Gun Owners versus Bloomberg in 2013 elections
Also going after Cuccinelli was billionaire Michael Bloomberg. He's pumping money and energy into gun control advocacy as his final term as New York City mayor winds down. Bloomberg's Independence USA Super PAC spent $2 million dollars on ads. They challenged Cuccinelli's stance on unregulated gun show purchases and other weak spots in the gun laws. . . .Democrats massively outspent Cuccineli in the final week of the campaign. From the Washington Post:
From Oct. 28 through Nov. 3, according to the ad-tracking firm Kantar Media, McAuliffe spent $705,000 on television ads, compared to $285,000 for Cuccinelli’s campaign.
Among outside players in the final week, Independence USA PAC – New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s (I) pro-gun control group – led the way with $346,000 in advertising, all of it in the Washington market. Purple PAC shelled out $103,000 to help Libertarian Robert Sarvis, who spent $22,000 himself. . . .The Virginia attorney general's race is still slightly leaning towards the Republican. From Politico:
But observers such as Dave Wasserman of the Cook Political report estimated that the updated, still-unofficial count — coupled with Obenshain’s boost from newly counted votes in Bedford County — left the Republican with a lead of around 130 votes. Wasserman said that incremental changes and provisional ballot-counting expected over the weekend make this “anyone’s race.” . . .Meanwhile for the Virginia House of Delegates: "67 NRA-endorsed candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates, 65 won their election on Tuesday," and giving Republicans about 2/3rds of the seats.
As to members of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, they lost about 10 percent of their members.
Nearly 10 percent of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun group Mayors Against Illegal Guns retired from their job or were sacked in Tuesday’s elections, including the organization’s two leaders: Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.
Some 95 key members of the group that targets and criticizes lawmakers backed by the National Rifle Association are losing their title of “mayor.” According to an election review of Bloomberg's membership list of about 1,000, three quit the group, 69 retired from their jobs, and 23 were rejected by voters. . . .Among those defeated:
Among the defeated members of Mayors Against Illegal Guns were the mayors of Annapolis, Md.; Omaha, Neb.; Atlantic City, N.J.; Rochester, N.Y.; and Seattle, Wash.Liberal Billionaire Tom Steyer apparently made a huge investment in the race attacking Cuccinelli.
The California billionaire spent nearly that much from his personal fortune to make an example of Republican Ken Cuccinelli for his arch-conservative views on the environment. The sum is more than three times the investment that’s been previously reported, and it nearly matched what the Republican Governors Association, the largest GOP outside spender, put into the Virginia governor’s race. It is more money, on a per-vote basis, than the famously prolific conservative donors Sheldon and Miriam Adelson spent in the 2012 presidential election. . . .
By the way, this $8 million by the Republican Governors Association puts the lie to the claim that the Republican establishment abandoned Cuccinelli.