Ten. Buck is also a member of LCV's 2010 Dirty Dozen.*

View the TV ad here:

A full list of LCV's political ads this cycle can be found at






Does Ken Buck really understand us?

Tight photo of Ken Buck on screen.

A Breathtaking Water Grab – Referendum A
-Referendum A 11/4/03

"Referendum A translates as another water grab."
(Rocky Mountain News, 10/9/03)

Ken Buck was listed as a supporter of Referendum A on, as "Ken Buck, Hensel Phelps Construction Company, Weld County."
(Denver Post, 9/30/10)

Buck supported Referendum A – the breathtaking special interest water grab.


Water From Rural Colorado For Corporate Interests.
-Rocky Mountain News, 10/9/03

Ken Buck was listed as a supporter of Referendum A on, as "Ken Buck, Hensel Phelps Construction Company, Weld County."
(Denver Post, 9/30/10)

"The ballot item offers no reservoirs or other compensation to towns west of the Rockies if the bonds build a system of straws and pumps to take water to the burgeoning, water-short suburbs south and east of Denver."
(Rocky Mountain News, 10/9/03)

Industry Donations to Save Colorado's Water:
General Contractors $115,500
Real Estate $103,417
Construction Services $50,500
Home Builders $20,000
Lodging & Tourism $15,000

Individual Corporate Donations:
Colorado Contractor's Association -$50,000, Construction
Colorado Association of Realtors- $25,000, Finance
Hensel Phelps Construction - $25,000 2.83% Construction
Stifel Nicolaus & Co. $25,000, Finance, Insurance & Real Estate
Morgan Stanley $25,000,Finance, Insurance & Real Estate
Forest City Stapleton $25,000, Finance, Insurance & Real Estate
Anheuser-Busch- $25,000,General Business
CH2M Hill $25,000, Construction
Saunders Construction Inc. $20,000, Construction

(Follow the Money, Accessed 10/19/10)

"The group received $10,000 donations from PCL Enterprises, Inc., a Denver-based construction company, and from RE/MAX founder Dave Liniger of Castle Rock, during the latest reporting period. Donations of $5,000 were given from Phelps Dodge in Phoenix; Loup Development Co. in Englewood; Matrix Design Group in Denver; Tarco Inc. in Arvada; Bi-State Machinery in Greeley; and Village Homes in Littleton. There were no donations from western Colorado."
(The Daily Sentinel, 10/28/03)


Buck would have taken water from rural Colorado for the benefit of huge corporate interests – and created $4 billion dollars worth of debt.

Would Have Created $4 Billion in Debt
-Colorado Springs Business Journal 10/10/03

Taken Thousands From Uranium Interests.


Text of Referendum A: "Shall the state of Colorado debt be increased $2 billion, with a repayment cost of $4 billion, maximum total state cost, by an amendment to the Colorado Revised Statutes..." (Colorado State Legislature Ballot History)

"Wording of the ballot item starts with debt - up to $4 billion - to buy $2 billion of future water projects for the state. That's big money by anybody's definition."
(Colorado Springs Business Journal 10/10/03)


And today, Buck opposes bringing thousands of new clean energy jobs to Colorado... jobs we desperately need.

Buck Opposes New Clean Energy Jobs

"...the so-called "cap and trade" bill looming in Congress is not the answer...I'm strongly opposed..."

A University of California-Berkeley study found that comprehensive federal climate policy, like the House-passed American Clean Energy and Security Act, could create as many as 30,000 new clean energy jobs in Colorado by 2020.  ("Clean Energy and Climate Policy for U.S. Growth and Job Creation" by David Roland-Holst and Friedrich Kahrl of the University of California, Berkeley, 10/16/09)

Ken Buck – not one of us.

Ken Buck.
Not One of Us

The League of Conservation Voters and Commonsense Ten are responsible for the content of this advertising.

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* LCV's trademark Dirty Dozen program targets candidates for Congress — regardless of party affiliation — who consistently vote against clean energy and conservation and are running in races in which LCV has a serious chance to affect the outcome. Since 1996, more than 60 percent of the Dirty Dozen have been defeated. See the full 2010 list and learn more at