Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is reaching deep into his billionaire pockets to support Senate Democrats in the midterm elections.
As the Washington Post first reported, Bloomberg is good for $20 million that will go to the Senate Majority PAC, empowered to elect Democrats to the Senate.
Bloomberg adviser Kevin Sheekey told the Post that his boss was disenchanted with the Republicans in the Senate and thinks it is good time to support Democrats, who he says will be elected by voters who oppose the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh over sexual misconduct allegations.
Bloomberg employees Marc La Vorgna and Howard Wolfson confirmed the contribution in a statement to Politico. Democrats will need the money if they expect to win a majority in the Senate because many Democratic senators are vying for reelection in Red States where President Donald Trump remains popular.
“Mayor Bloomberg is a critical ally in our quest to win Senate races in every corner of the country,” Senate Majority PAC president J.B. Poersch told Politico. “Mayor Bloomberg’s contribution is another indicator that Democrats have a real opportunity to take back the Senate.”
Bloomberg has already shoveled $80 million in contributions over to help Democrats win the House of Representatives in November. This $100 million total in donations puts him on the list of top election contributors.
Bloomberg has used his substantial wealth in the past to support Republican candidates as well.