By Tank Murdoch
(TNS) Mike Bloomberg, the multi-billionaire founder of the financial news network bearing his name, is a real piece of work.
Actually, he’s a piece of something else we can’t say here but are nonetheless certain readers know what we mean.
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You may have heard thatÂ this guy, former NYCÂ hizonner, just gifted the Democratic National Committee with $18 million.
Now mind you, we have campaign finance laws, so theÂ
crafty shady Bloomberg didn’t just write the DNC a check, oh no. He ‘transferred’ it from his now-defunct presidential campaign.
But wait…didn’t MikeyÂ self-finance his campaign? Why, yes…yes he did. So this really just seems like a flat-out illegal donation. So much so even the reliably Left-wing POLITICO had trouble buying it:
Mike Bloomberg is sending $18 million from his defunct presidential campaign to the Democratic National Committee, a dramatic investment in the national party that appears to push the boundaries of campaign finance law. Â …
Bloomberg would not be able to give the DNC such a massive sum of money as a regular donor. But presidential candidates are allowed to transfer unlimited amounts to their national party committee â€” though usually those candidates have raised the money from donors operating under campaign finance limits. Bloomberg self-funded his whole presidential campaign from his personal fortune.
And yet, he just did. ‘Push the boundaries’ indeed.
There’s more. When Bloomberg was putting together his campaign, he promised workers he’d retain themÂ through November.
Er, but, as POLITICO adds:
A press release accompanying the memo said that staff in six battleground states will be “employed and paid” through the first week in April and have “full benefits” through the end of that month.
Well, April’s not quite November, is it? Besides being out of a job they were promised, these same soon-to-be-ex-employees are also going to be sans health insuranceÂ right as the country deals with the coronavirus pandemic.
What a guy, this Bloomberg.
So Mike Bloomberg lied to all the campaign staff he hired. https://t.co/LCSlK4wE5J
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) March 20, 2020
Yes, pretty much.
So ordinarily, direct contributions to a party are limited, no? But candidate committees can make unlimited transfers to the national party.
But didn't Bloomberg self-fund his candidate committee? Isn't this just money laundering? https://t.co/xBGkK4E6B0
— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) March 20, 2020
Probably, or something closer to just a straight-up massively illegal contribution. Perhaps President Trump should call the Federal Election Commission and, say, put a bug in the commissioners’ ears.
Scoop: Bloomberg camp staffers in NYC HQ were notified late last night of a confirmed COVID-19 case in the office, potentially exposing several dozen ppl who were laid off Fri. & are set to lose insurance Mar. 31st
Said one: "This is not how you treat ppl" https://t.co/oXUXyvzrMC pic.twitter.com/84eQw3iAki
— Alex Thompson (@AlxThomp) March 20, 2020
Well, it’s howÂ MikeÂ BloombergÂ treats people.
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Bloomberg broke his promise for aides to be paid until November if they worked for him. "He's chopping his employees in a pandemic," one aide said. Another staffer said he was "blindsided" and that it was "f–king scary." https://t.co/7iINA7fI21
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) March 20, 2020
We’re pretty sure that’s not all these ex-employees said. We’re pretty sure they had some choice words for their former candidate/boss, too.
And speaking of that coronavirus pandemic…
Wow, $18M is a lot of PPE, ventilators, medicine, hospital bills. https://t.co/Al0GguYSyw
— AR-14 Lizzy (@StarChamberMaid) March 20, 2020
It sure would.
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