Bloomberg to spend big in next three weeks
October 17th, 2012
05:08 PM ET
10 years ago

Bloomberg to spend big in next three weeks

(CNN) - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Wednesday the launch of an "independent spending campaign" that will aid moderate candidates in both parties during the next three weeks.

"It's critically important that we have elected officials in Washington, Albany, and around the nation who are willing to work across party lines to achieve real results," Bloomberg said in a statement on his website.

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Known as an independent, the three-term mayor will spend eight figures on the campaign, billed as an effort to back candidates who "have shown a willingness to work in a bi-partisan fashion." Howard Wolfson, a close Bloomberg adviser and former aide to then-Sen. Hillary Clinton, will lead the campaign.

The expenditure represents Bloomberg's largest move yet to influence national races. The effort will focus on candidates who want to crack down on illegal guns–an issue on which Bloomberg is highly vocal–and who advocate education reform policies.

Bloomberg will also make contributions to marriage equality referenda, the statement read.

The mayor served his first two terms as a registered Republican, but ran for a third term as an independent. He has not endorsed a presidential candidate this cycle.

Records with the Federal Election Commission show Bloomberg has already donated this year to Democratic Congressional candidate Valdez Val Demings in Florida, Democratic Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island, Democratic Senate candidate Richard Carmona of Arizona, and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. LacrosseMom

    I am a registered Independent, voted for Bush.... gag........ and now I am a proud supporter of President Obama!

    We can not afford the failed policies of the GOP!


    October 17, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  2. ronb

    Thanks mayor. BUT, good luck trying to find a moderate republican to spend your money on! Why don't you just man up and say you're going to support democrats!?

    October 17, 2012 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  3. Sue

    I have enormous respect for Mayor Bloomberg to seek and support politicians who are willing to reach across the aisle to get things done in this country! It's about time that someone brings this to the forefront and tries to do something about it. It's been way too long since we've seen any attempt at any reconciliation between the parties on any issue. As a former republican, who voted for Obama in 2008, I am proud that I did so. After listening to the ugly rhetoric and outright falsehoods, I would be humiliated to say I was a part of the GOP, and know with every part of my being, that I will never vote republican again after seeing what I've witnessed this election cycle.

    October 17, 2012 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    What is he going to spend the money on? There are many different things that could be helpful. Is it going to be food to a food pantry? We need money out of politics.

    October 17, 2012 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  5. Thomas

    I'm sorry you voted for GW Bush LacrosseMom , The good news is you never have too ever again.

    Romney = GW Bush .

    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Wednesday the launch of an "independent spending campaign" that will aid moderate candidates in both parties during the next three weeks.

    Good for Bloomberg , he's the only sane Republican who stands up against the NRA and Grover " The Punk" Norquist.

    Id vote for Bloomberg in 2016, only if The Morning Joe guy isn't his VP. The morning Joe guy is a little too arrogant , All style and no soul !

    October 18, 2012 02:41 am at 2:41 am |