Tom Steyer, prominent billionaire Democratic donor, announced this week made his at a Monday press conference in Washington, D.C., that he will sink tens of millions of dollars into an effort to flip the House to the Democrats by giving them a major cash boost in their midterm push. Democrats need to flip 24 seats in November in order to take back the House majority. Tom Steyer also quelled rumors that he might launch his own bid for office in 2018.
Steyer, who has already funded an ad campaign calling for Trump’s impeachment, plans earmark at least $30 million to further the House effort, with much of those funds going toward his advocacy group, NextGen America. His initiative aims to boost turnout among millennial voters in 10 key states.
Mr. Steyer said: “We need a government that is actually for the people, and we are only going to get it if the people of America are organized and demand it.” He added, “In 10 months, God willing, the people of America are going to send a wave across the nation. This tide will wash away the stain of the Trump administration.”
NextGen America aims to register 250,000 young voters in: Arizona, California, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. Steyer’s theory is that increased turnout among young people, a core Democratic constituency, would cause a ripple effect that would boost down-ballot Democrats as well. There will also be efforts to hold Democratic seats across the board as well as to elect Democratic Governors.
Per the organization’s website, the “Rising” initiative is described thusly: