Written by Alison Fitzgerald
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg dished $2.7 million into a single California congressional race, buying television ads to help State Sen. Gloria Negrete McLeod unseat Democratic Congressman Joe Baca one week before the election.
The influx of cash swamps the amount of money either candidate has raised or spent so far in the race for the newly drawn San Bernardino-area district that has pit two Democrats against each other.
Baca, an eight-term incumbent, has raised $946,526 so far this year. McLeod has taken in only $298,802, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington-based group that tracks money in politics.
“From her support of a bill requiring gun owners to report lost or stolen firearms to her strong pro-immigration, pro-environmental record, Rep. Negrete McLeod has shown herself to be a tireless advocate for common-sense reform,” said Stefan Friedman, a spokesman for Bloomberg’s super-PAC, Independence USA.
Bloomberg on Oct. 18 announced that he would spend as much as $15 million to help moderate candidates get elected to Congress and support state ballot measures to legalize same-sex marriage.
Bloomberg also spent $2 million in support of former Orlando, Florida, police chief Val Demings’ effort to unseat Republican Congressman Daniel Webster.
Webster responded on his Web site with a blog post that read, “NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to buy my seat in Congress.”
Bloomberg, majority owner of Bloomberg LP, parent company of Bloomberg News, also wrote an editorial endorsement of President Barack Obama’s re-election today.