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Ed Markey speaking in favor of proposed EPA climate regulations
United for Massachusetts

Ed Markey: You know someone by the friends they keep

We, the people behind United for Massachusetts, have been working most of our lives to build better neighborhoods, a better commonwealth, a more perfect union. We know from hard, often painful experience that lasting change — the type it takes to overcome decades, even centuries of attitudes — is won only by combining passion and experience. It’s won by caring about problems when nobody else is watching. By developing innovative solutions the pundits say will never fly. By having the patience to listen to and come to an understanding with the seemingly-unpersuadable. And by having the deep experience needed to take advantage of unanticipated opportunities in an instant.

Ed Markey is one of us. 

We — and all of Massachusetts — are fortunate to have him in the U.S. Senate. And, in these times ripe with opportunity and danger, we need Ed Markey back in the Senate in 2021. 

Join the growing list of people supporting Ed Markey. Sign up today.

Ed Markey: Our advocate for a better Massachusetts

Ed Markey speaking to supporters

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People United for Massachusetts

We are advocates for a wide range of issues affecting every element of life in Massachusetts, climate change, health care, inequality, privacy, consumer protection, justice, and many more. When we first heard that Ed Markey’s re-election was being seriously opposed, we were shocked and dismayed. No Massachusetts elected official — and few politicians anywhere in the United States — have been more of a friend, more of a fierce advocate in the halls of power for the health, rights and well-being of the people of Massachusetts than Senator Markey.

United for Massachusetts is letting the Commonwealth’s voters know where Ed Markey stands on the big issues and that we stand for Ed Markey.

If you want a solution to climate change, a cure for Alzheimer’s, net neutrality, and liberty and justice for all, join us by making a contribution to United for Massachusetts.

To contribute, click here or email info@unitedformassachusetts.org for instructions on where and how to give. 

News Releases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Monday, August 31, 2020

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Ben Hellerstein, State Director, Environment Massachusetts, 914-420-9706 ben@environmentmassachusetts.org 

United for Massachusetts and Environment America Action Fund release additional campaign finance data in the Markey for U.S Senate race

(Boston, MA)  United for Massachusetts discloses additional donors through Sunday August 30. The full list of donors who have given $200 or more since the organization’s last FEC filing are listed at the bottom of this release. United for Massachusetts and Environment America Action Fund have also filed up to date spending reports with the FEC.  

United for Massachusetts submitted its last report on Saturday, August 29.  Environment America Action Fund’s reported additional spending on social media ads today of $15,000 and $1,250 spending on voter list acquisition.     

The current and earlier reports can be accessed at the FEC website:  United for Massachusetts: https://www.fec.gov/data/committee/C00747600/

Environment America Action Fund: https://www.fec.gov/data/committee/C00531814/

United for Massachusetts and Environment America Action Fund are educating Massachusetts voters about why voters should re-elect Senator Ed Markey to the U.S. Senate. Environment America Action Fund remains the single largest contributor to United for Massachusetts, contributing $3.39 million through Sunday, August 30, 2020.  

“Environment Massachusetts and our national organizations, Environment America and Environment America Action Fund, are proud to stand with Senator Markey. Senator Markey is the Senate’s foremost environmental champion. He has led the fight for clean, safe and renewable energy, clean cars and clean water his entire career. We need Ed Markey in the U.S. Senate,” said Ben Hellerstein, state director for Environment Massachusetts. 

United for Massachusetts’ new 30-second spot highlights Senator Markey’s “board of advisors” –the working people, students, nurses, small-business owners and residents of Massachusetts.

Massachusetts voters can vote in-person on Tuesday, September 1.  Mail-in primary ballots must be returned to local election offices by 8 p.m. on September 1.

ADDITIONAL DONORS TO UNITED FOR MASSACHUSETTS ($200.00+)   

Receipts not yet required to be reported to FEC 

Environment America Action Fund $1,200,000 (cumulative $3,390,000)

Vin Ryan $45,000 (cumulative 60,000) 

Michael R. Bloomberg $50,000

David Bonderman $50,000 (cumulative $100,000)

James and Kim Taylor $38,800

Carol and Hank Goldberg $25,000

SEIU 32BJ United American Dream Fund $20,000

Elaine Schuster $5,000

Dennis Mehiel $5,000

Vincent Roberti $5,000

Carla Meyer $5,000

Adam Ruben $500  (cumulative $1,000) 

Neil Aggarwal $200

ADDITIONAL DONORS TO ENVIRONMENT AMERICA ACTION FUND ($200.00+)

Receipts not yet required to be reported to FEC 

Denise Tomlan $250.00 

Environment Massachusetts works for clean air, clean water, clean energy, wildlife and open spaces, and a livable climate. Our members across the state put grassroots support behind our research and advocacy. Environment Massachusetts is part of Environment America, a national network of 29 state environmental groups.

