California billionaire and climate activist Tom Steyer’s political organization has revealed some details of its plans to influence Pacific Northwest legislative contests.
NextGen Climate will back Democrats in two key state Senate races in Washington: Matt Isenhower, who is challenging state Sen. Andy Hill of Redmond in the 45th Legislative District, and Tami Green, challenging state Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-University Place, in Pierce County’s 26th Legislative District. In a news release, the group said its efforts won’t be limited to those races, but did not specify others.
Similarly, NextGen said it will aid Oregon Democrats in key state Senate contests there. Its news release says:
“With pro-climate action governors in both states, NextGen Climate, in conjunction with its partners, will implement a program to identify and mobilize climate action voters to ensure that both Washington and Oregon have a pro-climate majority in their respective state legislatures in 2015.”
NextGen said it will work with Washington Conservation Voters to highlight the “importance of taking action on climate through a robust field program, phone banks, direct mail, as well as television and in digital media.”
We reported earlier this week that Steyer has donated $1 million to a Washington state branch of his political organization. Nationally, Steyer has pledged to spend $100 million this year to back politicians who agree with his climate-change agenda.
Republicans have denounced Steyer’s intervention in Washington politics and have argued that his environmental agenda would raise taxes on middle class families.