The Sierra Club claims to be a "nonpartisan" organization.

Here are the numbers:

2004 Endorsements (165 to date)
  •  5 are Republicans (3%)
  • 158 are Democrats (95%)
  • 2 are Independent (less than 2%)

2002 Endorsements (196 in total)

  • 11 were Republicans (5%)
  • 185 were Democrats (95%)

2000 Endorsements (140 in total)

  •  8 were Republicans (5%)
  • 132 were Democrats (95%)

In the 2002 elections, the Sierra Club released "voter education scorecards," claiming voters should "Get The Facts" before the election - but the cards are barely fact, let alone the whole truth.  They rated 24 Senators, Congressmen, and candidates in 9 states on only three or four environmental votes.  It's difficult to imagine that a Member's entire voting record can be summed up by four votes - on any issue.  These votes are often compared to websites or newspaper quotes, hardly an even comparison.

  • Sierra Club selected votes or positions where only 19% of Republicans were in support of the club's position on that issue, while 92% of Democrats were in support of the issue.

This is similar to the 2000 elections - in which they rated 69 Senators and Congressmen in eleven states on only four selected votes.

  • Sierra Club selected four votes where only 10% of Republicans were in support of the club's position, while 92% of Democrats were in support of the club's position.

The Sierra Club historically refuses to consider bipartisan measures:

  • The Sierra Club has ignored pro-environment, bipartisan measures such as the Safe Drinking Water Act, the National Wildlife Refuge Improvement Act, or the North American Wetlands Conservation Reauthorization Act.  All of these measures were passed by an overwhelmingly bi-partisan majority.

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