Environment America Action Fund works to protect our environment by supporting candidates for public office who champion clean air, clean water, wilderness preservation, and strong action to address global warming. 

United for Massachusetts is an independent effort to elect candidates who will work to remedy key problems in the collective life of Massachusetts – climate change, health care, inequality, threats to consumer privacy and safety, injustice, and other threats to our children’s future.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Saturday, August 29, 2020

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Ben Hellerstein, State Director, Environment Massachusetts, 914-420-9706 ben@environmentmassachusetts.org 

United for Massachusetts and Environment America Action Fund release additional campaign finance data

(Boston, MA)  United for Massachusetts and Environment America Action Fund filed 24-hour reports with the FEC today providing up-to-date information on campaign spending in the Massachusetts U.S. Senate primary. United for Massachusetts’ largest expense reported today is an additional ad buy of $100,000, supporting Senator Ed Markey. Environment America Action Fund’s reported additional spending on social media ads today of $15,000.    

United for Massachusetts and Environment America Action Fund also disclosed additional donors through Friday August 28 that are not yet required to be reported to the FEC.  These additional donors who have given $200 or more are listed at the bottom of this release.  United for Massachusetts and Environment America Action Fund will release updated information again on Monday, 8/31/20. 

The current and earlier reports can be accessed at the FEC website:  

United for Massachusetts: https://www.fec.gov/data/committee/C00747600/

Environment America Action Fund: https://www.fec.gov/data/committee/C00531814/

United for Massachusetts and Environment America Action Fund are educating Massachusetts voters about why voters should re-elect Senator Ed Markey to the U.S. Senate. Environment America Action Fund remains the single largest contributor to United for Massachusetts, contributing $3.39 million through Friday, August 28, 2020.  

“Environment Massachusetts and our national organizations, Environment America and Environment America Action Fund, are proud to stand with Senator Markey. Senator Markey is the Senate’s foremost environmental champion. He has led the fight for clean, safe and renewable energy, clean cars and clean water his entire career. We need Ed Markey in the U.S. Senate,” said Ben Hellerstein, state director for Environment Massachusetts. 

United for Massachusetts’ new 30-second spot highlights Senator Markey’s “board of advisors” –the working people, students, nurses, small-business owners and residents of Massachusetts.

Massachusetts voters can in-person on Tuesday, September 1.  Mail-in primary ballots must be returned to local election offices by 8 p.m. on September 1.

ADDITIONAL DONORS TO UNITED FOR MASSACHUSETTS ($200.00+)   

Receipts not yet required to be reported to FEC 

Environment America Action Fund $1,200,000 (cumulative $3,390,000)

Vin Ryan $45,000 (cumulative 60,000) 

Michael R. Bloomberg $50,000

David Bonderman $50,000 (cumulative $100,000)

James and Kim Taylor $38,800

Carol and Hank Goldberg $25,000

SEIU 32BJ United American Dream Fund $20,000

Dennis Mehiel $5,000

Vincent Roberti $5,000

Carla Meyer $5,000

Adam Ruben $500  (cumulative $1,000) 

Neil Aggarwal $200

ADDITIONAL DONORS TO ENVIRONMENT AMERICA ACTION FUND ($200.00+)

Receipts not yet required to be reported to FEC 

Denise Tomlan $250.00 

Environment Massachusetts works for clean air, clean water, clean energy, wildlife and open spaces, and a livable climate. Our members across the state put grassroots support behind our research and advocacy. Environment Massachusetts is part of Environment America, a national network of 29 state environmental groups.

Environment America Action Fund works to protect our environment by supporting candidates for public office who champion clean air, clean water, wilderness preservation, and strong action to address global warming. 

United for Massachusetts is an independent effort to elect candidates who will work to remedy key problems in the collective life of Massachusetts – climate change, health care, inequality, threats to consumer privacy and safety, injustice, and other threats to our children’s future.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Thursday, August 27, 2020

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Ben Hellerstein, State Director, Environment Massachusetts, 914-420-9706 ben@environmentmassachusetts.org 

United for Massachusetts and Environment America Action Fund release additional campaign finance data

(Boston, MA)  United for Massachusetts and Environment America Action Fund filed 24-hour reports with the FEC today providing up-to-date information on campaign spending in the Massachusetts U.S. Senate primary. United for Massachusetts’ largest expense reported today is an ad buy of $812,811, supporting Senator Ed Markey. Environment America Action Fund’s largest expense reported today is $120,000 for get-out-the-vote phone banking supporting Senator Markey.  

