WASHINGTON – Democratic activist Tom Steyer's $30 million effort to mobilize young voters and flip control of the House will carry a "big presence" in Florida, an organizer tells the Tampa Bay Times.
"As of now we have 6 full time staff and 51 stipend student fellows — but we plan to announce program specifics at a later date," Florida spokeswoman Olivia Bercow said.
NextGen America on Monday announced what it says will be "the largest youth organizing program in American history" across Florida and nine other states: Virginia, Wisconsin, Michigan, Nevada, California, Pennsylvania, Iowa, New Hampshire and Arizona.
"Today, we're putting Donald Trump and the entire GOP on notice. Young voters are energized like never before, and have the power make the difference in 2018," Steyer said.
If Democrats can take control of the House, liberals will push to impeach Trump.
Steyer's initiative aims to contact more than 500,000 young voters; register 250,000 "through face to face conversations, online and through the mail"; develop and train 2,000 volunteer leaders on campuses and in communities, and hire 200 full time organizing staff and train 500 student fellows on more than 300 campuses.
"In 2017, from Virginia to Alabama, we saw young voters turn out in droves for progressive candidates up and down the ballot. NextGen America is building off that momentum to elect candidates that will fight for a progressive vision of the future. This year, young voters will be the largest eligible voting bloc in the country — and together, we'll make history," said Heather Hargreaves, executive director of NextGen America.
Steyer has spent tens of millions before, notably around climate change messaging. He's also plowing millions into another effort to impeach Trump.