Bloomberg is running the billionaire vote-buying campaign we expected from Trump

Tim Fernholz
Bloomberg is running the billionaire vote-buying campaign we expected from Trump

When Donald Trump jumped into the 2016 presidential election, conventional wisdom assumed that the “billionaire” would attempt to buy the election with his riches. In 2016, Trump spent far less than his general election opponent, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, and he didn’t contribute much of his own money to the campaign. During the 21 months he officially contested the 2016 election, primary and general, Trump spent $325 million, contributing one-fifth of the total himself.