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Monday, January 25, 2016

Virginia Petition Drive Underway - Meeting Friday Feb 5 @ 5:30

The past week has seen a surge in media activity excited about a possible run by Mayor Bloomberg! 

We are out in the snow petitioning to make the ballot in Virginia. Other states to follow.

If you can be in Central Virginia for an in-person update, training and/or coordination opportunity, then join us at 8845 Seminole Trail Ruckersville, VA 22968. We are recruiting a full slate of candidates for congress this year to support the Bloomberg ticket. iwantyou4.gif

Contact 703-338-0200 for details.

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7:29 pm est 

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Micheal Bloomberg for President

The Draft Michael Bloomberg for President urges Michael Bloomberg to seek the Green Party nomination for President.  The Green Party has ballot access already in almost half the nation.

Michael Bloomberg is the world's leading Green on issues of climate change. With Michael Bloomberg leading the Green Party, a full slate of Green Party candidates for U.S. House, U.S. Senate, state and local office could join Michael Bloomberg on the ballot.

We urge Green Party leaders nationwide to reach out and encourage Michael Bloomberg to seek the Green Party nomination. The Green Party is one of only four truly national political parties in the US. Michael Bloomberg could lead the Green Party to becoming America's third big political party, with Green Party candidates elected to the U.S. House, Senate, and as Green Party Governors.  

2:14 pm est 

New York Times Reports on Possible Bloomberg Run

Bloomberg, Sensing an Opening, Revisits a Potential White House Run

Read full NY Times Article - January 23, 2016


Michael R. Bloomberg has instructed advisers to draw up plans for a potential independent campaign in this year’s presidential race. His advisers and associates said he was galled by [one candidate's rise], and troubled by [another candidate's] stumbles.

Mr. Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York City, has in the past contemplated running for the White House on a third-party ticket, but always concluded he could not win. A confluence of unlikely events in the 2016 election, however, has given new impetus to his presidential aspirations.

Mr. Bloomberg, 73, has already taken concrete steps toward a possible campaign, and has indicated to friends and allies that he would be willing to spend at least $1 billion of his fortune on it, according to people briefed on his deliberations who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss his plans. He has set a deadline for making a final decision in early March, the latest point at which advisers believe Mr. Bloomberg could enter the race and still qualify to appear as an independent candidate on the ballot in all 50 states.

He has retained a consultant to help him explore getting his name on those ballots, and his aides have done a detailed study of past third-party bids. Mr. Bloomberg commissioned a poll in December to see how he might fare against [the possible legacy party nominees], and he intends to conduct another round of polling after the New Hampshire primary on Feb. 9 to gauge whether there is indeed an opening for him, according to two people familiar with his intentions.

His aides have sketched out a version of a campaign plan that would have the former mayor, a low-key and cerebral personality, give a series of detailed policy speeches, backed by an intense television advertising campaign that would introduce him to voters around the country as a technocratic problem-solver and self-made businessman who understands the economy and who built a bipartisan administration in New York.

Mr. Bloomberg would face daunting and perhaps insurmountable obstacles in a presidential campaign: No independent candidate has ever been elected to the White House, and Mr. Bloomberg’s close Wall Street ties and liberal social views, including his strong support for abortion rights and gun control, could repel voters on the left and right.

But his possible candidacy also underscores the volatility of a presidential race that could be thrown into further turmoil by a wild-card candidate like Mr. Bloomberg.

[Depending on who the nominee is, Mr. Bloomberg] has told allies he would be likely to run.

Edward G. Rendell, the former governor of Pennsylvania and a past National Committee chairman, said he believed Mr. Bloomberg could compete in the race if activist candidates on the left and right prevailed in the party primaries.

Mr. Bloomberg declined to comment on his interest in the 2016 race, and most of his associates would speak only on the condition that they not be named. Mr. Bloomberg is irked by the perception that he has toyed too often with running for national office, according to several associates, and is said to be wary of another public flirtation.

At the same time, these associates said, he has grown more frustrated with what he sees a race gone haywire. A longtime critic of partisan primary elections, Mr. Bloomberg has lamented ... criticism of charter schools and other education reforms that he pushed as mayor and has continued to support since leaving office.

At a dinner party late last fall at the home of Roger C. Altman, an investment banker and former deputy Treasury secretary, Mr. Bloomberg delivered a piquant assessment of [a legacy party frontrunner] as a presidential candidate.

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Graphic: 2016 Primary Calendar and Results

In the presence of Mr. Altman, a longtime supporter of [the former president and his wife] Mr. Bloomberg described her as a flawed politician, shadowed by questions about her honesty and the continuing investigation into her email practices as secretary of state, according to two people in attendance.

