Biden Scores $45M Commitment From Steyer-Backed Youth Voter Group
NextGen America, founded by billionaire activist Tom Steyer, is putting $45 million behind its endorsement of the former vice president.
By Susan Milligan, Senior Politics Writer May 27, 2020, at 1:48 p.m.
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Biden Wins Backing of Key Youth Voter Group
COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 29: Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks on stage after declaring victory in the South Carolina presidential primary on February 29, 2020 in Columbia, South Carolina. South Carolina is the first-in-the-south primary and the fourth state in the presidential nominating process. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
“NextGen America is endorsing Biden because of the clear contrast between the former vice president and Donald Trump on climate, gun safety, education, the economy, and more,” the group said in a statement.(Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
A major youth voter mobilization group has endorsed presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden – and is prepared to put $45 million behind the effort to replace Donald Trump with the former vice president.
The endorsement by NextGen America, founded by former Democratic presidential contender and climate change activist Tom Steyer, is not unexpected, given the animus young voters as well as climate change activists have towards the sitting president. But the full-throated financial commitment is important for Biden, who struggled to gain support from younger voters during the primaries.
“NextGen America is endorsing Biden because of the clear contrast between the former vice president and Donald Trump on climate, gun safety, education, the economy, and more,” the group said in a statement. “While another four years of Trump would be catastrophic for human rights and the survival of the planet, Biden has a platform that will move the country forward and can be pushed further by young people. NextGen America has created a voter guide for young people to compare Trump and Biden issue by issue.”