Dec 12, 2019

Mike Bloomberg makes local friends with his 2020 donations

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Mike Bloomberg will donate $10 million this week "to defend vulnerable Democratic House members against paid Republican attacks on their support for impeachment proceedings" in 2020, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: We're told Bloomberg sees House Democrats as a counterweight to President Trump — the reason he was the biggest outside individual spender on Democrats during the 2018 midterms.

  • Bloomberg is also giving $5 million to Stacey Abrams' voter-protection efforts.

Between the lines: The most likely path for Bloomberg depends on a brokered convention, where superdelegates — political insiders — would be vital.

  • So it's smart of him to use his biggest advantage — unlimited wealth — to curry favor with elected officials.
  • And his spending on state and local caucuses gives his presidential candidacy a rationale beyond himself.

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Mike Bloomberg is hardly a Democratic Party darling, but one of his former campaign managers believes he's still a smart bet to win its presidential nomination. Dan digs in with Bradley Tusk, venture capitalist, philanthropist, political strategist and the campaign manager for Bloomberg's successful 2009 mayoral re-election.

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Michael Bloomberg in "outstanding health," according to doctor

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Michael Bloomberg's annual physical exam found that he is in "outstanding health," according to a letter from Bloomberg's doctor released by his campaign Thursday.

Why it matters: Bloomberg, 77, is the second-oldest contender for the Democratic nomination behind the 78-year-old Sen. Bernie Sanders, who suffered a heart attack in October. Age and mental acuity have risen to the forefront of campaign issues in a race dominated by septuagenarians.

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Bloomberg will pay staff to support whoever becomes Democratic nominee

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Mike Bloomberg will pay for the nearly 500 staffers on his presidential campaign to continue working through November to support whoever wins the 2020 Democratic nomination, even if it's not him, NBC News reports.

Why it matters: The former New York mayor is focused on getting President Trump out of the White House, and his vast operation — focused beyond the traditional early states — could provide a strong foundation in key battleground states, like North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

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