In a divided democracy, Michael R. Bloomberg has emerged as a last-minute candidate with an unusual strategy. He looks forward to his record as mayor of New York, but the fate of the good he has done as a social worker has bettered him more than enabling him to run a national campaign. His promotion is a test of the degree to which a candidate can use his vast resources to push himself into the political system.
The New York Times has thoroughly reviewed its spending and found that Mr Bloomberg has given or spent over $ 1 billion in a combination of charitable and political donations. While much of this is important in the fields of public health and has largely gone to the apolitical end, the Times’ experiment has uncovered new ways to help a candidate build an impact network at scale, if rarely seen.
Last year was his biggest yet. That year, he announced a bid for the president.
Mr. Bloomberg paid $ 1.8 billion in 2012. This is the most he has given in a single year – more than in the past five years – and most of it has not been made public.
There is no public reporting requirement for its grant only on a family basis. His personal donations – money directly from his own checkbook – and donations made by his namesake company Bloomberg LP need not be publicly disclosed.
His charitable and political spending has increased tremendously since he took office as mayor of New York City at the end of the 20th. Since then he has created a national – and in some cases international – network of causes, candidates and organizations that he supports. .
The line between her charitable giving and her political edge may be blurred
Over and over again, Mr. Bloomberg’s political spending has followed the non-profit dollar and vice versa. In places like Washington State, he has provided a mix of philanthropic and campaign funding Various issues including gun control, carbon pricing, soda tax and gay marriage. In Colorado, his support for gun control and education management sprang up with a tuition program, a school-choice organization and huge charitable donations to Denver Public Schools.
His areas of concern are fairly consistent, including gun control, education reform, the environment, fine arts and public health, smoking cessation and soda taxes.
As a result, Mr Bloomberg creates a sense of good will in the places he wants to focus on, and as mayor, he can increase his profile by leaving the city of leadership for a dozen years.
Supporting and influencing people to win
Unlike his co-self-funded billionaire Tom Steyer, Mr Bloomberg has paved the way for a number of endorsements through his political and philanthropic activism.
He was supported by some Democratic politicians who benefited from his spending. Most of them are members of Congress from cities like Houston, San Francisco, San Jose and Washington, but most are mayors
Win or lose, Mr. Bloomberg is the Democrats’ most important donor
Mr. Bloomberg has given millions of dollars to congressional candidates, helping Democrats occupy the House in 20. But in spite of his immense political spending, he is a leading donor to many top left-wing priorities, including gun control and climate change. , Sierra Club and support agencies such as Planned Parenthood.
This has created a complex incentive for Democratic groups that are already working with Mr Bloomberg or hope to work with him in the future. Until now, most organizations and politicians who received Mr. Bloomberg’s money did not support his candidacy, but most of them acknowledged that he was deeply sensitive to his interests and had taken pains not to isolate him indiscriminately.
There is no indication that Bloomberg threatened or forced people to get his way. But many have described his $ 60 billion fortune as a powerful force that can make coercion unnecessary.
Mr. Bloomberg represented an experiment for the Democratic Party
Other candidates, such as Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, have accused Mr Bloomberg of trying to buy the party’s nomination. It’s still to be seen that his campaign spent $ 400 million self-funding and counting may not favor him like Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont or fellow former mayor of South Bend, Pete Buttigieg.
His campaign has already proven that many party stalwarts have criticized Mr Bloomberg’s support for stand-free policing, charter schools and big banks, as well as positions and statements that upset Democrats, including his past. Doubts about the #MeToo movement and untrue comments about women
Mr Bloomberg has said that whatever the Democratic nominee, he will use his luck to defeat President Trump in 2021. His promotion, however, indicated that he could spend more broadly if the team chose him.