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Tom Steyer writes big check to California Democratic Party

Billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer, right, speaks during a news conference with consumer advocate Jamie Court, left, president of Consumer Watchdog in Santa Monica, Calif. on Wednesday, Aug. 5.
Billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer, right, speaks during a news conference with consumer advocate Jamie Court, left, president of Consumer Watchdog in Santa Monica, Calif. on Wednesday, Aug. 5. AP

Tom Steyer, the billionaire environmentalist who may harbor aspirations for elective office, has cut a $250,000 check to the California Democratic Party.

Party officials said most of the contribution will go to fund a digital organizing tool for activists across the state to boost the number of registered voters, as well as engage existing voters and potentially increase Democratic turnout in 2016.

The party’s program, called Mobilize, Organize, Elect – like nearly every campaign data-driven venture in California – is powered by Political Data Inc. Steyer said the grassroots organizing effort will ensure the voice of the people is heard in November.

Though Steyer is not planning a ballot measure of his own, he’s been active in California and other states ahead of the fall election. Last week, the former hedge fund manager was named co-chairman of the Washington-based Latino Victory Fund.

And on Wednesday, he was scheduled to appear with fellow supporters of a $2-per-pack tobacco tax increase as they launch their signature-gathering efforts at C.K. McClatchy High School in Sacramento.

Christopher Cadelago: 916-326-5538, @ccadelago

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