Deep-pocketed environmental groups have spent more than $3.3 million in the last week to support Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s election bid and attack Republican opponent Donald Trump.
NextGen Climate Action spent more than $1.4 million since Sept. 8 attacking Trump’s candidacy, mainly through a sizable digital advertising campaign, according to independent expenditure data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP).
NextGen was founded and is almost exclusively funded by liberal billionaire Tom Steyer, who made his name spending tens of millions of dollars trying to make global warming a top-tier issue in elections. So far, NextGen has spent nearly $2.2 million this election cycle attacking Trump.
Steyer was the single biggest donor during the 2014 election, spending more than $73 million that cycle. Steyer spent more than $20 million that election through NextGen, and is likely poised to spend millions more this election attacking Trump or supporting Clinton.
“They’ve always been so capable of building influence around the country through money. Regardless of what I do, or what Democrats do, we’re gonna get outspent by a lot. That’s just a fact,” Steyer said.