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Environmentalists to Spend $230K Against Holden: Watch Video

Tim Holden has another headache coming his way. The League of Conservation Voters is preparing a $230,000 ad buy against the embattled Congressman. The incumbent is already being outspent by opponent Matt Cartwright and Super PACs.

The ad will run on broadcast and cable, and the buy is large enough to saturate (and oversaturate) the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre market for the next week.

“Congressman Tim Holden voted for Bush’s energy plan that gave billions in taxpayer subsidies to big oil companies,” the narrator blasts.

“On Tuesday, say no to Bush’s big oil energy policies, and say no to Tim Holden,” the ad concludes.

The ad buy was first reported by The Fix.

It’s a blow to Holden’s chances and a gift to Cartwright, who, unlike most challengers, can focus all of his resources on positively defining himself.

Holden has raised over $900,000 so far this cycle, and he’ll likely end the day closer to $1 million. But he’s campaigning in a district that’s 80 percent new to him.

Cartwright is fairly well known in the district already, due to his prominence as a local, Lackawanna County attorney. He raised over $300,000 so far and contributed $380,000 of his own money.

Add that to the $200,000 in spending by the anti-incumbent Campaign for Primary Accountability (which has spent about $130,000 so far), and the liberal Blue America PAC (which has spent XXX so far), and Holden is on the short side of the equation.

It’s not the first time Holden has earned the ire – or the media dollars – of environmental groups. In October, the political arm of the Natural Resources Defense Council spent $100K to air TV ads knocking Holden, as well as Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Luzerne) over the Clean Air Act.

In a release announcing the buy, the LCV said, “Holden’s lifetime LCV score of 57 percent gives him the 6th worst environmental voting record among current Democrats in the House.”

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