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Environmental group rescinds Rep. Hamilton’s award following fracking vote

 For immediate release July 3, 2012

Contact: Dan Crawford, Director of Governmental Relations, NC League of Conservation Voters, dan@nclcv.org, 919-839-0020 or (c)919-539-1422.

RALEIGH – The North Carolina League of Conservation Voters (NCLCV) announced today it is rescinding its “Rising Star” award given to Rep. Susi Hamilton on June 20th. The award was given to Hamilton for her pro-environmental record in her first term as a legislator at NCLCV’s annual Green Tie Award dinner in Raleigh. Representative Hamilton voted to override Governor Beverly Perdue’s courageous veto of SB 820, an ill-conceived, controversial bill which would allow fracking in North Carolina without insuring the proper safeguards to protect public health, drinking water, and property rights.

This is bold step that the organization is not taking lightly. “Politics is not a zero sum game and other awardees have made choices that we did not agree with. However, the circumstances, timing, and weight of this issue warrants a significant response,” said Nina Szlosberg-Landis, president of NCLCV. “Our members put a lot of trust in this organization, and we do not take that trust lightly,” she went on to say.

Board members, supporters, and past Green Tie award winners began contacting the organization early on Monday after learning Hamilton was brokering a deal with Republican leadership to “trade her vote” on the fracking override to secure an extension of tax incentives for the movie industry, buried in a technical corrections bill. The tax incentive Hamilton sought had been championed by New Hanover County Republican Lawmaker Danny McComas, and likely would have happened regardless of how Hamilton voted.

“Last night Captain America prevailed over clean drinking water and the property rights of North Carolinians,” said Dan Crawford, director of governmental relations for NCLCV. “We found out that even this Green Tie Award winner “has her price.” This was too big of a vote to sell out the environment on an issue that will change the landscape of our state for years to come,” he concluded.

NCLCV works to hold decision makers accountable for their actions through a legislative scorecard and political action. “Green Tie award ceremonies are nice, but we do the bulk of our work in electing pro-conservation minded candidates to the General Assembly. New Hanover County deserves someone that will better balance the environmental impacts of the decisions they make; we will work to ensure that in future elections,” Crawford added.

“I am deeply saddened by Hamilton’s decision. Particularly because we had such high hopes for her in the future,” Szlosberg-Landis said. “Our job now is to look ahead. To continue to recruit, support, and elect lawmakers who respect our citizens’ rights for a clean, healthy and prosperous North Carolina. Mark my words. We will do just that.”

The organization will deliver a letter to Hamilton’s office today, asking that she return the NCLCV Rising Star award plaque.

NC League of Conservation Voters is a statewide lobbying organization dedicated to protecting, preserving, and enhancing North Carolina’s natural environment. NCLCV has been working to protect North Carolina’s environment and our citizen’s health for over 40 years, turning environmental values into North Carolina priorities. NCLCV’s vision for the future of North Carolina is that all citizens and our elected decision-makers will better understand and appreciate North Carolina’s unique natural environment, and the integral role it plays in North Carolina’s economy and quality of life. nclcv.org

9 Comments


  1. Frank Burns

    July 3, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    It shows you how useless all these awards are from Advocacy Groups. They make these awards thinking it will make the awardee vote they way that they want them to. When they don’t, they take their football back and go home.

    They make good press releases though.

  2. Puella

    July 3, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Actually, you’re wrong Frank. She was proud enough to use this award to advertise herself as a conservationist, and now being stripped of it sends her and her supporters a solid message. It’s all about the press release. We see and we react to what politicians are doing. They can forget this.

  3. James Martin

    July 3, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Shouldn’t it be “Corporate America” in the 4th paragraph instead of “Captain America”?

  4. gregflynn

    July 3, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    James M, the subtext is that the extension of movie incentives approved in exchange for Hamilton’s support will benefit Marvel Studios’ planned production of Captain America 2 when it winds up filming Iron Man 3 in Wilmington, in Hamilton’s district.

  5. sundance kidd

    July 3, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Good.

  6. Jeff S

    July 3, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    I guess you’re right in a sense Frank.

    Most politicians respond better to bribes and payoffs.

  7. Alex

    July 3, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    I always said you can’t trust a politician to do the right thing except for Obama .Everything he does is the right thing to do.

  8. […] legislators accountable: One came today, when the NC League of Conservation Voters announced it is rescinding the “Rising Star” award it gave earlier this year to Rep. Susi Hamilton, a first-term legislator from Wilmington who […]

  9. Frances Jenkins

    July 3, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    The Democrats are dropping like flies.

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