WASHINGTON – Sen. Mark Udall revived a joint political action committee (PAC) with three other Senate Democratic candidates to help raise funds for politicians in the 2014 election who are running on a strong environmental platform.
Udall reorganized Green Senate 2014 with the help of Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Rep. Gary Peters of Michigan and Bruce Braley of Iowa, all of whom face a difficult campaign this year.
The quartet raised $212,002 for the joint PAC in the first quarter of this year, according to Federal Election Commission records filed with the Senate Office of Public Records.
Among the contributors were Hume Steyer, the older brother of billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer, and Chris Hughes, publisher of The New Republic magazine.
The Colorado senator also contributed $40,300 from his PAC to his own campaign, Udall for Colorado.
Separately, Udall and the other members of Green Senate 2014 joined forces with Democratic Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada to create stopthekochbrothers.com, a website for Act Blue, a liberal fundraising organization, that seeks to counter the donations from Charles and David Koch.
Green Senate 2014 is not a new organization. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio joined three Senate Democratic candidates – then. Rep. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Gov. Tim Kaine of Virginia, and Rep. Chris Murphy of Connecticut – to form Green Senate in 2012, according to FEC records. Baldwin, Kaine, and Murphy won their races.