E&E News discusses the rise of the green super PACs.
Conservative outside groups spent nearly a year airing ads in Michigan attacking Democratic Sen. Gary Peters and boosting his main Republican rival, John James. The attacks went virtually unanswered. Then the cavalry arrived. A trio of so-called super political action committees, or super PACs, tied to major national environmental groups launched a $1 million ad buy in April touting Peters’ green record. It was a sign of what would unfold in the following months as environmentalists became some of the biggest spenders in U.S. politics.
So far this cycle, four major green super PACs — the LCV Victory Fund; EDF Action Votes, affiliated with the Environmental Defense Fund; Sierra Club Independent Action; and NRDC Action Votes, affiliated with the Natural Resources Defense Council — have made nearly $9 million in independent expenditures. NextGen Climate Action Committee (Steyer); Sunrise Movement;