Green Groups Emerge as Leading Force in U.S. Mid-Term Elections
Led by the League of Conservation Voters, the Sierra Club, and billionaire Tom Steyer’s NextGen Climate Action Committee, U.S. environmental organizations have entered the top tier of outside groups trying to influence the outcome of this year’s mid-term elections, Politico reports.
The groups “have hired well-known national and state political operatives to guide the effort, and they are digging into detailed polling and analysis produced by the same white-shoe firms that helped President Barack Obama get elected,” Restuccia and Goode write.
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“For years, greens were seen as second-tier players, unable to muster enough power to sway race outcomes.” But this year, “several environmentalists said privately they expect to outspend all outside groups in several key states, with the exception of the Republican and Democratic Party organizations.”