Michael Bloomberg 2020 presidential campaign

Michael Bloomberg 2020 presidential campaign
Mike Bloomberg 2020 presidential campaign logo.svg
Campaign2020 United States presidential election (Democratic primaries)
Candidate
AffiliationDemocratic Party
EC formedNovember 21, 2019
AnnouncedNovember 24, 2019[1]
SuspendedMarch 4, 2020[2]
Headquarters229 West 43rd Street (8th floor), New York City[3]
Key peopleKevin Sheekeycampaign manager
Kelly Mehlenbacher – deputy COO[4]
Advisors:
Howard Wolfson
Jason Schecter
ReceiptsUS$1,119,411,494.07[5][6] (12/31/2019)
SloganRebuild America
Fighting for our future
A new choice for Democrats
Mike Will Get It Done
I Like Mike
Website
www.mikebloomberg.com

The 2020 presidential campaign of Michael Bloomberg, a businessman and former mayor of New York City, began when he filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission for the office of President of the United States as a member of the Democratic Party on November 21, 2019.[7] His principal campaign committee was called "Mike Bloomberg 2020, Inc."[8] The campaign officially launched on November 24, 2019, in Virginia, later than most other candidates for the Democratic nomination.[9]

Prior to launching his campaign, Bloomberg has been vocal in encouraging the Democratic Party to field a candidate with the best chance of defeating incumbent President Donald Trump. His political positions include gun control, climate change prevention, and city innovation. Bloomberg opted not to compete in the early states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, instead beginning his campaign with the Super Tuesday states. He financed his campaign personally and refused donations. He spent over five hundred million dollars of his own money on his campaign, one of the greatest single campaign expenditures in American history.[10] His campaign heavily relied on advertising, including the use of nationally aired television ads, social media influencers, and billboards in high-visibility locations.

Bloomberg dropped out of the race on March 4, 2020, after winning only the territory of American Samoa on Super Tuesday while missing the 15% threshold for proportional delegates in several states.[2] He subsequently endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden for the nomination, and announced an effort to use his campaign infrastructure to support Biden's primary bid and the eventual nominee.[11] His lack of success among voters was attributed to poor debate performances, his former approval of stop-and-frisk in New York City and allegations of a sexist working environment at his company, Bloomberg LP.[12]

  1. ^ Peoples, Steve (November 24, 2019). "Michael Bloomberg launches Democratic presidential bid". AP News. Retrieved November 25, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Sheth, Eliza Relman, Sonam. "Mike Bloomberg drops out of the 2020 presidential race". Business Insider. Retrieved March 4, 2020.
  3. ^ Cadelago, Chris (December 30, 2019). "Bloomberg campaign moves headquarters to Times Square". Politico. Retrieved December 30, 2019.
  4. ^ Calder, Rich (November 28, 2019). "Michael Bloomberg swipes top staffer from Kamala Harris' presidential campaign".
  5. ^ "MIKE BLOOMBERG 2020, INC. - committee overview".
  6. ^ "Form 3P for Mike Bloomberg 2020, Inc". docquery.fec.gov.
  7. ^ "Campaign 2020: Bloomberg Files Campaign Paperwork, No Word Yet On Run For White House". WLNY. Associated Press. November 21, 2019. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  8. ^ Cite error: The named reference FECSoC was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  9. ^ Burns, Alexander (November 24, 2019). "Michael Bloomberg Joins 2020 Democratic Field for President". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved November 24, 2019.
  10. ^ Cite error: The named reference foxbusiness was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  11. ^ "Michael Bloomberg Plans New Entity to Boost Biden and Defeat Trump". March 5, 2020 – via www.bloomberg.com.
  12. ^ Greenfield, Jeff. "What Bloomberg Got Wrong". POLITICO.

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