Being one of the richest men in the world certainly has its benefits — especially if you’re running for president.
Former New York mayor and Democrat 2020 hopeful Mike Bloomberg is facing allegations that he’s trying to “buy” California’s Super Tuesday primary after it was revealed that he will be paying more than 500 Californians as much as $2,500 each month to “promote” him on social media, according to the Daily Caller.
California is looming
If you are going to win a primary race, you’re going to have to do well in California. And now that Joe Biden’s former status as frontrunner has collapsed, it looks like the Golden State is up for grabs.
Many think Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will come out on top on Super Tuesday, a prospect that has left establishment Democrats in a panic, worried that Sanders is too progressive to beat President Donald Trump this fall.
But while Biden nor any of the other candidates have the war chest to do much about Sanders’ success, Michael Bloomberg does — and, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the former mayor is willing to use it to his advantage.
“Bloomberg’s campaign is hiring more than 500 so-called deputy digital organizers to promote Bloomberg to everyone they know on social media,” the Daily Caller reported, citing the Journal. “The deputies must work 20 to 30 hours a week to receive $2,500 a month in compensation, according to TheWSJ.”
According to Bloomberg’s campaign, this is all part of a strategy to meet voters wherever they are.
“We are meeting voters everywhere on any platform that they consume their news,” a Bloomberg spokesperson told the Journal. “One of the most effective ways of reaching voters is by activating their friends and network to encourage them to support Mike for president.”
Buying the election?
It remains unclear if Bloomberg’s costly strategy will pay off. The former mayor has ignored the first four primary states, including the upcoming battles in Nevada and South Carolina, to concentrate on Super Tuesday, when Dems in more than a dozen states will vote on their preferred nominee to take on Trump, according to Ballotpedia.
Still, Bloomberg is getting a little help from the Democratic Party, which changed debate rules to allow Bloomberg to participate on Wednesday.
Indeed, this is a man with a history of making racist comments and exhibiting egregious behavior toward women, yet the Dems are so terrified of Trump they are just going right along with it — at least for now.
Will he get away with buying the election, too? Only time will tell.