- The Washington Times - Friday, January 15, 2016

Billionaire businessman Tom Steyer has joined the Latino Victory Fund as an honorary co-chairman, the group announced Friday, marrying one of the liberal world’s most generous donors with the effort to sway elections through Hispanic recruitment.

Mr. Steyer, who made his money running a hedge fund, competes with fellow billionaire George Soros in funding liberal causes, and has been particularly prominent in boosting global warming activists.

In a statement announcing his move to join the LVF, Mr. Steyer said it was about trying to connect Hispanics to his climate agenda.

“The Latino community has a powerful history of standing up for climate action, and tying that work directly to the broader, human issues affecting families across this country,” he said. “Creating the political will for truly progressive policies requires a diverse coalition that includes Latino business, labor, and working families.”

The connection between the two movements highlights the kind of coalition-building and goal-sharing that is common among liberal organizations, which which often eludes conservative organizations who tend to be more territorial about their issues.

The Latino Victory Fund works to recruit candidates who embrace issues they say are important to Hispanic voters — chief among them legalizing illegal immigrants, but also the rest of the panoply of liberal issues such as raising the minimum wage and environmentalism.

Hispanics are hoping to demonstrate a major show of force in this year’s presidential election, and say they are prepared to try to punish GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump and the rest of the Republican field for overheated rhetoric.


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