In 2001, he outspent his Democratic opponent by 5 to 1, doling out $75 million of his own fortune.
In 2008, he changed the rules to run for a third-term, persuading the city council that the danger to democracy was outweighed by his urban leadership.
In 2009, he’s spending $35,000 an hour, even though he holds a double-digit lead over Democratic city comptroller Bill Thompson in recent polls.
“How badly does Michael Bloomberg want a third term as mayor of New York?” crows NBC New York. “The billionaire is spending $35,000 an hour out of his own pocket.”
Michael Bloomberg may spend $100 million during his campaign, already the most expensive self-financed bid in US history. The multi-billionaire owns 88 percent of Bloomberg, L.P., and is reportedly the richest man in New York City, with a net worth exceeding $17 billion.
Bloomberg is handily expected to win reelection. Comptroller Thompson has struggled to find his footing, overwhelmed by a sea of Bloomberg campaign ads. His “message has been drowned out by Bloomberg’s barrage of advertising,” NBC notes. “Polls show Bloomberg leading by 15 to 18 points.”
How’s New York responding to the news of Bloomberg’s profligate spending? Fifty percent of those who responded to the NBC report online said they were “bored.”
Spending his own money hasn’t been the only kindling for critics’ ire.
Earlier this year, Bloomberg took heat for videos produced by the city that demonstrated the ability of Americans in other states to buy unlicensed guns.
The videos showed violations of gun laws in Ohio, Tennessee and Nevada in a sting operation he authorized that cost city taxpayers $1.5 million and came weeks before his bid for re-election.
Bloomberg, who is the nominee of both the Republican and Independent Parties, hyped the sting on the liberal blog Huffington Post, hours before the videos were publicly available. Bloomberg said on the site that he authorized the investigation because the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms reports that “89% of guns used in crimes in New York City last year originated out of state.”
Ted Cruz ‘just pumped nonsensical disinformation into American air waves’: former FBI special agent
During his turn to question Inspector General Michael Horowitz today, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) didn't really ask many questions, and instead chose to use his time to rant about what he believes are the corrupt origins of the investigation into Russia's alleged collusion with the Trump campaign.
In a tweet, MSNBC's Clint Watts wrote that Cruz "just pumped several minutes of nonsensical disinformation into American air waves."
Watch Cruz's rant in the video below:
Stunning shift as Amy Klobuchar ‘tones things down’ after Ted Cruz rants about ‘Beavis and Butt-Head’ at IG hearing
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) loudly and angrily bashed the Federal Bureau of Investigation during his time to speak during Wednesday's hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Cruz ended his speech with two cultural references from the last century, citing fictional spy Jason Bourne who was first introduced by novelist Robert Ludlum in 1980 and Mike Judge's characters Beavis and Butt-head from the TV show of the same name that debuted in 1993.
"This wasn't Jason Bourne, this was Beavis and Butt-head," Cruz argued.
Cruz was followed by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), who quickly shifted away from such a style of interrogation.
Indicted Giuliani henchmen tried to broker Ukrainian gas deal at Trump’s DC hotel: report
Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, the two associates of Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani who were indicted on election fraud charges earlier this year, reportedly tried to broker a major deal with the CEO of Ukraine’s state-owned natural gas company at President Donald Trump's flagship hotel in Washington D.C.
Vice reports that the two men pitched Naftogaz CEO Andriy Kobolyev on a deal to export natural gas from the United States to Ukraine at the Trump International Hotel in Washington shortly after former American ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch was recalled after being targeted with a smear campaign.