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Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to drop a staggering $33 million on national and local television ads ahead of his expected presidential campaign.
The spots are scheduled to run in 99 cities across the country from Nov. 23 to Dec. 3, according to the media intelligence firm Advertising Analytics.
“Only Tom Steyer has spent more on TV ads, he’s at $38 million, but has been running ads since July,” Advertising Analytics analyst Ben Taber told The Post, referring to the other billionaire in the race.
“Warren and Sanders are the next two largest advertisers, and they are both under $8 million each. So in one week Bloomberg has just about leapfrogged the whole field,” Taber said, referring two of the frontrunners, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
“Mike is prepared to spend what it takes to defeat Donald Trump,” a spokesman for the billionaire media mogul told The Post. He declined to comment further.
But several Democratic candidates quickly tweeted their displeasure about the massive spending.
“I’m disgusted by the idea that Michael Bloomberg or any billionaire thinks they can circumvent the political process and spend tens of millions of dollars to buy elections,” Sanders said in a Tweet.
The bulk of the ad buy — more than $6 million — will air nationwide. The biggest markets by city are New York, with $2.3 million, Los Angels with $1.9 million and Houston with $1.2 million.
Bloomberg will also put $1.16 million into advertising in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area — that include one-minute spots with the local station WFAA, according to Federal Communications Commission filings.
“Bloomberg for President. Mentions running against Trump 3x within creative,” reads a handwritten note on the WFAA contract.
He’ll also target Donald Trump’s turf with $308,000 in West Palm Beach and Ft. Pierce, Florida where the president’s Mar-a-Lago club is located.
The ad buy skips early primary states like Iowa and New Hampshire, hewing to Bloomberg’s plan to focus on Super Tuesday states given that he’ll be a latecomer to the crowded Democratic primary field.
The three-term former mayor has not officially launched his 2020 campaign, but he has filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission for a presidential bid.
He’s already committed to pouring $15 million to $20 million on a voter registration drive in battleground states to help the Democrats beat President Trump in November.
That’s in addition to the $100 million he’s pledged to spend on anti-Trump spots in the battleground states.
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