School board activity
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. Two of the three candidates supported by the Coalition for School Reform won their election. 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.
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).
- 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.
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 re-elected an incumbent.
Energy policy activity
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.
On The Issues Vote Match
- 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.
The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.
|On The Issues Vote Quiz|
|Economic Issues||Social Issues|
|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. If you notice the rating has changed, email us.|
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- Los Angeles Unified School District elections (2013)
- 2014 ballot measures
- 2013 Colorado recalls
- California Proposition 11, Creation of the California Citizens Redistricting Commission (2008)
- Energy policy in New York
- Energy policy in the United States
- Southern California Public Radio, "LA Unified school board race could break fundraising records this election," February 14, 2013
- Los Angeles City Clerk - Election Division, "Election Archives," accessed May 7, 2014
- Los Angeles Times, "Michelle Rhee group donates $250,000 to candidates in LAUSD races," February 20, 2013
- Las Vegas Review Journal, "Nevada petition filed to require background checks for gun purchases," June 20, 2014
- washingtonpost.com, "Colorado recall becoming referendum on guns," August 28, 2013
- gazette.com, "Recall campaign money trickles in, some can't be traced," August 28, 2013
- The New York Times, "Mayor’s California Bid May Undercut Incumbents," October 15, 2008
- PlaNYC, "About PlaNYC," accessed June 30, 2014
- On the Issues, "Mike Bloomberg on Energy & Oil," March 16, 2014
- The New York Times, "The Right Way To Develop Shale Gas," April 29, 2014
- On The Issues, "Mike Bloomberg Vote Match," accessed June 18, 2014
- The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.