While Democrats are outraged about the Koch brothers spending $30 million so far on campaigns, Tom Steyer pledges $100 million to back Democrats on Global Warming
Those donations from Koch Industries Inc. Political Action Committee, or KochPAC, include nearly $200,000 to Democratic candidates and committees as recently as 2010 — including a $30,000 donation to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. . . .
But Reid’s fellow Democrats collected KochPAC money as recently as 2012.
Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas took $10,000 from KochPAC in 2012. Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana has taken $55,000 in Koch money since the 2000 cycle. Former Senate Democrats Max Baucus, Blanche Lincoln and Ben Nelson took Koch cash in 2010. And Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York got $1,000 in the same year.
Since 2000, KochPAC has given more than $1.4 million to Democratic candidates, leadership PACs and party committees, according to numbers compiled by Congressional Quarterly’s Moneyline.
The DSCC even asked the Kochs to donate in 2011 . . .Harry Reid and others don't seem to ever bother to mention the money that the Steyer brothers, Michael Bloomberg or George Soros are spending to support Democrats. Just one of the Steyer brothers alone is planning on spending $100 million.
Steyer, a former hedge fund manager turned environmental activist, made waves when he announced in February that he would funnel at least $100 million to make climate change the top issue in the 2014 midterms – a sum that includes $50 million of his own money and $50 million from donors. . . .Steyer spent almost $8 million in the 2013 Virginia gubernatorial race. If Tom Steyer is going to be consistent, he isn't going to be able to support some of the Democrats in tough races.
Twenty-eight Democrats and two left-leaning Independents, including Senate majority leader Harry Reid of Nevada and his top lieutenants, are scheduled to speak in shifts until about 9 a.m. Tuesday. The event is not a filibuster, nor is it related to any legislation. The intent is to urge a divided Congress and nation to “wake up” on this issue. Some notable Democrats, however, are no-shows: Mark Begich of Alaska, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, and Mark Pryor of Arkansas. . . .But that was six days ago. In the last day or so, it appears that Kay Hagan's position may be somewhat confused. From the Washington Examiner:
Sen. Kay Hagan took to the Senate floor Thursday to call for congressional action on climate change.
"This is a pressing problem that needs to be addressed and too often gets pushed to the backburner," the North Carolina Democrat said.
The overture was of note because Hagan is in a tight re-election contest in a red-leaning state. She and other Democrats in a similar situation were absent from an all-night climate event involving more than two dozen Democrats speaking on the Senate floor earlier this week.
"This current path is unsustainable, and we must take steps now to slow and stop the effects of climate change," Hagan said. "This is a challenge that will need to be addressed from many different directions." . . .Tom Steyer won't be spend money against Democrats, even those who oppose his position on climate change.
Begich is a top energy Democrat, who sides with his Republican colleague from Alaska, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, more often than his party on energy issues. (His support for the Keystone XL pipeline is one example.) Still, AFP wants Begich ousted along with other vulnerable Democrats.Of course, Bloomberg has given $2.5 million to Harry Reid's Senate Majority PAC, but Reid isn't going to give back his money.
Steyer, for his part, won't back Begich — but he won't hurt him either.
According to Lehane, the same goes for the vulnerable pro-energy Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu (La.), who has come out in favor of Keystone XL, crude oil exports, and offshore energy revenue sharing. . . .