Self-made billionaire and out-going Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, has set his sites on the National Rifle Association (NRA) and is putting his money where his rhetoric has been for years, forming a super PAC to target political candidates opposed to sensible gun reforms.
On Monday Bloomberg’s PAC released an ad against former Rep. Debbie Halvorson (D-Ill.) who is running to fill the seat vacated by Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D). His PAC has said it will spend $1+ million against her this week. The ad says “Gun violence — it’s out of control. Debbie Halvorson will make it worse. Halvorson opposed a ban on deadly assault weapons. She co-sponsored legislation to allow some criminals to carry loaded hidden guns across state lines. No wonder Halvorson received an A+ rating from the NRA, the special interest lobby against effective background checks. Debbie Halvorson’s record: more guns in the hands of criminals.” Watch the ad here.
Can Bloomberg’s money in key elections around the country combined with President Obama’s focus on passing sensible reforms make a difference? I certainly hope so.