Michael Bloomberg’s 2020 presidential campaign hasn’t been going so well.
Now it might get worse.
It seems one of his tech firms has been lying about its relationship with the Democrats.
Bloomberg firm Hawkfish falsely told potential hires it would be the ‘primary’ tech platform for the DNC
During the week Mike Bloomberg announced his run for president in November, a technology company he founded was reaching out to potential recruits through an outside firm, saying it would be the “primary platform” for the Democratic National Committee.
But the claim wasn’t true.
The firm, Hawkfish LLC, is the main digital agency and technology service for the former New York mayor’s campaign for president, as CNBC first reported. Yet it has no current or planned role with the DNC in the 2020 election cycle, according to a Bloomberg aide and a DNC official.
On Nov. 27, three days after Bloomberg officially launched his bid for the White House, the DNC told Hawkfish that the pitches were misleading, according to the DNC official, spokesman Daniel Wessel.
“We had previously alerted Hawkfish that the recruiting emails were incorrect and misleading,” Wessel told CNBC. Hawkfish then conceded to the DNC that the script sent to potential recruits wasn’t accurate, according to Wessel. It was corrected starting Dec. 2, said Michael Frazier, a Bloomberg campaign spokesman.
Bloomberg, who has a net worth of just over $54 billion, incorporated Hawkfish in spring 2019, with the goal of helping Democrats overpower the formidable data operation assembled by the Republican National Committee and President Donald Trump’s campaign. Yet much about the company wasn’t known until CNBC reported on its existence and efforts last week.
None of this has stopped Bloomberg from trying to buy his way into the White House.
.@MikeBloomberg has spent $155M in ads so far.
Do you think he can buy the #2020Elections?
— Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC) January 2, 2020
Bloomberg's Unprecedented 135 Million dollar ad buy is targeting urban centers and increasing ad rates by around 22%
This isn't hurting Trump, this is hurting Democrat's who are forced to compete with a billionaires insane ad buy.https://t.co/8YaF9021IF
— Tim Pool (@Timcast) December 27, 2019
The only people who believe in Bloomberg, it seems, are his gaggle of well-paid consultants, whose strategy is simple: He’ll buy his way into office, like he did in New York. https://t.co/byFe30VB83
— The New Republic (@newrepublic) January 1, 2020
How long will he stay in this race?