NextGen America

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NextGen America
Non-profit, Political Action Committee
Founded2013 (2013)
FounderTom Steyer
Websitenextgenamerica.org

NextGen America is an environmental advocacy nonprofit and progressive political action committee created in 2013 by billionaire hedge fund manager Tom Steyer. It supports candidates and policies that take action against climate change. It has typically criticized Republican candidates, but has also targeted Democrats who have failed to take a stance on climate change.[1] The organization has also been an opponent of the Keystone XL pipeline.[2]

History[edit]

Businessman Tom Steyer founded NextGen America (originally called NextGen Climate) in 2013, and serves as president. A former hedge-fund manager, Steyer pledged to donate the majority of his wealth to charitable causes in 2010.[3] He also became involved in the issue of climate change.[4] Later, Steyer made the decision to pull his money from environmentally unsound investments and focus on pushing climate change issues and policies. [2]

2014 election cycle[edit]

NextGen America’s political arm, super PAC NextGen Climate Action Committee, began lending support to candidates in 2013. They backed Democrat Edward Markey in the special election to fill Secretary John Kerry’s senate seat,[5][6] as well as Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia race for governor against Republican Ken Cuccinelli.[2] Markey and McAuliffe both won.

The super PAC was a contributor in the 2014 midterm elections, targeting demographics believed to be most likely to vote based on environmental concerns. U.S. senate races in Michigan, Iowa, New Hampshire and Colorado were targeted in an effort to help Democrats maintain their majority in the U.S. Senate. The super PAC also supported gubernatorial candidates in Maine, Florida and Pennsylvania.[5] During the 2014 election cycle, five of the nine Democratic candidates won their elections.[7] As of 2014, NextGen claimed to have opened 40 offices and made contact with over 1.5 million voters.[8]

2016 election cycle[edit]

In 2015, NextGen America said that it planned to “punish” Republican presidential candidates for climate change skepticism.[9] It also said that candidates would have to pledge to enact an energy policy that would lead to a shift in 50% renewable energy use in the U.S. by 2030, and 100% by 2050, in order to receive its support.[10] In April 2016, it launched a campaign to register voters on college campuses in seven political battleground states.[11]

2018 election cycle[edit]

In January 2018, Steyer told reporters he would invest $30 million in an attempt to flip the House in the 2018 election in order to impeach Donald Trump.[12] This included committing $7 million to get Democrats elected in Florida and California,[13] and at least $2 million in Virginia.[14] NextGen said that it was targeting the millennial generation. NextGen published a Mother's Day video warning mothers not to let their children become Republicans.[15]

"This Mother's Day, talk to your child about the Republican Party."


References[edit]

  1. ^ Confessore, Nicholas (February 17, 2014). "Financier Plans Big Ad Campaign on Climate Change". New York Times.
  2. ^ a b c Hagan, Joe (February 18, 2014). "Tom Steyer: An Inconvenient Billionaire". Men's Journal. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  3. ^ Fessler, Pam (August 4, 2010). "40 U.S. Billionaires Pledge Half Of Wealth To Charity". NPR.org. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  4. ^ "Tom Steyer Biography - Founder, NextGen Climate". NextGen Climate. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  5. ^ a b Sheppard, Kate (2014-09-29). "Big Greens Are Spending Big Green In 2014 Midterms". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  6. ^ Eilperin, Juliet (May 1, 2013). "Did billionaire's spending sway the Mass. Senate primary?". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  7. ^ Cramer, Ruby (February 1, 2017). "Tom Steyer Moves Beyond Climate". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  8. ^ Schouten, Fredreka (October 14, 2014). "Tom Steyer: Midterms mark the start of climate campaign". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  9. ^ Sarlin, Benjy (April 6, 2015). "Billionaire donor's climate group plans to punish GOP in 2016". MSNBC. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  10. ^ Davenport, Coral (July 24, 2015). "Today in Politics: A Billionaire's Deep Pockets Come With a Big Catch". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  11. ^ Gold, Matea (April 25, 2016). "Tom Steyer launching $25 million effort to turn out young voters". Washington Post. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  12. ^ Debenedetti, Gabriel (January 8, 2018). "Steyer to target Ryan, GOP incumbents in $30M midterms push". Politico.
  13. ^ Connolly, Griffin (March 8, 2018). "Steyer Pumping $7 Million Into Florida, California for 2018 Democrats". Roll Call.
  14. ^ Portnoy, Jenna (April 7, 2018). "Fidget spinners, cookies and puppies: Billionaire has a plan to replicate Virginia's blue wave in midterms". Washington Post.
  15. ^ Lubben, Alex (May 11, 2018). "Liberal megadonor celebrates Mother's Day with warning not to let your kids become Nazis". Vice News.