Mike Bloomberg spent more than $1 billion on his short-lived presidential campaign

A new Federal Election Commission filing shows that former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg spent more than $1 billion of his own money on his presidential campaign, which only lasted a little over three months.

Before he dropped out of the Democratic race in early March, Bloomberg's ads were ubiquitous. He won just one contest, in American Samoa, spending about $18 million for each delegate.

Bloomberg hired close to 2,400 campaign staffers across the country, and said he would keep paying them through November, having them shift their focus to beating President Trump. Instead, he transferred $18 million to the Democratic National Committee, angering his ex-staffers.

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