New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (I), who spent upward of $9 million of his own money in the final 10 days of the 2012 campaign, is just getting started.
That last-minute spending in support of candidates who share his views on gun control and other issues provides a glimpse of the mayor’s likely political life after his third term concludes in 2013.
“This is just the beginning,” said Howard Wolfson, a top aide to Bloomberg who ran Independence USA, a super PAC through which Bloomberg doled out some of his fortune. “On issues like guns and education, Mike Bloomberg is poised to play an even bigger role in advancing a mainstream agenda and influencing elections.”
The remarks underscore the extent to which Bloomberg, already blessed with massive wealth and a national profile, appears determined to become a significant political force. The role could be alarming to conservatives who oppose Bloomberg’s brand of centrist government activism.