8:18 am Sep. 26, 2012
Mayor Michael Bloomberg donated $1 million to the Republicans who control the State Senate, and $75,000 to the four Democratic state senators who broke away from the Democratic caucus in that chamber.
In essence, the Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-independent is working to make sure the Senate Democrats don't win the seats they need to take control of the chamber.
Bloomberg has been consistent in his support for Senate Republicans, and has been their top contributor over the past decade. The million-dollar donation is thought to be the biggest one ever to a legislative conference.
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