From The MD League of Conservation Voters...and the final, final word on Judd Legum? ~ Annapolis Capital Punishment

Thursday, November 4, 2010

From The MD League of Conservation Voters...and the final, final word on Judd Legum?

The MD LCV sent this out today from which I have excerpted the following:
"Maryland LCV’s new Anne Arundel County Chapter scored a HUGE victory with the election of Chris Trumbauer (the West Rhode Riverkeeper) to the Anne Arundel County Council.  Our Chapter pulled out all the stops to elect Trumbauer and “Team 30” (Speaker Busch, Senator Astle, Delegate Clagett and Judd Legum) by mobilizing volunteers and running phone banks.  Although we are very sad to see one of our strongest allies, Delegate Virginia Clagett, lose her bid for reelection, we remain optimistic that Senator Astle will be returning to the Senate."
Now here is a question for you, since the MDLCV admittedly "pulled out all the stops" on behalf of Team 30, which it also said of course included candidate Judd Legum, does this mean that Legum accepted assistance from a special interest or lobby as he so repeatedly said he would not do (and as I reported about here and in The Capital)?
I certainly support the MDLCV in its efforts and I am not attempting here to tarnish their name in any way, but this is about Legum and I do have to ask, is this another example of what I clearly showed Legum had done during the campaign?

Legum has said that “Government should work for the people they represent, not for the special interests who line their pockets...I have never taken money from state lobbyists or PACs, and I never will.” Legum claimed to be the only candidate running in District 30 who pledged to refuse contributions from state lobbyists and PACs.

Okay, so the MDLCV did not actually give Legum money but after it endorsed him, it gave him support directly through Team 30. The people helping may have been volunteers but their help came through the LCVMD.

Here is what the LCVMD says about itself: "Founded in 1979, Maryland League of Conservation Voters (LCV) is non-partisan, 501 (c)(4) known as the political voice for the environment.  We have since grown to a full-time, staffed organization that is governed by a volunteer board of directors." 

It sounds like a special interest group and a lobby to me. Again, there is nothing wrong with the LCV doing this of course, in fact I salute them, but Legum consistently and repeatedly propped himself up as someone special and different. Apparently his message did not resonate and the vast amount of money he raised from out-of-state and out-of-district clearly did not translate into votes within the district. More on that in another post.

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