Tags: Bloomberg | New | York | NRA

Bloomberg Expands Election Focus - and Fight With NRA

Thursday, 28 Feb 2013 11:40 AM

By Cyrus Afzali

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Image: Bloomberg Expands Election Focus - and Fight With NRA
(AP Photo)
Seeking to increase his influence on national elections, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was hard at work this week raising his profile and counting his accomplishments, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The mayor scored a coup in Chicago, where an anti-gun candidate he backed with $2.5 million in donations won a special Democratic primary Tuesday for the congressional seat formerly held by Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

On Wednesday, he was also in Washington at the White House to discuss the potential for new gun control laws with Vice President Joe Biden.

Bloomberg, a billionaire and political independent, has a long history of aggressively promoting issues in which he believes, beginning with anti-smoking, obesity, and gun control efforts.

According to the Journal, he also is expected to announce Thursday that he is donating $100 million to an effort to eradicate polio.

In addition, the Journal said Bloomberg has spent $1 million to help elect a slate of candidates to the Los Angeles Board of Education who share his views on education matters.

Bloomberg’s election efforts have been helped by his Independence USA PAC, which was created last October and has spent more than $12 million so far to support candidates and initiatives that favor same-sex marriage, gun control, and education reform.

Of the 60 contests Bloomberg was involved in last year, ranging from U.S. Senate races to the New Orleans school board elections, he came out on the winning side in 43 of them, the Journal noted.

But it’s his focus at the moment on gun issues that’s drawing most of the attention from his critics, especially the National Rifle Association, which accuses him, as NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam told the Journal, of using his money to “create a false sense of momentum” on new gun control proposals.

The NRA points out that while he may have helped Robin Kelly in her Chicago race to fill Jackson’s seat, things may get tougher for him in more conservative areas of the country where people feel strongly about protecting their Second Amendment right to bear arms.

But to his supporters, Bloomberg’s willingness to spend money pushing gun-control efforts around the country could help counter the strong influence the NRA still holds on many lawmakers.

Asked if his efforts in the Chicago race could be considered a harbinger of things to come in the gun fight, Bloomberg said Wednesday after his meeting with Biden, “I think so.”


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Obama's Campaign Efforts Worry Democrats

Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 07:23 AM

While some Democratic senatorial candidates are distancing themselves from President Obama, worried that his support on  . . .

Desperate Democrats Drafting Hillary Clinton to Boost Races Ahead of 2016

Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 06:47 AM

Hillary Clinton is used to being introduced as the next US president. But lacking any pre-2016 announcement, the Democ . . .

Charlie Crist: 'Worth It' if Jobs Lost Over Min. Wage Hike

Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 06:30 AM

Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist, in Tuesday's debate with Republican Gov. Rick Scott, said "it . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved