Since that time, he has spent millions of his own dollars on progressive causes, including a $20 million television advertising campaign in 2017 encouraging voters to sign on to a petition supporting the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
"The most important task for me, the task which I feel called to do is organizing ... and mobilizing America's voters". Late past year, Steyer spent millions of dollars to run an ad arguing for Trump's impeachment, and started a petition that has garnered over 4 million signatures. It claims it will be the largest youth vote effort in USA history. "That's not where I can make the biggest difference", Steyer said at a news conference in Washington.
The news is a blow to Republicans, who hoped to use the push for impeachment to drive a wedge between wary incumbent Democratic lawmakers and the party's more liberal base.
Steyer said he now aims to expand the impeachment campaign into a vehicle for "an unprecedented engagement effort" with young American voters in order to help bring about a wave election in November that ousts dozens of Republicans from office.
Steyer's investment is an extension of the work his nonprofit, NextGen America, has done organizing on college campuses and online since 2014.
"I look forward to his continued activism in the months ahead as we campaign to take back both chambers of Congress to protect the nation from the risky Trump agenda", she said. He'll also pour money into holding vulnerable Democratic Senate seats, and electing Democratic governors.
"This tide will wash away the stain of the Trump administration, and it will not recede until America lives up to its founding creed, until we guarantee equal treatment, dignity and respect to every American", Steyer said.
Steyer's first expenditure will be sending copies of Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury book to each member of Congress, he said.
The talk show host's powerful speech at the Golden Globes awards ceremony on Sunday night set off speculation about a possible campaign challenging Trump in 2020 ― CNN reported that Winfrey was "actively thinking" about jumping into the race.