Liberal mega-donor may run for Calif. governor: report

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A liberal mega-donor with an estimated worth of more than $1.5 billion is weighing a run for California governor, according to a new report.

Tom Steyer, a San Francisco hedge fund manager and major climate change activist, may run for the office in 2018, Politico said Thursday.


Steyer is one of the left’s biggest donors, reportedly contributing more than $140 million over the 2014 and 2016 election cycles.

The billionaire’s NextGen Climate group, meanwhile, has raised his profile across California with a series of television ads. Steyer personally appeared in several of the commercials, which came after he briefly teased a Senate run that never materialized.

Steyer is one of three wealthy liberal donors eyeing a governor’s post in 2018, according to the report.

John Morgan, a well-known Florida attorney, is reportedly considering a bid in the swing state. Morgan put out a preliminary policy platform in November, Politico said, and spent much of last year pushing a successful medical marijuana ballot initiative there.

J.B. Pritzker, a Chicago private equity and venture capitalism veteran with an estimated worth of more than $3 billion, is reportedly considering an Illinois gubernatorial run in 2018. Pritzker is heir to the Hyatt hotel fortune.

Democrats are debating their party’s future following President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE’s shocking White House win. The ranks of Democratic governors were hard hit this election cycle, with a string of losses reducing their numbers to 16 nationwide.

None of the three liberal mega-donors is expected to formally launch a gubernatorial campaign anytime soon, according to Politico.

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