Mayor Michael Bloomberg has already spent more than 40 million dollars of his personal fortune on his re-election campaign, but the billionaire is slamming his Democratic challenger for getting too few donations.
On Saturday, Comptroller Bill Thompson announced he had raised $79,000 during the first three weeks of September. In a statement Saturday evening, the Bloomberg campaign spokeswoman Jill Hazelbacker called that "dismal." In the following statement, Hazelbaker said Thompson's campaign lacks grassroots support because most of the donors gave a $1,000 or more.
"The fact that Bill Thompson raided more than 50 percent of his $79,000 from individuals giving $1,000 or more is yet another indicator of a campaign lacking enthusiasm and grassroots support. Today's dismal filing is more back news for Team Thompson."
But, Thompson's campaign fired back. Carly Lindauer, a spokeswoman for the campaign, said "it's ironic that Republican Mike Bloomberg, who's spending up to $200 million in an attempt to buy the election, is commenting on fundraising numbers. Perhaps he should start addressing the real issues in the race including a 10.3% unemployment rate, schools that leave our children unprepared for the future, and record homelessness."