WASHINGTON – Mayor Bloomberg, who has spent millions of dollars to attack opponents of gun control, will raise hundreds of thousands this month for an advocate of tougher gun laws.
Bloomberg will host a July 22 fundraiser at his upper East Side home for Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), sources said. Tickets for the event start at $1,000.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s gun control group Mayors Against Illegal Guns is finding it hard to keep its membership up, thanks to dozens of resignations and lost elections over the last few months.
Worse for Bloomberg, who has become one of the faces of the gun control movement: the people replacing his lost comrades aren’t particularly eager to sign up with the organization, a rare group battling in the trenches against the well-organized and deep-pocketed National Rifle Association. Some appear not quite to have signed on for that level of political heat.
Not to mention the ones that have gotten arrested, for one reason or another. The problem for Joe Manchin is that he’s fighting both his own party and a growing West Virginia GOP: the only thing that the two groups have in common is that they don’t particularly think that West Virginia is ideologically suited for the Democratic party anymore. So Manchin needs money. Impeccably liberal money. And you don’t get more liberal than being virulently against the Second Amendment, unless of course you somehow manage to drag in abortion on demand.
Which will probably be the next thing that Joe Manchin caves on…