A former ThinkProgress writer took to Twitter to condemn billionaire Democratic presidential candidate Tom SteyerTom SteyerBloomberg wages war on COVID-19, but will he abandon his war on coal? Overnight Energy: 600K clean energy jobs lost during pandemic, report finds | Democrats target diseases spread by wildlife | Energy Dept. to buy 1M barrels of oil Ocasio-Cortez, Schiff team up to boost youth voter turnout MORE after receiving a job notice for his campaign following news that the liberal news site is shutting down.
Rebekah Entralgo, a writer who covered immigration policy and detention at ThinkProgress, said she received a LinkedIn message that attempted to recruit her after the activist group the Center for American Progress (CAP) said it could not find a new publisher for the site.
“Sorry to learn about ThinkProgress,” the message said in a screenshot Entralgo posted. “Tom Steyer 2020 is hiring for digital and comms roles — we do pay a relocation fee…”
Steyer (a CAP board member whose 2020 run could have funded TP for a decade as @ryanlcooper pointed out) is now trying to capitalize off of the site’s demise. You truly cannot make this stuff up pic.twitter.com/r5dJAhJUVJ
— rebekah entralgo fernández (@rebekahentralgo) September 6, 2019
Steyer, a progressive philanthropist who is among the leading advocates for impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE, made a late entrance into the crowded Democratic primary field in July after earlier saying he would not be running. He has failed to gain much traction in polling, failing to make the cut for next week’s third 2020 debates.
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A spokesman for Steyer’s campaign defended the outreach, saying it was just one colleague trying to help another.
“The sentiment was there,” the spokesman said.
—Updated at 5:55 p.m.