United for Massachusetts and Environment America Action Fund also disclosed additional donors that are not yet required to be reported to the FEC.  These additional donors who have given $200 or more are listed at the bottom of this release.  United for Massachusetts and Environment America Action Fund will continue to release updated information every 48 hours from now through Election Day, September 1.  

The current and earlier reports can be accessed at the FEC website:  United for Massachusetts: https://www.fec.gov/data/committee/C00747600/

Environment America Action Fund: https://www.fec.gov/data/committee/C00531814/

United for Massachusetts and Environment America Action Fund are educating Massachusetts voters about why voters should re-elect Senator Ed Markey to the U.S. Senate.    

Environment America Action Fund remains the single largest contributor to United for Massachusetts, contributing $3.39 million through Wednesday, August 26, 2020.

“Environment Massachusetts and our national organizations, Environment America and Environment America Action Fund, are proud to stand with Senator Markey. Senator Markey is the Senate’s foremost environmental champion. He has led the fight for clean, safe and renewable energy, clean cars and clean water his entire career. We need Ed Markey in the U.S. Senate,” said Ben Hellerstein, state director for Environment Massachusetts. 

United for Massachusetts’ new 30-second spot highlights Senator Markey’s “board of advisors” –the working people, students, nurses, small-business owners and residents of Massachusetts.

Massachusetts voters can vote early in-person from August 22-28, or in-person on September 1.  Mail-in primary ballots must be returned to local election offices by 8 p.m. on September 1.

ADDITIONAL DONORS TO UNITED FOR MASSACHUSETTS ($200.00+)   

Receipts not yet required to be reported to FEC 

Environment America Action Fund $1,200,000 (cumulative $3,390,000)

Vin Ryan $45,000 (cumulative 60,000) 

Michael R. Bloomberg $50,000

David Bonderman $50,000 (cumulative $100,000)

James and Kim Taylor $38,800

Carol and Hank Goldberg $25,000

Dennis Mehiel $5,000

Vincent Roberti $5,000

Carla Meyer $5,000

Adam Ruben $500  (cumulative $1,000) 

Neil Aggarwal $200

ADDITIONAL DONORS TO ENVIRONMENT AMERICA ACTION FUND ($200.00+)

Receipts not yet required to be reported to FEC 

Denise Tomlan $250.00 

Environment Massachusetts works for clean air, clean water, clean energy, wildlife and open spaces, and a livable climate. Our members across the state put grassroots support behind our research and advocacy. Environment Massachusetts is part of Environment America, a national network of 29 state environmental groups.

Environment America Action Fund works to protect our environment by supporting candidates for public office who champion clean air, clean water, wilderness preservation, and strong action to address global warming. 

United for Massachusetts is an independent effort to elect candidates who will work to remedy key problems in the collective life of Massachusetts – climate change, health care, inequality, threats to consumer privacy and safety, injustice, and other threats to our children’s future.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Ben Hellerstein, State Director, Environment Massachusetts, 914-420-9706 — ben@environmentmassachusetts.org 

United for Massachusetts releases additional campaign finance data 

(Boston, MA) On Thursday, August 20, United for Massachusetts filed its pre-primary FEC report covering all receipts and expenditures between July 1, 2020 and August 12, 2020. 

United for Massachusetts today disclosed additional donors and expenditures since the end of the required reporting period, through Friday August 21, 2020. Those additional donors who have given $200 or more are listed at the bottom of this release. United for Massachusetts will continue to release updated information every 48 hours from now through Election Day, September 1. 

The current and earlier reports can be accessed on the FEC website: https://www.fec.gov/data/committee/C00747600/ 

United for Massachusetts has been educating Massachusetts voters about Senator Ed Markey’s record of accomplishment in the U.S. Senate. To date, Environment America Action Fund is the single largest contributor to United for Massachusetts, contributing $3.39 million through Friday, August 21, 2020. 

“Environment Massachusetts and our national organizations, Environment America and Environment America Action Fund, are proud to stand with Senator Markey. Senator Markey is the Senate’s number one environmental champion. He has led the fight for clean, safe and renewable energy, clean cars and clean water his entire career. We need Ed Markey in the U.S. Senate,” said Ben Hellerstein, state director for Environment Massachusetts. 

