New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is planning to spend more than $10 million in the final weeks before Election Day to promote moderate candidates around the country.
Bloomberg announced the plan Wednesday. Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson, is taking a leave of absence from City Hall to head up the effort. Wolfson is a political veteran who worked on then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign in 2008,
The mayor says the effort is meant to help elect moderates and independents "who are willing to work across party lines to achieve real results."
The candidates benefitting from Bloomberg’s money include Angus King, an Independent running for U.S. Senate for Maine; Claire McCaskill, the incumbent Democratic Missouri senator; Scott Brown, the incumbent Republican Massachusetts senator; Christie Vilsack, a Democratic nominee for Iowa’s 4th congressional district; Robert Dold, the Republican incumbent from Illinois’ 10th congressional district and Gloria Negrete McLeod, a democratic running for California’s newly drawn 35th congressional district.
The billionaire mayor will pay for ads supporting candidates who agree with him on issues such as gun violence, education reform and gay marriage.
Bloomberg is a Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-independent.