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United States of America — Democratic PartyCandidate for President

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Tom Steyer

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Biography

Tom Steyer is committed to combating climate change, fixing our government, and, when elected president, putting people, and not corporations, in charge of our democracy. After starting and growing a successful investment firm, Tom stepped down in 2012 to focus his energy and resources to these causes. 

In 2013, he founded NextGen America, a nonprofit group that combats climate change, promotes social justice, and increases participation in our democracy through voter registration and grassroots organizing.

Across the country and in his home state of California, Tom has shown repeatedly that going directly to the people and raising their voices is the way to beat entrenched corporate interests and win fights for fairness. He helped beat Big Oil to protect California’s landmark clean-air laws and he followed that up with wins for clean energy in Michigan and Nevada. He helped close a massive corporate tax loophole to generate at least $1.7 billion for public schools. He helped beat big tobacco companies and forced them to pay their share of healthcare costs for the harm their products have caused.

Tom and his wife Kat Taylor have devoted countless hours of their time and donated tens of millions of dollars to charitable projects that advance education, renewable energy, clean air and water, healthy food, sustainable agriculture, self-sustaining communities and more.

Tom’s parents taught him that action always speaks louder than words. Their charitable foundation powered the creation of “California Food for California Kids,” a program that now serves more than 300 million healthy meals yearly to the state’s school kids using natural food from California farms. Another charitable project is Beneficial State Bank, which since 2007 has loaned money affordably to working people, small businesses and nonprofit community projects shut out by regular banks. Tom and Kat have given more than $120 million to building the bank, which reinvests any profits back into the communities it serves. Their support of the bank is ongoing.

Tom graduated from Yale and earned his MBA at Stanford. Working on Wall St. was not for him, so he moved to San Francisco in 1986 and started his own small investment firm. Backed by two seasoned investors, Tom started managing the new fund, which began with $9 million in investments. Over the years, Tom achieved double-digit returns for his investors — mostly universities, foundations and individuals. His success built the firm to $36 billion in investments at the fund’s peak.

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $270,702,506

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

1
Tom Steyer
$202,496,371
2
Employees of Hellman & Friedman
$33,600
3
Employees of Farallon Capital Management
$26,224
4
Employees of Pisces Inc
$8,400
5
Employees of Tom Steyer 2020
$5,969

More information about contributions

By State:

California 99.82%
New York 0.05%
Florida 0.02%
Massachusetts 0.01%
Other 0.10%
99.82%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.10%)
Small contributions (0.90%)
99.10%

By Type:

From organizations (0.00%)
From individuals (100.00%)
100.00%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

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