In February, a spokeswoman for the newly formed pro-Inslee super PAC, Act Now On Climate, said Steyer “would be our first call” to ask for donations if Inslee entered the race. He announced his candidacy March 1. But the money never arrived...On Tuesday, Steyer scrapped any idea he’d rescue Inslee’s struggling campaign, saying he’s running for the Democratic nomination after all — and will spend $100 million on his own candidacy.
Tina Podlodowski, chair of the Washington State Democrats, criticized Steyer’s announcement on Twitter, urging him to reconsider how he’d spend his money. She compared his candidacy to the presidential aspirations of another billionaire, former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz.“$100M would give SUCH a boost to every State Party in the country, allowing us to win up & down the ballot & invest in our organizers and volunteers. Invest in OUR people and THEIR power … not this bid. Please don’t Schultz it up!,” Podlodowski wrote on Twitter.
Time Magazine ‘Hero of the Environment’ Michael Shellenberger on Tom Styer: "Head of Sierra Club calls billionaire fossil fuel magnate turned megalomaniacal Democratic presidential candidate 'another climate champ.' Not the Onion, sadly.
NYT: There is little doubt that a message of government reform has broad appeal to Democrats. But Mr. Steyer is also now on his third signature issue in little more than half a decade — after first championing climate change as a campaign topic, and then presidential impeachment — and he will have to compete with more than a handful of other Democrats trumpeting clean-government themes.
Some of those candidates can be expected to push back on Mr. Steyer’s self-presentation: Mr. Sanders, for one, said on MSNBC that he liked Mr. Steyer personally but was “a bit tired of seeing billionaires trying to buy political power.”