Michael Bloomberg

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Michael Bloomberg
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Michael Bloomberg is a former New York City mayor.

School board activity

See also: Los Angeles Unified School District elections (2013)

California: Bloomberg contributed $1 million in 2013 to the Coalition for School Reform in the Los Angeles Unified School District school board election. The Coalition for School Reform supported a slate of three candidates in the general election on May 21, 2013. The organization's campaign manager stated that its goals included supporting district Superintendent John Deasy, reforming teacher evaluations and creating new charter schools.[1] Two of the three candidates supported by the Coalition for School Reform won their election.[2] Parents and Teachers for Putting Students First, a Super PAC affiliated with Michelle Rhee's StudentsFirst national education reform advocacy organization, contributed $250,000 to the Coalition for School Reform as well.[3]

Ballot measure activity

See also: 2014 ballot measures

Nevada: Bloomberg's Everytown for Gun Safety is associated with proponents of the Nevada Background Checks for Gun Purchases Initiative (2014).[4]

Recall activity

See also: 2013 Colorado recalls

Colorado: In 2013, Bloomberg donated a total of $350,000 in support of Colorado State Sens. John Morse (D) and Angela Giron (D). The pair faced recall over their support of controversial gun control legislation passed in the Colorado State Senate. Morse and Giron were both ultimately defeated and replaced by Republicans. Bloomberg did not donate directly to the campaigns, instead doing it through a group called Taxpayers for Responsible Democracy. Another group he is affiliated with, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, backed the gun control legislation in the legislature.[5][6]

Redistricting activity

See also: California Proposition 11, Creation of the California Citizens Redistricting Commission (2008)

California: In 2008, Bloomberg campaigned for and donated $250,000 in support of the passage of Proposition 11 in California. The proposition authorized the creation of the California Citizens Redistricting Commission. Some accused Bloomberg of hypocrisy because he also was campaigning to extend the term limit of the Governor of New York to three consecutive terms at the time. Bloomberg defended these actions by arguing that both actions were about increasing choice for voters, including allowing them to reelected an incumbent.[7]

Energy policy activity

See also: Energy policy in New York and Energy policy in the United States

New York and U.S. Policy: When it comes to energy policy Bloomberg has pushed to decrease carbon emissions, increase New York City's sustainability and is supportive of shale gas drilling, so long as more stringent regulations are put into place. While mayor of New York City Bloomberg announced PlaNYC 2030, an initiative that would reduce the city's carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030. The plan encapsulates Bloomerberg's belief that cities are leading when it comes to climate change. Under this plan New York City would become "the first environmentally sustainable 21st-century city." In 2007, Bloomberg spoke in favor of charging a fee to those releasing greenhouse gas pollution. In 2014, Bloomberg coauthored an op-ed in the New York Times with Fred Krupp, about shale gas, or natural gas derived from shale rock using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Bloomberg argued that a data-driven approach to fracking (called shale gas drilling by Bloomberg) could allow cities access to the benefits (jobs, lower energy costs, energy security) of increased natural gas usage, while better managing the risks (air and water pollution). In the article Bloomberg praises Colorado for their recent moves to control methane emissions from fracking and encourages the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to work with states to implement these rules in other states.[8][9][10]

On The Issues Vote Match

Mike Bloomberg's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Bloomberg is a Moderate Liberal. Bloomberg received a score of 65 percent on social issues and 33 percent on economic issues.[11]

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The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[12]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Favors Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Opposes Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Opposes
Support & expand free trade Strongly Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Unknown
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Favors Never legalize marijuana Opposes
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[11]


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