NextGen Climate Action

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NextGen Climate Action
Organization Profile
Top official:Dan Lashof
Founder(s):Tom Steyer
Year founded:2013
Website:Official website
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NextGen Climate Action is a Super PAC focused on giving support to environmentally active candidates. It was founded by Tom Steyer and is led by Dan Lashof. NextGen Climate Action is the political arm of NextGen Climate, which was founded in 2013 as a 501(c)(4).

The mission statement of the association is:

...we act politically to prevent climate disaster and preserve American prosperity. Working at every level, we are committed to supporting candidates, elected officials and policymakers across the country that will take bold action on climate change—and to exposing those who deny reality and cater to special interests.[1]

—NextGen Climate Official Website, [1]

In 2014, NextGen Climate Action was engaged in races in Florida, Colorado, Iowa, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Maine and Michigan.[2] According to Forbes, Steyer ended up spending close to $74 million to bolster the position environmental advocates in the elections.[3]

In 2013, NextGen Climate Action spent over $2 million on TV ads, as well as other digital and field efforts.[4]


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.[5]


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."[6]

Steyer and his wife Kathryn Taylor have four children. They have pledged to donate half their fortune to charity.[7] They own homes in San Francisco and Lake Tahoe, as well as a 2,000-acre ranch in the coastal town of Pescadero.[8]
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.[9]

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.[10]

2014 elections

NextGen Climate Action expected to spend about $100 million on 2014 elections, and $50 million of that sum was expected to be raised by Steyer to match his own $50 million contribution. Overall, the group spent around $70 million for the elections on November 4, 2014. Much of this was spent on media, including attack ads against candidates that will not take action to address climate change.[11]

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.[12] As of July 2014, the group had raised just $1.2 million from other donors toward that goal.[13]

Endorsed candidates

Targeted candidates

Name State Office
Rick Scott[11] Florida Governor
Marco Rubio[11] Florida U.S. Senate
Mary Landrieu[11] Louisiana U.S. Senate
Cory Gardner[14] Colorado U.S. Senate
Terri Lynn Land[14] Michigan U.S. Senate
Scott Brown[14] New Hampshire U.S. Senate
Paul LePage[14] Maine Governor
Tom Corbett[14] Pennsylvania Governor

2013 elections

Endorsed candidates

Targeted candidates

Name State Office
Ken Cuccinelli Virginia Governor
Gabriel Gomez[16] 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.[17]

Recent news

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See also

External links


  1. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  2., "Elections," accessed October 22, 2014
  3. Forbes, "Billionaire Tom Steyer spending 74 million on election night," November 3, 2014
  4. Politico, "Democratic groups gang up on Ken Cuccinelli," November 4, 2013
  5. New York Times, "Financier Plans Big Ad Campaign on Climate Change," February 17, 2014
  6. CNN, "California's hedge fund king," September 17, 2008
  7. MSNBC, "40 billionaires pledge to give away half of wealth," August 5, 2010
  8. Forbes, "Tom Steyer: Hedge Fund Billionaire's Foray Into Politics," September 21, 2011
  9. Center for Public Integrity, "Billionaires use super PACs to advance pet causes," February 5, 2014
  10. National Journal, "Green Scientist Is Tom Steyer's New Policy Guru," April 7, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 Slate, "The Liberal Super PAC Hoping to Use $100 Million to Turn 2014 Into a Fight About Climate Change," February 18, 2014
  12. Politico, "Tom Steyer struggles to find big-money donors," accessed July 17, 2014
  13. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named july
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 Washington Post, "Billionaire Tom Steyer will use clout and cash to boost Democrats, environment, in key races," May 21, 2014
  15. Politico, "Tom Steyer defends Terry McAuliffe’s green credentials," September 25, 2013
  16. Politico, "Tom Steyer’s super PAC on offense in Massachusetts Senate race," May 24, 2013
  17. Open Secrets, "NextGen Climate Action Donors," accessed March 24, 2014