28 Sep 2010

Imagining a Self Funded Bloomberg Campaign

Brent Budowsky at The Hill, one of my favorite columnists, took a look at what a potentially self funded independent presidential run by Michael Bloomberg might look like, and what Obama could do to stem the growing demand for such new options.

Imagine the candidacy of a self-made billionaire CEO who built and ran a globally admired business, successfully manages the largest city government in the world and can tell voters that he is unbought and unbossed by campaign donors, lobbyist influence or partisan politics.

I think it would be a better idea for him to only take small donations, but otherwise go self funded, take zero PAC money, cap individual contributions at maybe 500 bucks, and not allow any bundling. Its not like too many people are going to fork over a whole lot for a guy who could pay for the whole thing himself, so its a win win situation for him… he looks unbuyable by special interests, as well as by bundlers and the wealthy.

I’ve said this several times… but I think this talk of Bloomberg in 2012 just isn’t going to come to fruition. I think its much more likely that he’ll finish his term in New York City, continue networking and getting his name out around the country, work to help build a budding network of organizations fighting for centrist causes and give a go in 2016. This could all change if Obama truly tanks in the next year or so, but I find that unlikely.

I do agree with Budrowsky here though:

The nation is ready for leaders who rise above petty politics, who can run a business and manage a government without being bought, bossed, owned or rented by any interest or party.

It couldn’t come soon enough.

Read more at The Hill…

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4 thoughts on “Imagining a Self Funded Bloomberg Campaign”

    1. This whole idea of a spoiler campaign is B.S. from the get go in my opinion… the question is whether or not he’d have a decent chance of winning. I don’t think he would unless Obama REALLY tanks in the next year. He’d need to take significant chunks of both parties, and command the center, to win… he can pull that off with Hillary and most Republicans I see as possible candidates in 2016 I think… although Chris Christie looks like a juggernaut if he actually was able to make it through the primary.

      I positively slobber over a Clinton, Bloomberg, Christie 2016 race. That would be amazing.

  1. While I admire Bloomberg's centrism – especially his eloquent defense of religious freedom on Governor's Island this summer – he has earned the nickname "Emperor Bloomberg" by a majority of New Yorkers, including some who vote for him. His overturning of term limits still feels narcissistic to many here, as does the dismissive attitude with which he approaches the press and local activists. He's also maddeningly uncharismatic.

    For a centrist, especially an independent one, to succeed nationally, he'll have to be great orator, a proven public administrator/legislator, and a sympathetic leader. Many centrists have had 1 or 2 of those 3 qualities and still fallen short. Bloomberg is perceived as closer to a savvy business executive than a "good man speaking well," and that, in my opinion, will prevent him from calling the WH home.

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