Former New York City Mayor and Democratic President nominee Mike Bloomberg will spend at least $ 100 million to help Joe Biden in Florida to counter Donald Trump’s infusion of personal money.
“Voting begins in Florida on September 24th, so the need to get real capital into this state quickly is urgently needed,” Bloomberg advisor Kevin Sheekey told the Washington Post.
“Mike believes that investing in Florida can leverage campaign resources and other democratic resources in other states, particularly Pennsylvania.”
Earlier this week, ahead of a rally in North Carolina, another swing state, Trump told reporters he could spend his own money on his campaign. The president has been overtaken by Joe Biden amid reports of cuts that Trump has labeled fake news.
“If I have to, I will,” said Trump. “Whatever it takes, we have to win.”
Florida has 29 votes for the electoral college, which are vital to a close race. No Republican has won the White House since 1924 without him. George W. Bush, the last two-term Republican president, won Florida against Al Gore in 2000 after repeated recounts and with the intervention of the US Supreme Court.
In 2016, Trump beat Hillary Clinton in Florida by 1.2%. The state is close again, the average values bring Biden forward, but not much more.
Bloomberg aims to encourage early voting to counter Trump’s unsubstantiated claims that such a vote is prone to fraud, and fears that on election day the president could use any uncertainty about the outcome to try to gain power stay.
Hawkfish, a Bloomberg-funded technology company, made a splash earlier this month when it described a so-called “red mirage,” meaning an obvious election day victory for Trump that would go away after likely delays when all votes were counted through Coronavirus precautions aggravated.
“We’re sounding the alarm and saying this is a very real possibility that election night data will show an incredible victory for Donald Trump,” Hawkfish CEO Josh Mendelsohn told Axios on HBO.
“If every legitimate vote is counted and we get to that last day, which will be a few days after election day, it will actually show that what happened on election night was just that, a mirage. It looked like Donald Trump was in the lead and he basically wasn’t when every ballot is counted. “
Bloomberg adviser Howard Wolfson told the Post that a strong early voting for Biden in Florida “would lie to Trump-expected election night that Democrats are stealing the election because Florida, unlike other battlefield states, counts its postal vote at or after election Day. We think Florida is incredibly close, but winnable. “
Bloomberg, a media billionaire who has 17 times the money Trump has, believed to have spent more than $ 1 billion on his failed Democratic nomination bid. However, such spending seemed to get under Trump’s skin.
The former Republican and Independent endorsed Biden and spoke at the Democratic Congress. He’s also used his money to support groups like Everytown for Gun Safety, Fair Fight, and Swing Left.
In May, Abe Rakov, a veteran Democratic agent, told the Guardian Bloomberg, “He was one of the biggest Democratic contributors before he ran, and he’s still behind. There are many organizations and programs across the country that would be in really bad shape if he did decide to break up after his run. “
The Post reported that an unnamed Democratic adviser said large sums of money would be needed to effectively advertise in Florida, where such purchases are expensive.
“If you have additional resources, you can consolidate your constituents and then communicate with those who are still on the fence for whatever reason,” said Val Demings, Florida representative.
“One hundred million can do just that.”