What do we consider before we endorse a candidate?
First and foremost: a candidate’s actions (repeating the phrase “Green New Deal” in a stump speech doesn’t count). Have they helped organize a youth climate march? Do they have experience in renewable energy? Are they working at the state or local level to pass climate-friendly bills and looking to level up?
In primaries, we won’t endorse without a survey out to local climate hawks that demonstrates grassroots consensus on a candidate’s climate action credentials.
We also look at viability, although we will back long-shots when we find a compelling reason to do so. We do not endorse mediocre Democrats, no matter how vehemently a Republican opponent may deny climate science. We only endorse when we are convinced that the candidate will commit to strong climate action.
And our endorsements pay off. In 2018, we won 75 percent of the primaries where we endorsed – a better track record than any of the larger groups whose endorsement records were compiled by FiveThirtyEight. In 2020, we endorsed in six races each in the House and Senate, and our candidates won five in each chamber – a win record of 87 percent.
Climate Hawks Vote does not accept contributions from fossil fuel corporations, executives, or lobbyists. We are a federal Super PAC, which means that we are an independent expenditure committee. We do network with others to look out for climate hawks who can think globally and lead locally.
Cheri Beasley gets it. She knows we must tackle the climate crisis, and must address the disproportionate impacts on vulnerable communities.
America's families need a Climate Congress, and unlike Sen. Ron Johnson, Mandela Barnes has a strong record of taking the climate crisis seriously.
Casar for the win! Help send this climate hawk and primary-election winner to Congress in the brand new, deep-blue, 35th District
Sean Casten is a respected scientist, clean energy entrepreneur, and author -- Help us send Congress' fiercest climate hawk back to Congress.
We beat a blue dog who takes fossil fuel money, now let's elect a climate hawk champion to Congress!
Send a Bernie Sanders-endorsed Green Mountain climate hawk to Congress
Gabe Vasquez is running in a very swingy Republican-held district. The kind we need to win in order to hold the house, and advance bold climate action.
Marie Gluesenkamp Perez
Marie is a working class mom who runs an auto repair shop. She’s pro-green jobs, pro-infrastructure, and pro-choice.
Hillary Scholten is a sane, female, Democrat. Her opponent is a Trump-endorsed extremist
Andy Levin is a long time climate hawk and we endorsed him in his primary. Sadly, Andy lost his primary in the summer of 2022.
Longstanding climate hawk and fossil fuel fighter who took on a corporate Dem. Sadly, Doyle lost her primary in the summer of 2022.
Cisneros is a Green New Deal champion who took on Texas' dirtiest Democrat. Sadly, she lost a runoff primary election in the summer of 2022.