Billionaire Democratic donor and environmentalist Tom Steyer will not run for any political office in 2018, instead outlining plans to sink tens of millions of dollars into an aggressive effort to flip the House majority to the Democrats.
He said that 2018 is going to be a fierce debate between "two radically different visions of America" and he wants to spend it by ensuring a "just, inclusive and prosperous America" and help Democrats take back control of the House next year.
"Donald Trump's election awoke a sleeping giant in our political discourse".
Many observers predicted that Steyer would run either for governor of California in 2018 or for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Dianne Feinstein (D), but in a Monday interview, Steyer said, "I'm not going to run for anything".
The $30 million will be used to mobilize young voters in 10 key states: Florida, Virginia, Wisconsin, Michigan, Nevada, California, Pennsylvania, Iowa, New Hampshire and Arizona, Steyer said. A resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, there had been speculation that he was considering a challenge to Dianne Feinstein for the U.S. Senate in California this year.More news: Trump postpones his 'fake news' awards
"He's running. He's been running", Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) told Politico in late 2016 during a conversation about Steyer's spending on voter registration efforts.
Since that time, he has spent millions of his own dollars on progressive causes, including a $20 million television advertising campaign in 2017 encouraging voters to sign on to a petition supporting the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
Steyer will not, however, require House candidates whom he supports to pass a "litmus test" supporting impeaching Trump, he said. "This tide will wash away the stain of the Trump administration".
The House impeaches, or brings formal charges against an official, in what would be the first step in removing Trump from office. Steyer and his wife, Kat, donated at least $91 million to federal races in 2016, putting them among the top donors in the country.
"We now know that the Oval Office can not reshape a man who does not believe in constitutional democracy", Steyer said.