New York politics reporter Blake Zeff walks us through the web of influential politicians, nonprofits and newspaper publishers in 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg’s pockets — a network the billionaire cultivated in part during his controversial three-term reign as the mayor of New York City. “The voters of New York had said, ‘We don’t want our mayors to have more than two terms or be able to even run for it,'” says Zeff. “You got the Daily News, you got the New York Post, you’ve got The New York Times, all run by these very wealthy families. They rarely agree on anything, these newspapers … but they all met with Bloomberg, decided to sign on to this plan for him to go for a third term, all put out editorials in unison and lockstep saying, ‘This is a great idea for the city.'” Zeff argues that Bloomberg’s network of influence attained through his billionaire status could give him an unfair advantage in the 2020 elections.
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