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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 BaucusOPINION | On Trump-Russia probe, don’t underestimate Sen. Chuck Grassley Lawmakers: Leave advertising tax break alone GOP: FBI firing won't slow agenda MORE (Mont.), Mark BegichMark BegichPerez creates advisory team for DNC transition The future of the Arctic 2016’s battle for the Senate: A shifting map MORE (Alaska), Heidi HeitkampHeidi HeitkampRegulatory experts push Senate leaders for regulatory reform Why governors hold power in the battle for GOP healthcare votes Vulnerable senators raise big money ahead of 2018 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 FlakeJeff FlakeThe more complex the tax code, the more the wealthy benefit McCain returning to Senate in time for health vote Trump slams 'sad' Republicans who won't 'protect' him 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.”