The Golden Rule: Those who have the gold make the rules. Yes, my friends, it’s true. Even in a Constitutional republic or a limited democracy like ours, those who have the gold make the rules.
Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is a prime example of how money matters in politics, how easy it is to buy ballots and purchase politicians.
The New York Post reports that in the past four years Bloomberg has dropped upwards of $72 million on pet causes, like his anti-gun agenda, and elections across the country via his nonprofit gun-control organization, Everytown for Gun Safety, and his political action committee, Independence USA PAC.
The Post was able to break down his donations as follows: $34.6 million spent on winning candidates and causes — and $21.4 million on losers. Plus $16 million spent on causes like climate change and gun control.
In terms of results, Bloomberg’s batting average or winning percentage is an eye-popping .674 (or 67.4 percent). The billionaire media magnate went 31 to 15 on races and ballot initiatives in which he spent more than $10,000 in PAC money.
As it relates to tangible results within the gun debate, Everytown for Gun Safety boasts the following legislative victories and wins against the National Rifle Association.
- Oregon Becomes 18th State to Require Background Checks, Nevada Up Next — This victory, just six months after voters in Washington State passed background checks by ballot measure, makes Oregon the 18th state in the country to require background checks on all handgun sales – and the sixth state to pass background check legislation since Newtown.
- In West Virginia, Governor Ray Tomblin vetoed S.B. 347 – legislation pushed by the NRA that would have dismantled the state’s concealed carry permitting system by allowing people to carry concealed, loaded guns in public with no permit and no training required.
- In Montana, Governor Steve Bullock vetoed two dangerous gun bills – HB 533 and HB 298 – that would have compromised public safety by dismantling the state’s current concealed carry permitting system and enabling people to carry concealed, loaded weapons in public with absolutely no training and no permit. In his veto letter for HB 298, Governor Bullock called permitless carry “an absurd concept that threatens the safety of our communities.”
- In Michigan, Republican Governor Rick Snyder vetoed SB 789 – legislation pushed by the NRA that would have undermined vital protections for domestic violence victims by allowing some of their abusers to carry loaded, concealed handguns.
- In New Hampshire, Governor Maggie Hassan has said she will veto SB 116, legislation that repeals the permit requirement for carrying concealed, loaded handguns in public in the state.
- Guns on Campus. Bills that would have forced colleges and universities to allow people to carry guns on campus have been defeated in 14 states so far: Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Montana, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
- Guns in Schools. Bills that would have allowed people to carry guns in K-12 schools have been defeated in 15 states so far: Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming.
- Permitless Carry. Bills that would have dismantled state concealed carry systems and let people carry concealed handguns in public with no permit and no training have failed in 15 states so far: Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia – and a veto is expected on a permitless carry bill in New Hampshire soon.
- Repealing Background Checks. Legislation was defeated that would have repealed the requirement that all gun buyers in Colorado, and all handgun buyers in Iowa, pass a criminal background check. A similar bill is expected to be defeated in North Carolina soon.
It goes without saying but Bloomberg’s money is moving the needle. He has become a real heavyweight in the war over the Second Amendment. What’s more, the Bloomberg machine is showing no signs of slowing down.
“Mike formed the PAC to stand up for people willing to do the right thing in the face of difficult local politics,” Bloomberg spokesman Marc LaVorgna told the Post.
“We don’t cherry-pick easy races like many groups do,” he added. “We’re proud to have helped make the difference in electing bipartisan leaders around the country.”