Environmentalists are coming soon to a community near you! The ELM Action Fund, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization is the political arm of the Environmental League of Mass. It invested heavily in yesterday’s state senate special election in Brockton, endorsing state Rep. Michael Brady, who won. The ELM Action Fund invested staff and thousands of dollars putting “boots on the ground,” funding online digital advertising and phone banks to targeted environmental voters in the district, dramatically turning out the environmental vote.
While many non-profits shy away from politics or the term special interest, the ELM Action Fund embraces it. “We are a special interest, and proud of it.” ELM/AF President George Bachrach noted. “Protection of the environment is a very special interest that we will promote and defend in every way possible” he added.
The ELM Action Fund also recently formed a Super PAC to raise money for future races and has indicated that it will soon announce a “Dirty Dozen” legislators with the lowest environmental voting records in the state legislature.
Bachrach announced the Super PAC will target upcoming special elections in Peabody, Weymouth and Brockton to replace Brady in the House. Bachrach indicated the environmental community has identified tens of thousands of likely voters in these and other district who strongly support environmental protection.
“If you like rundown parks and pools, pipelines in your backyard, and an addiction to the pollution of fossil fuels, vote for the other guy.” Bachrach noted. “But if you want a candidate who will protect clean water, air and parklands…if you want to create new industries and jobs by building off-shore wind, solar fields and hydro, we’ve got your back, and we’ll work to win elections. Next stop Peabody, Weymouth and Brockton (again).”