The New York Times reports that Bloomberg is urging that donations should be withheld from Democrats who supported the filibuster against Schumer/Manchin/Toomey:
On Wednesday, Mr. Bloomberg will send a personal letter to hundreds of the biggest Democratic donors in New York urging them to cut off contributions to the four Democratic senators who helped block a bill in April that would have strengthened background checks on gun purchasers.
Bloomberg is known for using his mega-bucks to try to sway votes for gun control bills he supports. He is now hoping getting donors to withhold money will have an equal impact. It will be interesting to see if Democrat donors want to hold their majority more than they support Bloomberg’s gun control schemes because you have to figure that GOP candidates challenging vulnerable Dems will be as pro-rights if not more so than the incumbents that Bloomberg is targeting. They’ve already told Bloomberg as much:
The move could inflame tensions that have simmered for weeks between Mr. Bloomberg, who blames the four Democrats for the defeat of the bill, and Democratic Senate leaders, who have privately told City Hall that the attacks can serve only to empower a Republican majority openly hostile to Mr. Bloomberg’s priorities.
This should be interesting and fun to watch.