Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg said he would donate $10 million to vulnerable House Democrats who support the impeachment of President Donald Trump, according to a report in the Washington Post.
In a statement, Bloomberg said that Republicans are more concerned about “protecting Trump rather than the Constitution,” adding that Democrats are “holding the president accountable.”
“Sadly, Republicans are more interested in protecting the president than the Constitution. Fortunately, House Democrats are holding the President accountable, and they need resources to stay in office.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) welcomed Bloomberg’s donation in a statement, “In 2018, Mayor Bloomberg was a critical ally in helping House Democrats regain the majority. Now, the stakes are even higher as we work to make health care more affordable by reducing the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs, increase wages, and root out corruption. We welcome and thank Mayor Bloomberg for his support.”
Republicans have spent millions of dollars on ads attacking the impeachment effort, the Post says, including $10 million on ads targeting Democrats. In 2018, Bloomberg spent $100 million through his Super PAC to help flip the House.
Robby Mook, who runs the House Majority PAC, said Bloomberg’s donations would be used to counter Republicans’ attacks that Democrats are not focusing on issues that their constituents care about.
“With this extraordinary commitment from Mayor Bloomberg, we’ll be able to generate more resources to ensure voters understand how their Democratic House majority is working on the issues that matter, like protecting access to affordable health care and reducing the cost of prescription drugs.”
According to the Post, in the month since Bloomberg announced his campaign, he has spent $100 million on advertisements to promote his presidential bid, and plans to spend another $100 million for anti-Trump ads throughout the primary.