Tom Steyer, the hedge fund manager turned environmental activist is the single biggest spender in American politics this year.READ MORE: 8 People Displaced by House Fire in San Lorenzo
By the time he’s done, Steyer will have spent more than $75 million on this year’s elections – much of it on ads, starring him, to mobilize millennials for progressive causes.
Steyer’s NextGen Climate has registered almost 750,000 new California voters this year.
Steyer tells KCBS this is about empowering a new generation, not raising his own profile.READ MORE: UPDATE: Estrada Fire Near Watsonville 60% Contained; All Evacuation Warnings Lifted
“Everything that we’re doing, I’m extremely proud of. Everything we’re doing stands on its own,” Steyer said.
His moves suggest Steyer will run for Governor in 2018, although he tells KCBS he’s not ready to make that decision.
“Until November 8th, there’s no reason to do anything but what we’re doing. We’ve set up these programs, and we want to finish strong, and we want to make sure that we accomplish what we set out to do, and that we feel good about it,” Steyer said.MORE NEWS: Hayward Woman Killed in Horrific Brentwood Crash
Steyer’s progressive activism is at odds with some of his past investments in tobacco companies and private prisons – rich fodder for his opponents if he does run.