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Electoral Support

In 2017-2018 our electoral work is more important than ever. There are currently 70 champions serving in the 115th Congress and while they’re doing great work, the anti-environmental tone of the broader Congress shows that they need more help. As the only ocean group to engage politically, we intend to deliver that help by working to elect more champions in 2018! We’ll defend our existing champions and will identify, evaluate and support the best new ocean candidates. Sign up for our email list to keep up to date as we roll out endorsements, and watch our website, Facebook and Twitter pages for more details.

Ocean Champions mission is to build the political power necessary to ensure thriving oceans and coasts. Our approach is to participate fully in the political process using a full complement of electoral and legislative tools to support endorsed champions and defeat bad candidates, including but not limited to PAC giving, advertising, polling, education, voter ID and “get out the vote” campaigns.

Consistent and Growing Electoral Success

Year Won Lost Winning % Highlights
2004 11 3 79% – Helped elect 2 new Members
2006 16 4 80% – Defeated Ocean Enemy #1, Richard Pombo
2008 28 6 82% – 6 Committee / Subcommittee Chairs
– 6 new Members (3 House, 3 Senate)
2010 23 7 77% – 11 Committee / Subcommittee Chairs
– Beat Pombo again!
2012 43 3 93% – 8 new Congressmen, 3 new Senators
– Ocean champions occupy almost 1/5 of the Senate
2014 54 5 92% -Defeated Ocean Enemy #1 Steve Southerland!
2016 51 6 89% -14 new champions including 8 new members to Congress (6 House, 2 Senate)
Total 226 34 87% – 71 champions serving in the 115th Congress

Our 2017-2018 Electoral Work

Our focus will be on:

  • Defeating ocean enemies
  • Ensuring that our current congressional champions return to Congress to continue their good work for ocean conservation
  • Identifying, evaluating and helping elect new candidates and members worthy of the Ocean Champions endorsement
  • Strengthening Ocean Champions Political Action Committee (PAC). Every penny raised for this powerful organization goes directly to pro-ocean candidate campaigns – the bigger the PAC gets, the more champions we can help win.

Note: To give to Ocean Champions PAC, you must first join Ocean Champions.
Please take this step today to help deliver a pro-ocean Congress tomorrow.