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Tom Steyer Announces First Round of “Climate Candidates,” endorsing Katie Porter and Sydney Batch

(San Francisco, CA, June 30) –– On the heels of helping raise $4 million for Vice President Biden’s presidential campaign, Tom Steyer announced his first round of “Climate Candidates” by endorsing Rep. Katie Porter in California, and Rep. Sydney Batch in North Carolina. In addition to helping elect Joe Biden, Tom plans to be actively involved in supporting candidates up and down the ballot who have shown proven leadership on climate justice and will lead the climate movement towards actionable and sustainable solutions.

Following fundraisers for Vice President Biden through Climate Leaders for Biden that raised over $8.4 million, Steyer has committed to leveraging his resources, his network, his time, and the significant infrastructure he built during his Presidential run to help elect these first three candidates and more to come. This builds on the work of GiveGreen, a platform dedicated to connecting climate donors with climate candidates, that Steyer helped co-found through NextGen America. GiveGreen candidates have a 72% success rate, and the program has raised over $50 million for strong climate candidates from a community of strong climate donors.

Steyer has continually said he will do all he can to elect Vice President Biden, but knows that saving our planet and winning in November will take leaders at every level committed to urgent action and environmental justice. Over the next several months, Tom will be announcing his support for a number of diverse candidates up and down the ballot who will tackle our climate crisis in Washington and in statehouses across our country.

“This is the most important election of our lifetimes,” said Steyer. “Our planet and our country cannot afford four more years of Donald Trump, but we cannot stop there: the speed and the strength of the policies we need to make a meaningful impact on our climate crisis requires bold leadership at every level of government. These phenomenal candidates are committed to taking on corporate polluters, prioritizing environmental justice, and rebuilding our economy in a just, green, and equitable way.”

Steyer will be releasing a slate of endorsed candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to urgent climate action and environmental justice. He will be watching closely to see which policies they will push and support, what they have done to center climate in their campaigns, and how they are working with voters to build the climate movement.

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