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RNC creates 'Missed Connections' spoof of liberal environmentalist billionaire Tom Steyer's role in midterm elections

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Photo - The RNC created a fake "Missed Connections" Image to call attention to liberal environmentalist Tom Steyer's participation in the 2014 midterm elections.
The RNC created a fake "Missed Connections" Image to call attention to liberal environmentalist Tom Steyer's participation in the 2014 midterm elections.
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The Republican National Committee really wants people to know that Tom Steyer is spending money to help elect Democrats in November's midterm elections.

Their latest effort is a parody of a Craigslist-style "Missed Connections" post, accompanied by what an RNC spokesman describes as an intentionally poorly photoshopped picture of Steyer.

"Billionaire4Candidates" seeks Democrats willing to "do the math" and accept $100 million or more in exchange for "kill[ing] the Keystone Pipeline and completely abandon[ing] other significant job-creating projects."

Steyer, a billionaire climate change activist from San Francisco, pledged in April to donate $50 million of his own money to his PAC, NextGen Climate Action. He reportedly planned to seek out matching donations from like-minded friends to bring the total up to $100 million.

The RNC raised eyebrows Monday with a Buzzfeed Community post, "Hypocrisy on Steyeroids," that mocked Democrats for crusading against "dark money" while "rent[ing] the Senate floor out to their dark money billionaire benefactors."

The RNC was referring to a March "all-night session" Democrats held to sound the alarm on climate change.

Republicans are seeking to combat an extended effort by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to publicly tie the Koch brothers to GOP Senate candidates, as the Washington Post's Greg Sargent has written to considerable extent.

"I noted with interest the majority leader was hammering the Koch brothers again today," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the week of the all-night session. "I wondered why he left out billionaire Tom Steyer."

The RNC does not appear ready to allow Harry Reid to continue to leave out Steyer.

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