NextGen Climate Action

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NextGen Climate Action
Year created:2013
Website:Official website

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NextGen Climate Action is a Super PAC focused on giving support to environmentally active candidates. In 2013, NextGen spent over $2 million on TV ads as well as other digital and field efforts.[1]
NextGen Climate acts politically to avert climate disaster and preserve American prosperity.[2]

—NextGen Climate Official Website, [3]


The NextGen Climate Action Super PAC is part of the 20 person operation of NextGen Climate, which also encompasses a research organization and a political advocacy nonprofit. The group employs polling, research and social media to find climate-sensitive voters and spends millions of dollars in television advertising to try to persuade them. This young Super PAC, founded in 2013, is already among the biggest environmental pressure groups in the United States.[4]


SteyerHeadshot.jpeg Thomas Steyer was the founder and co-senior managing partner of Farallon Capital Management. CNN has described him as "California's hedge fund king."[5]

Steyer and his wife Kathryn Taylor have four children. They have pledged to donate half their fortune to charity.[6] They own homes in San Francisco and Lake Tahoe, as well as a 2,000-acre ranch in the coastal town of Pescadero.[7]
According to the Center for Public Integrity, Steyer gave more than $11.1 million to his two Super PACs in 2013 -- the most of any individual, union or company during 2013.[8]

Founder: Thomas Steyer


In April 2014, Steyer hired Dan Lashof as Chief Operating Officer of NextGen. Lashof was previously employed by the National Resources Defense Council. While at the NRDC, Lashof helped write the first cap-and-trade bill. "At the end of the day, I don’t care how we reduce carbon, but we have to do it. The mechanism may vary from state to state," he said.[9]

2014 elections

NextGen Climate Action hopes to spend about $100 million on 2014 elections. $50 million of that sum is expected to be raised by Steyer to match his own $50 million contribution. Much of this will be spent on media, including attack ads against candidates that will not take action to address climate change.[10]

Falling short

According to a report in the summer of 2014, Steyer had fallen far short on his pledge to raise $50 million in outside money to make climate change a midterm-election weapon against the GOP.[11] As of July 2014, the group had raised just $1.2 million from other donors toward that goal.[12]

Endorsed candidates

Targeted candidates

Name State Office
Rick Scott[10] Florida Governor
Marco Rubio[10] Florida U.S. Senate
Mary Landrieu[10] Louisiana U.S. Senate
Cory Gardner[13] Colorado U.S. Senate
Terri Lynn Land[13] Michigan U.S. Senate
Scott Brown[13] New Hampshire U.S. Senate
Paul LePage[13] Maine Governor
Tom Corbett[13] Pennsylvania Governor

2013 elections

Endorsed candidates

Targeted candidates

Name State Office
Ken Cuccinelli Virginia Governor
Gabriel Gomez[15] Massachusetts U.S. Senate


Ad against Ken Cuccinelli

Ad against the Keystone pipeline


PAC founder Thomas Steyer was the only donor who contributed more than $200 to the PAC in 2013. Steyer, listed under the employer "Fahr, LLC," gave over $9,300,000 in 2013.[16]

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