Running a city is not enough for Mayor Bloomberg.
The billionaire businessman, philanthropist and issues advocate announced plans Wednesday to expand his influence in local, state and national politics by plowing more than $10 million into a new super PAC that aims to influence elections across the country over the next few weeks.
“It’s unprecedented for an outgoing three-term mayor to do this,” said Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics.
Bloomberg’s initial $10 million to $15 million investment is a relatively small one in the world of big-money super PACs, but Sabato predicted that Wednesday’s announcement is just a start for the mayor.
“I can’t imagine he’ll stop there,” Sabato said. “He’ll have to keep up with the Joneses. Mayor Bloomberg isn’t going to want to just be a garden-variety billionaire.”
Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson, a former top political aide to Hillary Clinton, will take a leave of absence from city government to lead the effort.
He said Bloomberg will support candidates who are moderate, independent and willing to work across political lines.
“The mayor thinks Washington is broken,” Wolfson said. “It’s paralyzed by partisanship. We need to elect people who can cross party lines to get things done.”
The mayor plans to focus on gun control, gay marriage and education policy, he said.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
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