Gabbard, Clinton and Bloomberg

Grind for January 27th
“The mouth obeys poorly when the heart murmurs.”

– Voltaire

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

The Headline

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is suing Hillary Clinton for $50 Million

The Grind

Presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) is suing Hillary Clinton for defamation after Clinton described Gabbard as a “Russian asset” and “the favorite of the Russians” during an interview last October.

Gabbard’s lawsuit claims the comments were “made in a deliberate attempt to derail Tulsi’s campaign” and caused up to $50 million in damages to both her campaign and her personal reputation.

The Details

The complaint, filed Wednesday, notes that Gabbard would not have been elected to serve in the House of Representatives had she actually been a Russian agent and claims Clinton’s comments are retribution for Gabbard’s endorsement of Bernie Sanders during the 2016 Democratic Primary. At the time, Gabbard was serving as Vice Chair of the DNC.

“Clinton was extremely angry – to put it mildly – that Tulsi endorsed Senator Sanders over her,” reads the suit. “Clinton, a cutthroat politician by any account, has never forgotten this perceived slight.

After she announced her support for Sanders, Gabbard says she received messages from Clinton’s team telling her that they no longer trusted her judgement and would never forget that she chose Sanders over Clinton.

“One would expect someone of Mrs. Clinton’s political background to act with a greater level of maturity and dignity, but her personal hostility toward Rep. Gabbard apparently clouded Mrs. Clinton’s reason and blinded her to US defamation laws,” said Brian Dunne, Gabbard’s attorney.

Gabbard is well within her rights to sue Clinton over her Russia comments, and Hillary will need to settle the lawsuit if she plans to enter the 2020 race at the last minute (as we have predicted) – unless she really does have proof that Gabbard is a Russian agent.


The Headline

Michael Bloomberg’s campaign spending is out of control

The Grind

In less than three months, Democratic presidential candidate and former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg has spent $248 million – nearly a quarter of a billion dollars – on advertising.

Bloomberg has spent more than three times the amount spent by the four leading Democrats, combined. Aside from rival billionaire Tom Steyer, who has spent roughly $134 million, no other candidate has spent more than $30 million.

To compare, Donald Trump’s campaign spent roughly $330 million throughout the entire 2016 election; Clinton’s team spent $230 million.

Michael Bloomberg’s unprecedented spending “will definitely present an issue for other campaigns,” notes analyst Ben Taber. “He cannot buy up all the inventory, but his massive ad buys can and are increasing rates. This will make it even more difficult for other candidates to disseminate their messages, as they will be getting fewer airings per dollar spent.”

The Details

Bloomberg’s largest buys are concentrated in Super Tuesday states like Texas, where he has already spent more than $20 million. By the time most candidates shift from early voting states to Super Tuesday states, they could find it impossible to spend enough money to make their voices heard.

Bloomberg is running at least 13 different ads centered on his mayoral record and his belief that he can defeat President Trump. At least one is aired entirely in Spanish.

Earlier this month, he spent $10 million on a 1-minute ad spot that will appear during the Super Bowl. This week, he launched a new ad urging the Senate to remove President Trump from office.

“It’s time for the Senate to act and remove Trump from office,” says Bloomberg. “If they won’t do their jobs, this November you and I will.”

Michael Bloomberg is one of the richest people in the world, with a net worth estimated at $52 billion. He plans to spend more than $500 million on his presidential campaign and does not plan on accepting donations.

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