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Michael Bloomberg: His Policies, His Record & His Election Spending Spree

Mike Bloomberg addresses the crowd in California-he did not attend the event in Orlando. Photo: Flickr Creative Commons

  On this edition of Your Call, we continue our series on presidential candidates' records and policies by talking about multi-billionaire businessman and former mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg. 

According to the ad-tracking firm Advertising Analytics, Bloomberg, who is self-funding his campaign, has spent more than $464 million on ads since entering the Democratic presidential race last November. No presidential candidate candidate in US history has spent so much money so quickly. Why is Bloomberg running and what do you want to know about him?


David Dayen, executive editor of The American Prospect

Blake Zeff, independent  journalist and documentary filmmaker

Dave Levinthal, editor-at-large at the Center for Public integrity

Web Resources:

The New Republic, David Dayen: Michael Bloomberg and the Dangers of ‘Any Blue Will Do’ Politics

The Center for Public Integrity, Dave Levinthal: Will liberals stomach nominating a billionaire they like enough to defeat a billionaire they loathe?

Twitter, Blake Zeff: Mike Bloomberg’s playbook

NY Times, Alexander Burns and Nicholas Kulish: Bloomberg’s Billions: How the Candidate Built an Empire of Influence

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.