2:47 pm Oct. 18, 2012
A candidate to succeed Michael Bloomberg hopes the mayor keeps his super PAC money out of the 2013 election.
"Well, so far it looks like it is focused outside of the city," former comptroller Bill Thompson told Capital today, when asked if he had any thoughts about Bloomberg's new super PAC. "And you know, one would hope that other than in his public comments and endorsements, that the mayor would limit it to that and not attempt to influence the election in 2013."
The former comptroller has intimate experience with Bloomberg's money.
In 2009, Thompson lost a surprisingly tight race for mayor against Bloomberg, with the sitting mayor outspending the would-be mayor by more than 10 to 1.
Bloomberg spent more than $100 million of his own money, compared to the more than $9 million spent by Thompson, and collected from donors.
Yesterday, Bloomberg announced he'd be putting his vast financial resources to use again, this time using his own super PAC to underwrite advertisements in support of candidates who agree with him on gun control, same-sex marriage and education reform.
Thus far, he's shown no indication that he will spend any money in the race to succeed him.
But if he were to do that, chances are the beneficiary would be Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who's widely understood to be his favorite in the still incipient 2013 field.
Today, Thompson said he hopes that, "the playing field in 2013 is a level one, that those of us who are within campaign finance stay within that campaign finance and that others outside let us have an election within that framework."
More by this author:
- Albany's unlikely marijuana legalization champion sees interest, but no movement yet
- Bloomberg pans a Cuomo-backed answer to Albany corruption