The outcome of that investigation, Mr. Bloomberg said, was anyone’s guess.

Setting a March deadline for making a decision allows Mr. Bloomberg to see [results of] the early primaries. And because of his vast wealth, there is no downside in laying the groundwork for a possible campaign, even if he ultimately decides against it.

Even a victory by [the frontrunner] in the ... primaries might not preclude a bid by Mr. Bloomberg, his associates said, if he believed she had been gravely weakened by the contest.

Mr. Bloomberg has maintained a constructive relationship with the [the former New York Senator] over the years, working closely with [her] during her tenure in the Senate and at one point even suggesting that she run to succeed him as mayor.

Mr. Bloomberg, this adviser said, believes voters want “a nonideological, bipartisan, results-oriented vision” that the early primary favorites have not presented.

Social acquaintances and political and business leaders said they had been surprised to find their encouraging remarks about a possible 2016 campaign answered with intense seriousness by Mr. Bloomberg, who has stressed that he would run if he saw a path to victory.

Mr. Bloomberg’s brain trust has examined previous third-party efforts dating to Theodore Roosevelt in 1912, giving closest attention to the campaigns of John Anderson in 1980 and H. Ross Perot in 1992.

While Mr. Bloomberg supports many of the [the left leaning legacy] Party’s social policies, he has been a fierce defender of the financial services industry, which is unpopular with many liberals, and enacted aggressive policing policies in New York City that are anathema to left-leaning voters.

And when he first ran for mayor in 2001, he ... poured energy and money into advocating policies that conservative[s] detest, most notably gun control and immigration reform.

Mr. Bloomberg has seen the [right-wing party frontrunner's] campaign rhetoric on immigration as especially distasteful. But in an interview with ABC News that aired last weekend, [the frontrunner] said he would welcome a presidential campaign by Mr. Bloomberg, whom he called “a friend” and “a great guy.”

Mr. Bloomberg, he predicted, would “take a lot of votes away from [my opponent].”

Alan Patricof, a financier and longtime donor to the [leftwing legacy party candidates] who is also friendly with Mr. Bloomberg, said it would be “a terrible thing” for the [leftwing] Party’s prospects of winning the White House if the former mayor ran as an independent.

Representative Daniel M. Donovan Jr., a New York Republican who is a friend and golfing partner of Mr. Bloomberg’s, said that many voters “who aren’t totally satisfied with any of the people who are running right now, would welcome a Mike Bloomberg candidacy.”

Mr. Donovan said he could consider supporting Mr. Bloomberg, depending on how the rest of the race develops.

“He governed more in pragmatic ways than in ideals,” Mr. Donovan said.

1:42 pm est 

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Polling Underway for Bloomberg Presidential Run in 2016

Bloomberg commissioned poll to test 2016 waters, source says

Updated 4:08 PM ET, Sun January 10, 2016

Washington (CNN)  -- Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg commissioned a poll last month to see how he would fare as a third-party candidate against [the two legacy party] presidential front-runners, a source close to the former mayor told CNN Saturday night.


The source said Bloomberg, a billionaire media executive, commissioned the poll after watching the meteoric rise of political newcomer Trump over the past six months. But the source did not discuss the poll's findings.

News of the poll was first reported by The New York Times.

White House whispers surrounding Bloomberg, who ran for his third term as an independent, are not new, and he remains a nationally recognized political figure.

He launched a research effort into his chances as an independent ahead of the 2008 campaign before ruling out a bid early in the primary fight. He waited until November to endorse President Barack Obama for re-election in 2012, citing climate change in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.



10:24 pm est 

Bloomberg Philanthropies Team with India on 'smart cities'

India teams with Bloomberg Philanthropies on ‘smart cities’

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A view of the city of Varanasi in India. Image: Shutterstock

The “memorandum of understanding” builds on a June 2015 announcement that the philanthropy headed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg would design and manage a “Cities Challenge.”

Under the competition — a first for India — cities would vie to receive strategic and technical guidance on infrastructure projects, along with government funding.

Bloomberg Philanthropies notes here that Modi’s administration is devoting US$7.5 billion to upgrading the nation’s cities.

The philanthropy already runs the Mayors Challenge, a contest in which cities compete for funding to support initiatives that improve urban life. The Indian competition would be held three times over three years. More details are available here

Citiscope is a nonprofit news outlet that covers innovations in cities around the world. More at Citiscope.org.

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We NEED true fiscally conservative, and socially responsible people in federal office.  Plain and simple. It's socially responsible to balance the federal budget and pay off the federal debt within ten years.

Michael Bloomberg can get the job done.

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