The current United for Massachusetts ad campaign reinforces an outpouring of endorsements for Sen. Markey from individuals and organizations throughout the Commonwealth, including Senator Elizabeth Warren, over 100 state legislators, 24 mayors, and environmental and public interest organizations including Environment Massachusetts, Sierra Club, Clean Water Action and the Sunrise Movement. 

The 30-second spot highlights major themes from the recent Boston Globe editorial endorsing Markey, noting that he is “a progressive champion with chops” who has been able to “achieve real results on the environment and the economy.” 

Massachusetts voters can vote early in-person from August 22-28; or in-person on September 1. Mail-in primary ballots need to be returned to local election offices by 8 p.m. on September 1. 

Receipts & Expenditures: August 13-August 21, 2020 

ADDITIONAL DONORS ($200.00+) 

Environment America Action Fund $1,200,000 (cumulative $3,390,000) 

Michael R. Bloomberg $50,000 

David Bonderman $50,000 (cumulative $100,000) 

James and Kim Taylor $38,800 

Dennis Mehiel $5,000 

Neil Aggarwal $200 

NO ADDITIONAL EXPENDITURES 

Environment Massachusetts works for clean air, clean water, clean energy, wildlife and open spaces, and a livable climate. Our members across the state put grassroots support behind our research and advocacy. Environment Massachusetts is part of Environment America, a national network of 29 state environmental groups. 

Environment America Action Fund works to protect our environment by supporting candidates for public office who champion clean air, clean water, wilderness preservation, and strong action to address global warming. 

United for Massachusetts is an independent effort to elect candidates who will work to remedy key problems in the collective life of Massachusetts – climate change, health care, inequality, threats to consumer privacy and safety, injustice, and other threats to our children’s future. 

Thursday, August 20, 2020

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Ben Hellerstein, Director, Environment Massachusetts, 914-420-9706 ben@environmentmassachusetts.org

United for Massachusetts announces FEC Filing

(Boston, MA) Heading into the home stretch of the primary, United for Massachusetts has filed its pre-primary FEC report, covering all receipts and expenditures between July1, 2020 and August 12, 2020. The current and earlier reports can be accessed on the FEC website: https://www.fec.gov/data/committee/C00747600/

United for Massachusetts has been educating Massachusetts voters about Senator Ed Markey’s record of accomplishment in the U.S. Senate. To date, Environment America Action Fund is the single largest contributor to United for Massachusetts, contributing close to $2.2 million to-date.

“Environment Massachusetts and our national independent expenditure organization, Environment America Action Fund, are proud to stand with Senator Markey. Widely regarded as one of the Senate’s most effective advocates for the environment, Sen. Markey has a long record as a champion for action on climate change, renewable energy, clean water and public lands. If we are going to make the national and international progress necessary to address global climate change and protect precious areas like the Arctic, we need Ed Markey,” said Ben Hellerstein, state director for Environment Massachusetts.

The current United for Massachusetts ad campaign reinforces an outpouring of endorsements for Sen. Markey from individuals and organizations throughout the Commonwealth, including Senator Elizabeth Warren, over 100 state legislators, 24 mayors, and environmental and public interest organizations including Environment Massachusetts, Environment America Action Fund, Sierra Club, the Sunrise Movement, Planned Parenthood, NARAL, Moveon.org, the Massachusetts Teachers Association, the Postal Workers Union, and the Human Rights Campaign.

The 30-second spot highlights major themes from the recent Boston Globe editorial endorsing Markey, noting that he is “a progressive champion with chops” who has been able to “achieve real results on the environment and the economy.”

Massachusetts voters can vote by mail by requesting a ballot (the earlier, the better); or vote early in-person from August 22-28; or in-person on September 1. To request a ballot, call 1-800-462-VOTE or email elections@sec.state.ma.us

Environment Massachusetts works for clean air, clean water, clean energy, wildlife and open spaces, and a livable climate. Our members across the state put grassroots support behind our research and advocacy. Environment Massachusetts is part of Environment America, a national network of 29 state environmental groups.

Environment America Action Fund works to protect our environment by supporting candidates for public office who champion clean air, clean water, wilderness preservation, and strong action to address global warming.

United for Massachusetts is an independent effort to elect candidates who will work to remedy key problems in the collective life of Massachusetts – climate change, health care, inequality, threats to consumer privacy and safety, injustice, and other threats to our children’s future.

