Ex-New York City Mayor and short-lived Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg is making rival Pres. Donald Trump dig deep. As the billionaire media mogul looks to sink him in key swing state Florida.
Bloomberg had announced a huge spending blitz up to $100 million there. This move puts added pressure on the president. By forcing his campaign to spend big and shore up his position.
In addition the offensive apparently gives Democrat opponent Joe Biden freedom to spend elsewhere. A nice luxury when the contest is very close in several states. From Politico:
Bloomberg’s massive advertising and ground-game spending, which began roughly a month ago, has thrown Trump into a defensive crouch across the arc of Sunbelt states. As a result, the president‘s campaign has scaled back its TV ad buys in crucial Northern swing states like Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan — a vacuum being filled by a constellation of outside political groups backing Joe Biden.
Beyond that, pro-Biden Unite the Country super PAC leader Steve Schale claimed, “It’s forced the Trump campaign to retrench in Florida. You can see it in the spending habits, in television and digital. They’re investing more at the expense of places they need to win.”
Trump has been highly critical of Bloomberg during the 2020 presidential race. In referring to him as ‘Mini Mike’ and other insulting remarks. Bloomberg said to have spent more than $500 million on his own White House bid. With only the electoral votes of American Samoa to show for his effort.
The president is reportedly dealing with a major cash deficit. Biden dominating him as of late in fundraising. News reports indicate that Biden will most likely outspend Trump by a margin of 2:1 in the closing weeks.
Plus he should finish with funds in reserve. A critical edge here as both sides gear up for the legal war.
Bloomberg recently came under fire for reportedly helping raise enough funds to pay off state fines for more than 30,000 convicted felons in Florida.
A staggering amount that allegedly totals $16 million. Which in turn opens a door so they can vote in the upcoming election. Part of a push in the latest felon voting rights’ effort.
This action did not sit quite right with a number of state officials. GOP House Rep. Matt Gaetz of the Sunshine State’s 1st District fast declared foul play. On Tuesday he called for a formal investigation of Bloomberg on potential charges of election interference.
As a result, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody sent a letter to the FBI and Florida Department of Law Enforcement requesting a criminal investigation.
CBS 12 reports: “Moody’s letter references Florida’s statute against paying for votes, referencing a Florida Department of State finding that said ‘even an otherwise innocuous offering of an incentive simply to vote can run afoul’ of state election law.”
The Washington Post further told, “Bloomberg’s advisers identified that group as both likely to vote for Biden and more likely to vote than other groups of former felons.”
Bloomberg is locked in a fierce and long-running rivalry with President Donald Trump. The president has routinely roasted him on Twitter. The ex-big apple boss made a brief bid for 2020’s Democratic presidential nomination. He spent hundreds of millions on his campaign it was reported. And took away just one primary win in American Samoa.
President Trump chimed in with what he feels about Bloomberg’s actions as well, calling it a “criminal act” for helping to pay off debts Florida felons owed so that they can vote in the general election coming up in just over 40 days.
“It’s a felony,” Trump told Fox News Radio during an interview. “He’s actually giving money to people. He’s paying people to vote. He’s actually saying, ‘Here’s money, now you go ahead and vote for only Democrats.’ Right?”
Through the effort by Bloomberg, approximately $16 million was raised by leveraging a Democratic-associated nonprofit called the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, with the funds slotted to be used to pay outstanding court fines, restitution and other costs owed by the felons in the state of Florida, according to a Bloomberg spokesman.
The spokesman made it a point to express that the money didn’t come from Bloomberg personally.