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AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Another out-of-state group is planning to pump money into the race for Governor. The prime issue motivating the group: climate change. Next Gen Climate, is funded by a California billionaire named Tom Steyer. According the group's website, Next Gen Climate is targeting seven republicans, including Governor LePage, for policies or votes that it says are contrary to efforts to fight climate change.

Next Gen Climate is currently advertising for staff members to work on a campaign in Maine. A spokesperson for the group would not say how much money it plans to spend in Maine, but made it clear the efforts of Next Gen Climate are to defeat Gov. LePage and elect Democrat Mike Michaud. Its entry into the race comes just days after the Maine Conservation Voters launched its own ad campaign against the Governor.

That group says climate and the environment are important issue to many voters. Maine Conservation's ad slams LePage for allegedly "gutting" the state's environmental laws, and for opposing efforts to crack down on toxic chemicals. Next Gen Climate says LePage has been bad for the environment, and accuses him of ignoring the scientific consensus on climate change.

But the LePage campaign says the Governor has "a strong record on the environment." Campaign spokesman Alex Willette says the conservation groups are wrong, and that LePage does believe climate change is happening. Willette also says the administration has supported the state's natural resource agencies, and imposed "the largest fine in two decades" on one violator.

The Next Gen Climate investment in Maine could be large. Published reports say the group will spend a total of $50 million on its campaign efforts nationwide this year, and NEWS CENTER Democratic analyst Ethan Strimling predicts it will be a large expenditure for Maine. That will follow several other major out-of-state donors who are spending large sums on the Maine race. The Democratic Governors Association and labor unions have said they will spend two million combined. Maine Conservation Voters are already spending $400,000, and there has also been a large expenditure from Planned Parenthood.

The Republican Governors Association has said it will spend several million dollars to re-elect Gov. LePage. Some other GOP groups are also expected to donate significantly to the campaign.

And Independent Eliot Cutler has also had a PAC raise and spend several hundred thousand dollars on his behalf.

Those monies come on top of what the campaigns themselves are raising and spending, and independent expenditures by the political parties.

Next Gen Climate is also targeting Scott Brown, running for the U.S. Senate in New Hampshire.

AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Another out-of-state group is planning to pump money into the race for Governor. The prime issue motivating the group: climate change. Next Gen Climate, is funded by a California billionaire named Tom Steyer. According the group's website, Next Gen Climate is targeting seven republicans, including Governor LePage, for policies or votes that it says are contrary to efforts to fight climate change.

Next Gen Climate is currently advertising for staff members to work on a campaign in Maine. A spokesperson for the group would not say how much money it plans to spend in Maine, but made it clear the efforts of Next Gen Climate are to defeat Gov. LePage and elect Democrat Mike Michaud. Its entry into the race comes just days after the Maine Conservation Voters launched its own ad campaign against the Governor.

That group says climate and the environment are important issue to many voters. Maine Conservation's ad slams LePage for allegedly "gutting" the state's environmental laws, and for opposing efforts to crack down on toxic chemicals. Next Gen Climate says LePage has been bad for the environment, and accuses him of ignoring the scientific consensus on climate change.

But the LePage campaign says the Governor has "a strong record on the environment." Campaign spokesman Alex Willette says the conservation groups are wrong, and that LePage does believe climate change is happening. Willette also says the administration has supported the state's natural resource agencies, and imposed "the largest fine in two decades" on one violator.

The Next Gen Climate investment in Maine could be large. Published reports say the group will spend a total of $50 million on its campaign efforts nationwide this year, and NEWS CENTER Democratic analyst Ethan Strimling predicts it will be a large expenditure for Maine. That will follow several other major out-of-state donors who are spending large sums on the Maine race. The Democratic Governors Association and labor unions have said they will spend two million combined. Maine Conservation Voters are already spending $400,000, and there has also been a large expenditure from Planned Parenthood.

The Republican Governors Association has said it will spend several million dollars to re-elect Gov. LePage. Some other GOP groups are also expected to donate significantly to the campaign.

And Independent Eliot Cutler has also had a PAC raise and spend several hundred thousand dollars on his behalf.

Those monies come on top of what the campaigns themselves are raising and spending, and independent expenditures by the political parties.

Next Gen Climate is also targeting Scott Brown, running for the U.S. Senate in New Hampshire.

AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Another out-of-state group is planning to pump money into the race for Governor. The prime issue motivating the group: climate change. Next Gen Climate, is funded by a California billionaire named Tom Steyer. According the group's website, Next Gen Climate is targeting seven republicans, including Governor LePage, for policies or votes that it says are contrary to efforts to fight climate change.

Next Gen Climate is currently advertising for staff members to work on a campaign in Maine. A spokesperson for the group would not say how much money it plans to spend in Maine, but made it clear the efforts of Next Gen Climate are to defeat Gov. LePage and elect Democrat Mike Michaud. Its entry into the race comes just days after the Maine Conservation Voters launched its own ad campaign against the Governor.

That group says climate and the environment are important issue to many voters. Maine Conservation's ad slams LePage for allegedly "gutting" the state's environmental laws, and for opposing efforts to crack down on toxic chemicals. Next Gen Climate says LePage has been bad for the environment, and accuses him of ignoring the scientific consensus on climate change.

But the LePage campaign says the Governor has "a strong record on the environment." Campaign spokesman Alex Willette says the conservation groups are wrong, and that LePage does believe climate change is happening. Willette also says the administration has supported the state's natural resource agencies, and imposed "the largest fine in two decades" on one violator.

The Next Gen Climate investment in Maine could be large. Published reports say the group will spend a total of $50 million on its campaign efforts nationwide this year, and NEWS CENTER Democratic analyst Ethan Strimling predicts it will be a large expenditure for Maine. That will follow several other major out-of-state donors who are spending large sums on the Maine race. The Democratic Governors Association and labor unions have said they will spend two million combined. Maine Conservation Voters are already spending $400,000, and there has also been a large expenditure from Planned Parenthood.

The Republican Governors Association has said it will spend several million dollars to re-elect Gov. LePage. Some other GOP groups are also expected to donate significantly to the campaign.

And Independent Eliot Cutler has also had a PAC raise and spend several hundred thousand dollars on his behalf.

Those monies come on top of what the campaigns themselves are raising and spending, and independent expenditures by the political parties.

Next Gen Climate is also targeting Scott Brown, running for the U.S. Senate in New Hampshire.

AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Another out-of-state group is planning to pump money into the race for Governor. The prime issue motivating the group: climate change. Next Gen Climate, is funded by a California billionaire named Tom Steyer. According the group's website, Next Gen Climate is targeting seven republicans, including Governor LePage, for policies or votes that it says are contrary to efforts to fight climate change.

Next Gen Climate is currently advertising for staff members to work on a campaign in Maine. A spokesperson for the group would not say how much money it plans to spend in Maine, but made it clear the efforts of Next Gen Climate are to defeat Gov. LePage and elect Democrat Mike Michaud. Its entry into the race comes just days after the Maine Conservation Voters launched its own ad campaign against the Governor.

That group says climate and the environment are important issue to many voters. Maine Conservation's ad slams LePage for allegedly "gutting" the state's environmental laws, and for opposing efforts to crack down on toxic chemicals. Next Gen Climate says LePage has been bad for the environment, and accuses him of ignoring the scientific consensus on climate change.

But the LePage campaign says the Governor has "a strong record on the environment." Campaign spokesman Alex Willette says the conservation groups are wrong, and that LePage does believe climate change is happening. Willette also says the administration has supported the state's natural resource agencies, and imposed "the largest fine in two decades" on one violator.

The Next Gen Climate investment in Maine could be large. Published reports say the group will spend a total of $50 million on its campaign efforts nationwide this year, and NEWS CENTER Democratic analyst Ethan Strimling predicts it will be a large expenditure for Maine. That will follow several other major out-of-state donors who are spending large sums on the Maine race. The Democratic Governors Association and labor unions have said they will spend two million combined. Maine Conservation Voters are already spending $400,000, and there has also been a large expenditure from Planned Parenthood.

The Republican Governors Association has said it will spend several million dollars to re-elect Gov. LePage. Some other GOP groups are also expected to donate significantly to the campaign.

And Independent Eliot Cutler has also had a PAC raise and spend several hundred thousand dollars on his behalf.

Those monies come on top of what the campaigns themselves are raising and spending, and independent expenditures by the political parties.

Next Gen Climate is also targeting Scott Brown, running for the U.S. Senate in New Hampshire.

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