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In leaked emails, top advisor asks how Tom Steyer could help Hillary Clinton's campaign

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A team of advisors to Hillary Clinton debated how billionaire California environmentalist Tom Steyer could help the campaign without violating campaign finance laws, according to newly leaked emails. 

The exchange is part of a new batch of emails from the private account of Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta, obtained and posted on Thursday by WikiLeaks.

Steyer, who spent more than $74 million on congressional and gubernatorial campaigns in 2014, oversees the political action group NextGen Climate Action Committee. 

"Assume he can't host an event with her or one of us," wrote Podesta in an April 2015 email. "Correct?"

Campaign finance rules prohibit coordination between campaigns and outside groups that can spend unlimited sums in support of a candidate. 

"Not easily. If important to do so, let me know and we can come up with our best options (which may not be good)," wrote Marc Elias, a lawyer at the firm Perkins Coie, which serves as the campaign's general counsel.

Dennis Cheng, Clinton's national finance director, suggested Steyer host an event for Clinton, then focus on his group. 

In May 2015, Steyer did host a fundraiser in San Francisco for Clinton, separate from NextGen Climate Action.

Steyer's group has spent millions on ads in opposition to Donald Trump. Many of the ads, in both Spanish and English, urge young people to get out and vote. 

The San Francisco Democrat is considered by many to be a potential California gubernatorial candidate in 2018.

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