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Greens Steamed Over Steyer Hosting Hillary Fundraiser

By    |   Thursday, 07 May 2015 04:47 PM

Environmentalist billionaire Tom Steyer, a vocal opponent of the Keystone XL pipeline – and any Democrats who support it – hosted a $2,700-per-person fundraiser for Hillary Clinton at his San Francisco home, riling some green activists, Politico reports.

Though Clinton has avoided public comment while the Obama administration weighs the fate of the pipeline, as secretary of state, she presided over studies that said the pipeline would pose few environmental risks – and even said in 2010 the administration was "inclined" to support it.

"I am not surprised that he would want to get on-board the Clinton train, but I'm disappointed he did so apparently without obtaining any commitments from her on issues like Keystone," San Francisco lawyer Guy Saperstein, past president of the Sierra Club Foundation and Clinton critic, tells Politico. "If I'm wrong about that, Tom can correct me."

Politico reports, citing unnamed Steyer aides, that Clinton has won his support with her stance on climate change; the aides say Steyer's opposition to the pipeline stems from his fear it'd worsen carbon pollution.

The Center for Biological Diversity, an environmental group, organized a rally outside Steyer's mansion during Wednesday's fundraiser, however.

"Keystone is one of the issues that would help people understand where she's coming from on climate more precisely," Peter Galvin, the center's director of programs, tells Politico.

Added Karthik Ganapathy, spokesman for the climate activist group 350.org: "When she starts articulating her policy agenda, we're going to be looking for more than just Keystone."

Bold Nebraska founder Jane Kleeb, whose group was deeply involved in efforts to stall the pipeline, tells Politico Keystone is merely "the first step" on issues Clinton needs to weigh in on.

"It is not enough to say you believe climate change exists, we want to know what [Secretary] Clinton is going to do about it," she told Politico in an email.

After leaving the 105-person fundraiser at Steyer's home, which could raise as much as $280,000, Clinton was scheduled to attend a second fundraiser at The Century Club hosted by Esprit clothing line co-founder Susie Tompkins Buell, another anti-Keystone environmentalist, Politico reports.

That event was expected to draw 220 people and could raise as much as $590,000, it reported.

According to Politico, Steyer's support for Clinton is no surprise: he backed her 2008 bid for the White House and has worked with the Clintons on child advocacy issues. His staff also has ties to the Clintons, including Ann O'Leary, who headed the children and families program at the Steyer-backed group Next Generation before joining Clinton's campaign team last month.

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