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Bloomberg ready to spend at least $100M if he runs for White House in 2020

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is prepared to spend upwards of $100 million should he mount a 2020 bid for the White House, according to CNBC

Howard Wolfson, the billionaire business magnate’s top political advisor, told the news outlet that Bloomberg spent more than $100 million in his last campaign for New York City mayor in 2009. 

“Last time I looked, NYC is a fraction of the size of the country as a whole,” Wolfson said in an email to the outlet.

{mosads} Wolfson added that Bloomberg would spend “whatever is required” on his own campaign if he decides to make a run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. 

A spokesperson for Bloomberg did not immediately respond to The Hill’s request for comment.

If Bloomberg does throw his name into the running, he would begin his campaign with a significant cash advantage over other potential Democratic frontrunners, like former Vice President Joe Biden or Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). 

The former New York City mayor has already developed a reputation as a major donor in Democratic circles. He spent more than $110 million to boost Democratic candidates in the 2018 midterm elections. 

Despite Bloomberg’s vast financial resources, he’s likely to have to overcome a crowded Democratic primary field that could include high-profile political figures, like Biden and Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), whose unsuccessful Senate bid against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) this year elevated him to rockstar status in the party.

At the same time, early polls show Biden, Sanders and O’Rourke among the frontrunners in the Democratic primary field. A CNN poll conducted earlier this month showed Bloomberg tied for seventh place alongside Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.).

Tags 2020 presidential election Amy Klobuchar Bernie Sanders Beto O'Rourke Beto O'Rourke Democratic primary Elizabeth Warren Joe Biden Joe Biden Michael Bloomberg Ted Cruz

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