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May 12, 2016

Collusion: Billionaire Tom Steyer Creates The Closest Partnership Yet Between The Environmentalist Left And Big Labor

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On Thursday, Politico reported billionaire Tom Steyer is teaming up with Big Labor bosses to elect a Democrat president and “build a liberal spending infrastructure well beyond” 2016.

This is not the first time wealthy liberals have teamed up to influence an election. In 2015 the Democracy Alliance, which includes Steyer and Big Labor, announced it would spend $150 million on – of all things – reducing “the influence of money in elections.”

Steyer – who says he opposes the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling – seems enthusiastic about contributing to the $50 million Super PAC effort:

“The partners in this effort are on the front lines of fighting for our future and I am glad to be creating this new initiative with them,” Steyer said in a statement.

Of course, a closer look at the history between Big Labor and Steyer – a former fossil fuel investor – reveals that unions have been courting the billionaire for a long time.

A June 2015 Politico report found “Big Labor … is now hoping to raise huge checks for its 2016 efforts from billionarires like George Soros and Tom Steyer.”

In August 2015, Steyer formed an income inequality commission in California that met throughout the state, “including one [meeting] at the Service Employees International Union offices in L.A.”

Unsurprisingly, Big Labor has consistently returned the favor. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees – one member of the new Super PAC alliance – donated $100,000 to Steyer’s NextGen Climate in 2014.

It is unknown whether any of the billionaire Steyer’s new ties with Big Labor have to do with his own “long harbored political ambitions,” with the 2018 California governor’s race right around the corner.