N.Y. Mayor Bloomberg reportedly plans fundraiser for Manchin
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is reportedly hosting a fundraising event later this month for Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.
Bloomberg, a staunch supporter for gun control and founder of the advocacy group Mayors Against Illegal Guns, plans to host Manchin from 6:30 to 8 p.m. July 22 at his home, according to Internet news site BuzzFeed.
Bloomberg publicly voiced his support for a measure Manchin introduced earlier this year that sought background checks for certain gun purchases. The measure, introduced by Manchin and Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Penn., failed to get enough votes.
Almost immediately after Manchin announced his intentions to pursue the measure, the National Rifle Association began to attack him. Manchin was previously well known for a campaign ad in which he blasted a whole through a copy of legislation with a rifle. He also had received high marks from the NRA.
The NRA changed its tune following Manchin's proposed amendment, launching a $100,000 television ad campaign against him. Manchin fired back with a $100,000 campaign of his own.
Manchin will be up for re-election in 2016.
Bloomberg previously called on donors to not support Senate Democrats who voted against the Manchin-Toomey measure.
BuzzFeed reports it obtained a copy of the invitation to the fundraiser. The invitation is brief, but does list contribution levels for individuals or political action committees. It states host's contribution level is $5,000, the sponsorship level is $2,500 and "friends" are expected to contribute $1,000.
The invitation lists several numbers that invitees can call to RSVP. It also includes a statement saying it was paid for and authorized by Manchin for West Virginia, the senator's election campaign.
Representatives for Manchin and Bloomberg did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
While Bloomberg supports Manchin's background check measure, the two politicians have very different stances on coal.
Manchin recently said President's Barack Obama's climate change policy amounted to a "war on coal." Among the websites included on Bloomberg's personal website is one called "Beyond Coal." The Sierra Club, an environmentalist group, operates the site.