22 Feb 2020

Can Michael Bloomberg's billions buy the Democratic nomination?

From Saturday Morning, 8:10 am on 22 February 2020

Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg stepped into the spotlight this week appearing on stage for a debate with five other candidates for the Democratic nomination.

The billionaire has already spent US$464 million on his campaign but avoided the Iowa caucuses and the primary in New Hampshire.

He faces ongoing criticism for his support of "stop and frisk", a practice which allowed police to search suspects without a warrant. Over 80% of those stopped were non-white.

Kim spoke with Nicholas Kulish, an investigative correspondent for The New York Times who has been taking a deep dive into how Bloomberg has been using his wealth and charitable giving to influence the leadership contest.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 15, 2019 Michael Bloomberg arrives to the opening celebration of the Statue of Liberty Museum on Liberty Island at the Statue Cruises Terminal in Battery Park in New York.

Photo: AFP