Announcing a Major New Effort to Support Common Sense Gun Laws, Education Reform, and Nonpartisan Leadership in the November Elections

By - OCT. 17, 2012

Howard Wolfson will oversee the Election-Related Campaign Activities

Michael R. Bloomberg today announced a new major effort to support candidates and referenda in local, state and Federal races across the country, with a focus on issues including gun laws and education policy. Over the next three weeks, the Mayor will be making an eight figure independent spending campaign that will support moderates on both sides of the aisle – as well as independents – who have shown a willingness to work in a bi-partisan fashion. Howard Wolfson will oversee the Mayor’s efforts.

"It's critically important that we have elected officials in Washington, Albany, and around the nation who are willing to work across party lines to achieve real results," Mayor Bloomberg said. "I’ve always believed in the need for more independent leadership, and this new effort will support candidates and causes that will help protect Americans from the scourge of gun violence, improve our schools, and advance our freedoms."

“The Mayor has always stepped forward to back candidates that are willing to cast aside party politics, and candidates who are willing to stand up to special interests to make the right decisions for the people they represent,” said Wolfson. “This is a major expansion of his efforts nationally, and it’s something I am proud to be a part of.”

The independent spending campaign will be the largest effort yet undertaken by Mayor Bloomberg to impact races and referenda across the country. The campaign will target candidates who support – and oppose – efforts to crack down on illegal guns and reform education policy. It will also make contributions to marriage equality referenda. The mayor has a long history of supporting candidates and referenda that reflect his independent and non-partisan approach to government.

Prior to serving in his current post as Deputy Mayor for Government Affairs and Communications, Wolfson served as Communications Director and Senior Advisor to the Mayor’s 2009 re-election campaign, as well as for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign. He was also the Executive Director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.


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