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On Wednesday, Bloomberg sent a personal letter to more than 1,000 New York-area campaign donors, urging them not to give to the four Democrats — Sens. Max BaucusMax Sieben BaucusTop Lobbyists 2017: Hired Guns GOP tries to keep spotlight on taxes amid Mueller charges Clinton-Sanders tensions linger for Democrats MORE (Mont.), Mark BegichMark Peter BegichPerez creates advisory team for DNC transition The future of the Arctic 2016’s battle for the Senate: A shifting map MORE (Alaska), Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampNorth Dakota rep: Trump wants me to run for Senate No room for amnesty in our government spending bill Trump bank nominee gets rough reception at confirmation hearing MORE (N.D.) and Mark PryorMark PryorMedicaid rollback looms for GOP senators in 2020 Cotton pitches anti-Democrat message to SC delegation Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm MORE (Ark.) — who voted against the upper chamber's bipartisan background check bill.

Last month, Bloomberg's gun control group made a $350,000 ad buy in Arkansas specifically targeting Pryor over his "no" vote. The group has also aired ads critical of Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeGOP rushes to cut ties to Moore Flake on Moore defenders: 'This cannot be who we are' GOP senators raise concerns over tax plan MORE (R-Ariz.), a potential swing vote who opted against supporting the bill.

Schumer, who formerly headed the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee — charged with getting Democrats elected to the Senate — said Bloomberg should try to instead co-opt the political power of the NRA. In the interview, he even provided a script for a commercial he believed would be more effective.

“Now I’m an NRA member. I’m proud of that,” Schumer said, in what the magazine described as a "country twang." “My daddy was, his daddy before him, and my kids are going to be NRA members. But on this one? Background checks? They’re wrong. That background check ain’t gonna affect me. I’m a law-abiding citizen. It’ll just affect felons, spousal abusers, people [who are] mentally ill. So on this one, I don’t agree with the NRA.”