Renewable energy group launches down-ballot nonprofit

Source: By ALEX ISENSTADT, Politico • Posted: Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Windmills at the new wind farm in Urk, The Netherlands on June 21. | Getty

A new player has entered the 2016 campaign: The renewable energy industry.

American Wind Action, a newly-formed 501(c)(4) nonprofit group that’s devoted to advocating for wind energy, is launching on Tuesday with ambitious plans to spend over $1 million in congressional and state legislative races across the country. It plans to invest in TV and digital ads.

The organization has yet to specify which races it intends to play in, but it plans to support Republicans and Democrats in 2016 who are willing to help its agenda.

“American Wind Action will help inform and educate the public on the many benefits that wind energy brings to our nation and to communities across America,” the group said in a statement.