Evelyn Farkas Announces Pledge to Refuse Campaign Contributions from Fossil Fuel Lobbyists

Monday, February 3, 2020

Elmsford, NY — Today, Evelyn Farkas, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama, announced that she will not accept any campaign contributions from organizations or individuals who lobby for fossil fuel industries.

“My career has made clear that environmental sustainability and national security are inseparable,” Farkas said. “Unfortunately, too many lawmakers look at climate change as simply an ‘environmental issue.’ It’s not. It is a national and global security issue, a social justice issue, an economic issue, and a public health issue. I am eager to bring this perspective to Washington. This pledge is an important step towards that goal.”

At the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis (IFPA) in the early 1990’s, she analyzed and supported environmental research and activism in Central Eastern Europe. As a senior staffer for the Senate Armed Services Committee, she had responsibility across North America for homeland defense, which included oversight of environmental disaster preparedness and mitigation, and the response to Hurricane Katrina. At the American Security Project, she co-authored a report on the global impact of climate change and its security implications. Most recently, while serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, she drew attention to environmentally-devastating corruption in Russia and Eastern Europe, which has damaged health, safety, and human rights.

The child of Hungarian refugees, Farkas was raised, and attended public schools in Chappaqua. For nearly three decades, she has represented the United States in various capacities, defending democracy and advancing human rights. Farkas has been a leading policy and legislative expert in the Defense Department, on the Senate Armed Services Committee, and as Executive Director of the WMD Commission. She has advised former defense secretaries and Senators, including Hillary Clinton. As Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Obama, Evelyn was responsible for U.S. policy toward Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia. After the 2016 election, she stood up to conservative media to publicly denounce President Trump’s corrupt ties to Russia. For the last several years, Evelyn has been a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and German Marshall Fund and a National Security Contributor for NBC/MSNBC. Farkas earned a bachelor’s degree from Franklin & Marshall College, where she is a Trustee, and a master’s and Ph.D. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

New York's 17th Congressional District for the United States House of Representatives is located in the Lower Hudson Valley. It includes all of Rockland County and portions of central and northwestern Westchester County, including Chappaqua, Mt. Kisco, Ossining, Peekskill, Pleasantville, Tarrytown, White Plains, Cortlandt and Yorktown Heights.

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