Bloomberg Pledges to Be 'Counterweight' to NRA
9:40 AM, Jan 14, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has pledged to be a "counterweight" to the National Rifle Association. Bloomberg's net worth is estimated at $22 billion.
Of the NRA, Bloomberg says, “I’m going to prove a counterweight.” And he has, to a certain degree, put some money where his mouth his. Bloomberg "spent about $10 million in five congressional and statewide races against NRA-supported candidates last year, winning four of those contests," the Washington Post reports.
And Bloomberg believes his money has been well spent. “It seemed effective, and I’m certainly going to take a good, hard look at next time. . . . You can organize people, I can write checks.”
Last week, an MSNBC host challenged Bloomberg to spend all his money to push for gun control:
Bloomberg did not seem to take the bait, yet he didn't rule out putting all $22 billion behind gun control, either.