Paid for by United For Massachusetts and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee. Contact us at: www.unitedformassachusetts.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AUGUST 8, 2020

As primary contest enters final stretch, United for Massachusetts launches ad series reinforcing Markey strengths – the Ads underline Markey’s credentials as “environmental and progressive champion”

(Boston, MA) United for Massachusetts, a coalition of environmental and progressive organizations and leaders, today announced an expanded advertising effort supporting U.S. Sen. Edward Markey’s reelection bid in the final weeks of the primary campaign.

“This primary contest comes amid three major challenges: the global pandemic’s impact on our lives and livelihoods; a long-overdue conversation about racial and social justice; and an existential climate crisis,” said Environment Massachusetts Director Ben Hellerstein. “For environmentalists and progressives across the Commonwealth, it is imperative that we return Ed Markey to the U.S. Senate — and we hope Massachusetts voters agree.”

“Whether it’s authoring the Green New Deal to combat the climate crisis or championing Medicare for All, Sen. Markey is one of the strongest allies young people have in the Senate,“ said the Sunrise Movement’s Aracely Jimenez-Hudis. “He’s one of us — and that’s why we’re going all-out to re-elect him.”

The United for Massachusetts ad reinforces an outpouring of endorsements for Sen. Markey from a wide range of progressive and environmental organizations, including: Planned Parenthood, NARAL, Human Rights Campaign, Sierra Club and the Sunrise Movement

The 30-second spot highlights major themes from the recent Boston Globe editorial endorsing Markey, noting that he is both “a progressive champion with chops” and has been able to “achieve real results on the environment and the economy.”

Ads totaling $1.7 million will appear on broadcast TV, cable TV and digital platforms in the Greater Boston market.

“Due to the timing of the primary and pandemic-related social distancing needs, we expect that many state residents will vote by mail. Our hope is that this ad buy will reinforce the urgency of both participating in the primary and voting for Sen. Markey,” said Environment America Action Fund’s Johanna Neumann. “For our health, for justice, and for the environment, we need to send Ed Markey, along with his depth of experience and history of success, back to the Senate.”

Massachusetts voters can vote by mail by requesting a ballot (the earlier, the better); or vote early and in-person from August 22-28; or in-person on September 1. To request a ballot, call 1-800-462-VOTE or email elections@sec.state.ma.us.

Paid for by United For Massachusetts and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee. Contact us at: www.unitedformassachusetts.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 15, 2020

Sofie Karasek, press@sunrisemovement.org

SUNRISE MOVEMENT JOINS FORCES WITH GRASSROOTS GROUPS EXTENDING YOUTH AND GREEN NEW DEAL VOTER TURNOUT FOR SENATOR MARKEY

BOSTON — Today, Sunrise Movement announced its participation in United for Massachusetts, a joint campaign of grassroots groups in the Commonwealth advancing the candidacy of Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) who co-authored the Green New Deal alongside Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) in 2018. Senator Markey is one of the most outspoken voices in the Senate supporting the creation of millions of jobs in stopping the climate crisis.

In addition to this latest effort, Sunrise’s 46 chapters across Massachusetts are preparing to make thousands of phone calls and texts to friends from school, college and the workplace in the coming weeks to inspire young people to vote and volunteer for Markey.

“Ed Markey is one of us — he grew up working class, driving an ice cream truck to get through school. We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create real, transformative change in our communities, and Markey is on the leading edge of that fight in the Senate right now,” said Aracely Jimenez, 23, spokesperson for Sunrise Movement. “The crises we’ve been through this year have made it clearer than ever that we need systemic changes now — like the Green New Deal and Medicare for All. We need an enthusiastic base of progressives to champion the solutions we need — and Ed Markey is the candidate young people trust to fight for us.”

Sunrise Movement PAC has to-date contributed $50,000 to the independent expenditure effort, which it co-anchors with Environment America Action Fund. United for Massachusetts plans to spend over $1 million to educate voters on Markey’s record of fighting for climate justice.

“Ed Markey is championing the Green New Deal to create millions of jobs transforming our nation’s economy to 100% renewable energy,” said Saya Ameli Hajebi, 18, of Sunrise Boston. “Here in Massachusetts, we have one of the highest unemployment rates in the country — all on top of decades of structural racism that makes the Boston area one of the most racially segregated cities in the country. Ed is the only candidate in this race who’s serious about investing in a jobs creation program to pull us out of these crises. In a time when rich oligarchs and corporate elites are running our government, Ed Markey is grounded in improving the real, material conditions of families like the one he was raised in. And that’s why our generation is going to turn out for him in droves on September 1st.”