What we consider in issuing endorsements: First and foremost, a candidate’s actions — not simply repeating the phrase “Green New Deal” in a stump speech. Have you organized or spoken out at a youth climate march? Do you have experience in the renewable energy industry? Are you a state legislator who has written climate/clean energy bills and looking to level up? We also look at viability, although we will back longshots 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 in Congress.
We like primaries and we like winning primaries. In 2018 we won 6 out of 8 primaries in which we endorsed — a better track record than any of the larger groups whose endorsement records were compiled by FiveThirtyEight. And in 2020 we endorsed in 6 races each in House and Senate, and our candidates won 5 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 and can’t endorse in state/local races. We do network with others on the lookout for climate hawks who can think globally and lead locally.