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$375,000 salaries, furnished housing and a lot of sushi: Inside Bloomberg’s spending spree
Politico ^ | 01/31/2020 07:02 PM EST | SALLY GOLDENBERG and CHRISTOPHER CADELAGO

Posted on 01/31/2020 5:37:24 PM PST by conservative98

A record-shattering tab for TV ads, $12 million for a self-created tech firm to rival Donald Trump’s digital operation and nearly $250,000 on swank office furniture for his sprawling Manhattan headquarters — that was just a fraction of Mike Bloomberg’s budget for the first five weeks of his young, self-funded presidential campaign.

Bloomberg’s top two campaign lieutenants, chair Patti Harris and manager Kevin Sheekey, are on track to earn annual salaries of $375,000, according to a campaign aide. And that doesn’t account for the vintage Bloomberg staff bonuses, which totaled $1.5 million the year of his 2005 mayoral race alone.

High-level consultants including adviser Howard Wolfson, meanwhile, received checks to their firms totaling between $200,000 and 300,000, according to the campaign finance disclosure covering Bloomberg’s first weeks in the 2020 race, which was filed Friday. Mitch Stewart, a former Obama field guru, received $50,000 to his firm.

The staggering sums demonstrate the trademark lavish spending that has characterized Bloomberg’s late-in-life political career: a virtually bottomless wallet that fills in when campaign customs don’t appeal to him. The former New York City mayor’s determination that the traditional Iowa-centric presidential primary calendar doesn’t suit him simply wouldn't work for another candidate. But it's perfectly compatible with Bloomberg's reality — when that reality includes $140 million spent on TV and digital ads, $3.3 million on polling alone, and nearly $1 million to crisscross the country in pursuit of delegates in Super Tuesday states other candidates can’t yet afford to focus on.

Bloomberg now has more than 1,000 people on his campaign payroll. Those employees got iPhone 11s and MacBooks and were put up in furnished Manhattan apartments if they relocated.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: bloomberg; campaignfinance; mccainfeingold

1 posted on 01/31/2020 5:37:25 PM PST by conservative98
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2 posted on 01/31/2020 5:37:43 PM PST by conservative98
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I sure am glad McCain (R-Hell) got the Money out of Politics.


3 posted on 01/31/2020 5:39:20 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (Democracy, two Wolves and one Sheep deciding what's for Dinner.)
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Bloomberg is Queer!


4 posted on 01/31/2020 5:41:21 PM PST by EnglishOnly (eWFight all out to win OR get out now. .)
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I wonder if he’s looking for rural Kentucky staff? I’m available.


5 posted on 01/31/2020 5:41:27 PM PST by hardspunned
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You’re in luck.


“Our first month’s filing represents a down payment and commitment in all 50 states to defeat Donald Trump, and it shows we have the resources and plan necessary to take him on,” Sheekey, the campaign manager, said in a prepared statement.


6 posted on 01/31/2020 5:43:21 PM PST by conservative98
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“...McCain (R-Hell)...”

Best laugh of the day! Thanks!!


7 posted on 01/31/2020 5:44:14 PM PST by carriage_hill (A society grows great when old men plant trees, in whose shade they know they will never sit.)
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Boosting Trump’s economic miracle.


8 posted on 01/31/2020 5:46:15 PM PST by samtheman (Trump Campaign Ad (hopefully): Look at Virginia. Look at NY. What Democrats do.)
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To: Kickass Conservative

https://twitter.com/redtowel4/status/1223414696453267456?s=21

Some democrats aren’t happy about Bloomberg buying into the debate.


9 posted on 01/31/2020 5:47:14 PM PST by hardspunned
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If you pay far above market isn’t that a campaign finance violation?


10 posted on 01/31/2020 5:49:02 PM PST by Brilliant
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If you pay far above market isn’t that a campaign finance violation?


11 posted on 01/31/2020 5:56:37 PM PST by Brilliant
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Little Michael can spray all the perfume on himself he can buy; but it won’t do the Democrats any good. He’s a loser and they are losers. End of story.


12 posted on 01/31/2020 6:40:22 PM PST by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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Guess the woke are ok with this billionaire.


13 posted on 01/31/2020 7:50:11 PM PST by bray (Pray for President Trump)
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He can afford everything but a wedding ring.


14 posted on 02/01/2020 6:35:47 AM PST by Buttons12
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