Who Is Tom Steyer, the Billionaire Surprise of the 2020 Democratic Campaign?

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Who Is Tom Steyer, the Billionaire Surprise of the 2020 Democratic Campaign?

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Because the once crowded subject of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates keeps getting smaller, one sudden identify endures..

Billionaire Tom Steyer has stored his campaign operating into 2020, even lately polling excessive enough in two states to earn a spot in this week’s Democratic main debate alongside the four front-runners: Former Vice President Joe Biden, former Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Steyer, 62, and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar are the underdog candidates who managed to make the minimize for Tuesday’s Democratic debate in Des Moines, Iowa, by securing donations from at the least 225,000 donors and earning sufficient proportion points in early nominating state political polls.

(Different candidates with greater identify recognition pale extra shortly, reminiscent of Sens. Cory Booker and Kamala Harris.)

“This campaign has a fair bit of momentum right now,” Steyer stated just lately whereas campaigning in New Hampshire, based on the Los Angeles Times.

Steyer, who's value an estimated $1.6 billion, according to Forbes, largely from his earlier funding profession, has spent more on television advertisements for his campaign than all the other Democratic presidential candidates combined, outdoors of fellow billionaire and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg.

Steyer has also funded an aggressive marketing campaign to boost help for impeaching President Donald Trump.

CNN political reporter David Wright reported Thursday that Steyer has spent $116.5 million on TV advertisements up to now. For comparability, Sanders and Buttigieg have each spent about $11 million, while Biden and Warren spent about $three million.

Such lavish spending has opened up both Steyer and Bloomberg to criticisms they're looking for to primarily purchase voters’ help. Steyer, separately, has faced scrutiny over his lack of political qualifications — the concept his 2020 candidacy is merely a hobby-like extension of his impeachment marketing campaign towards Trump.

And whereas Steyer has polled moderately nicely in some early states and continues to seem at the debates (in contrast to Bloomberg), he isn't yet resonating extra extensively, even together with his monetary power.

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Steyer made political noise in recent times by constantly calling for Trump’s impeachment all through his presidency, even before Steyer announced his own candidacy final July. (Trump was impeached in December by the House over his Ukraine scandal.)

Trump has dismissed the Democratic long-shot, in true Trump trend, as a “weirdo.”

“Weirdo Tom Steyer doesn’t have the ‘guts’ or cash to run for President,” Trump tweeted in March.

Along with his 2020 marketing campaign, Steyer has funded political groups such as the anti-Trump Have to Impeach and the progressive advocacy group NextGen America.

He made a lot of his fortune as a hedge fund supervisor, founding the investment firm Farallon Capital in the mid-1980s.

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Fox News reported Thursday that one poll in South Carolina showed Steyer in second behind Biden, at 15 %.

Regardless of his excessive wealth, Steyer has criticized company affect on politics, building his campaign round a promise to, in his words, push power back to Americans.

“We have now a society that’s actually unequal,” he stated in a video announcing his campaign last yr. “It’s really necessary for individuals to know that this society is related. If this can be a banana republic with a number of very, very wealthy individuals and everyone else dwelling in misery, that’s a failure.”