Did Bloomberg Buy Endorsements?

According to a New York Times report, Michael Bloomberg increased his personal donations to various causes to the tune of $3.3 billion in 2019. Bloomberg, who is worth over $60 billion, donated more last year than he did in the previous five years combined.  The Washington Examiner looked through these donations and reported that of the $3.3 billion, $350 million went to 200 cities through various charities.

One such city is Ithaca, NY whose Mayor, Svante Myrick, endorsed Bloomberg for president. When the issue was brought up that his city had received $100,000 from Bloomberg, he stated that he had not made the connection. Myrick said, “Maybe I should be thinking about: if I endorse Bloomberg, Bloomberg Philanthropies will give us more money.”

Interestingly, the Washington Examiner report also shows that the Bloomberg campaign is possibly aligning campaign events in locations where Bloomberg’s Philanthropies have made considerable contributions.

Bloomberg spokesman Stu Loeser said that the donations were made “with no expectations of anything in return.” Still, if an amateur movie scriptwriter, maybe a man named Adam Schiff, were to be given the facts of who received money from Bloomberg and lined them up with the list of people who just happened to endorse Bloomberg, he would be able to create a believable story where this appears to be case of a billionaire buying support. It might even come across as a “quid pro quo.”

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