Billionaire Mike Bloomberg confirmed Thursday that he’s turning his defunct campaign into his own “independent” Super PAC to aid the Democratic nominee and defeat President Trump in November’s general election — particularly deploying what could be hundreds of millions of dollars in resources in six battleground states, sources told The Post.
The independent expenditure group — commonly referred to as a super Political Action Committee or PAC — will focus on the general election and not put its thumb on the scale in the Democratic primary contest between former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Bloomberg endorsed Biden on Wednesday when exiting the race as a presidential candidate after a poor showing in the Super Tuesday primaries despite burning through more than $500 million.
“Mike will deliver on his commitment to beating Trump via a new independent expenditure effort, the name/budget/scope of which is to be determined,” a Bloomberg insider said.
“It will include field offices in the six battleground states: Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. It will be pro-nominee, anti-Trump and will support down-ballot Dems as well,” the Bloomberg source added.
Hawkfish, the digital agency launched by Bloomberg, will continue to exist as a separate entity and be used to place ads on social media.
The source said like all independent expenditure groups, the Bloomberg Super PAC, won’t be able to coordinate with any campaign.
The Post reported Wednesday that Bloomberg, the former three-term New York City mayor, was mulling setting up a pro-Democrat, anti-Trump Super PAC.
Bloomberg — worth $65 billion — could dump hundreds of millions of dollars into the Super PAC to pay for ads, deploy staff to knock on doors and even repurpose his campaign offices to promote Biden or slam Trump.
The Bloomberg campaign had 2,400 paid staff — including 2,000 in 43 states and territories and another 400 at its Times Square headquarters.
The Bloomberg source did not say how many campaign staffers will be reassigned to the Super Pac — but it could easily be in the hundreds.
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