Nov 25, 2019

Former Facebook executive to run Mike Bloomberg's digital campaign

Michael Bloomberg. Photo: Scott Eisen/Getty Images

Former Facebook chief marketing officer Gary Briggs is joining Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg's campaign as digital director, he announced in a new job update post on the social media site Sunday.

The big picture: The former New York City mayor and billionaire officially entered the 2020 race on Sunday. On Friday, Bloomberg announced a $31 million TV ad campaign in several key primary states, per NBC News, which cited Advertising Analytics. "His campaign is expected to do the same on digital," notes Vox's Recode, which first reported Briggs' move.

  • "Briggs will oversee a digital program that will likely shatter records for the rate at which it spends money in presidential politics," Recode notes.

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Trump campaign to blacklist Bloomberg News

Trump at a rally in Florida on Nov. 26. Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

President Trump's 2020 campaign announced Monday it will no longer allow reporters from Bloomberg News to obtain credentials to cover Trump campaign events.

The big picture: Campaign manager Brad Parscale described the decision to ban Bloomberg reporters as a reaction to Bloomberg News' announcement that it would no longer do investigative journalism on Democratic 2020 candidates, following the entry of the media outlet's owner, Mike Bloomberg, into the presidential race.

Go deeperArrowDec 2, 2019

Mike Bloomberg officially announces presidential run

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Billionaire and former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg officially announced on Sunday that he's running for president as a Democrat.

"I’m running for president to defeat Donald Trump and rebuild America. We cannot afford four more years of President Trump’s reckless and unethical actions. He represents an existential threat to our country and our values. If he wins another term in office, we may never recover from the damage. The stakes could not be higher. We must win this election. And we must begin rebuilding America. I believe my unique set of experiences in business, government, and philanthropy will enable me to win and lead."
— Mike Bloomberg
Go deeperArrowNov 24, 2019

Mike Bloomberg: Bloomberg News employees "just have to learn to live with" 2020 policy

Mike Bloomberg told "CBS This Morning" Friday that Bloomberg News' editorial staff will "just have to learn to live with" the organization's decision to extend its policy of not investigating him — as its owner — to all Democrats running for president in 2020.

The big picture: The decision has garnered criticism from both Bloomberg News' staff as well as President Trump, whose campaign said it won't credential Bloomberg News reporters due to "unfair reporting practices."

Go deeperArrowDec 6, 2019