Move over George Soros! Thomas F. Steyer has taken it upon himself to use his wealth to go on the attack. Steyer does not come close to the real answer to the "Koch brothers", George Soros, as the California hedge-fund executive's tactics are much more overt and sloppy.
Not a fan of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, the billionaire is using Pro-Pipeline Massachusetts Rep. Stephen F. Lynch as his "test case" to conduct all kinds of "theatrical" stunts to ensure the republican's loss in the primary on April 30. Lynch's opponent, Rep. Edward J. Markey, must be tickled pink; as Steyer has poured almost a half million dollars into his attack machine so far and shows no signs of slowing. Steyer is "determined to defeat candidates who he believes have not adequately confronted climate change," as reported by Michael Levenson of Boston.com. It is really a pathetic tactic. Bullying does not win hearts and minds; and hopefully these stunts will have no impact.
Thomas F. Steyer's nasty tactics include a plane circling Fenway Park, carrying a banner that declares "Steve Lynch for Oil Evil Empire." Hmm, does Steyer know that President Obama recently golfed with Halliburton Chair Milton Carroll and Jim Crane, "leading figures in the Texas oil and gas industry," closing out the press in the process?
Steyer is also bankrolling "trucks with video screens, and canvassers who plan to knock on 300,000 doors statewide." Will these tactics help Steyer win people over in his quest to defeat the pipeline, which he argues "will wed the United States to dirty oil and could contaminate ground water if it leaks," or will people roll their eyes at these over-the-top and costly stunts?
Additionally, the League of Conservation Voters has also poured money into the Massachusetts primary, spending over $545,000 to help elect Markey. They also purchased planes with banners, that said "Steve Lynch says: Go Habs! And Go Canadian Dirty Oil," and there is more: the Boston Herald reports that the NextGen Committee has spent more than $196,000 and SEIU shelled out more than $368,000. The amount of money spent on this primary is astounding.
Although he may strive to be "the left's answer to the Koch brothers," Steyer is no George Soros, who is conveniently forgotten when the left agonizes over the Koch brothers for "donating almost $7 million to universities while their beloved Soros gave more than 50 times that amount to the same type of groups." Steyer, who recently cohosted a fund-raiser for President Obama and spoke at the Democratic National Convention, may need to be a bit more subtle if he wants to compete.
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