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Ocean Champions: Political Champions for Ocean Conservation

And The Big Waves Just Keep Rolling In!

Today, we edge a bit closer to the final wave in what has been an exciting set of endorsements.  New to Ocean Champions, these candidates share a strong commitment to protecting our oceans and elevating ocean health as a priority in Congress. House Candidates:  Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and Christine Jennings (D-FL), and Senate Candidate Kay Hagan (D-NC) further compliment our previous three waves of endorsements.

In their own words, they share the vision of a healthier planet:

Christine Jennings: "The environment is critical to our economy, our health and our lifestyle. I will oppose any effort by the big oil companies to drill off Florida's coast and will fight for tougher environmental standards to ensure that our air and water are protected. I will also work for more funding for Red Tide research and Everglades restoration."

Chellie Pingree:  "We have a unique opportunity to take concrete steps to protect and preserve the environment.  We just need to show the political will to take advantage of it."

Kay Hagan: "I'm proud to be endorsed by Ocean Champions and look forward to working with them in the Senate.  North Carolina's coast is both a treasured possession and an economic boon, and it's of the utmost importance to me that we protect and preserve it for generations to come. I also believe we need to encourage water conservation and invest in environmentally responsible hydropower, as well as promote research into renewable resources such as wave and tidal energy which could help us reduce our dependence on foreign oil and help prevent further global warming."

As we draw closer to these 'nail biting' elections, in such critical regions--it's never been more important to send ocean-friendly candidates to Congress.  NOW is the time to donate to ensure the election of ocean champions.  We must work even harder than ever at protecting the oceans for the generations to come.   Please invite your friends, who share in the vision of healthy oceans for their children, to join us in this fight.

For the oceans,

The Ocean Champions Team

P.S.  Hey, tell us about the elections and their potential environmental impact in your community.  Join the conversation in our blog today.  These are incredible times we're living in--we have a lot to talk about.

ELECTION 2008

Why Are Ocean Champions Endorsements So Important?

When you consider that more than 53% of our nation's population resides on a highly abused 17% of our coasts, and only 5% of our nations political leadership champion ocean health; we think it's important to get more Ocean Champions elected.

Ocean Champions endorsements help to elect ocean-conscious Congressional leadership that will better represent our needs.  Our Congressional Champions work to protect waterways while recognizing the direct effect of the oceans' health on our families' health. 

Our endorsements provide:

Campaign Funding- through Ocean Champions PAC.

Independent Campaigning - our unique 501(c)(4) structure positions us as the only ocean group that directly works to elect (and sometimes to defeat) members of Congress.  In 2006 we played a major role in getting rid of "Ocean Enemy #1", Rep. Richard Pombo (R-Ca.), by funding a door-to-door canvas in his district.

Social Networking Support -  (YAY YOU!)  Last year, you and your friends sent thousands of letters and calls of support to Ocean Champions Representatives and candidates who are working to move healthy ocean policy into action.  There is power in your voice.

Campaign Insight - Our unique bipartisan approach provides incredible social and scientific insight to members on both sides of the aisle.

With what is shaping up to be one of the most important election years of an era-it's never been more important to elect Ocean Champions who better represent our needs.

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