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Mike Bloomberg is out of the Democratic presidential race, but he's not done trying to beat President Donald Trump.

The billionaire businessman is funding an anti-Trump operation in six battleground states in an effort to oust the Republican president in November. Bloomberg will tap his vast fortune to pay for field offices in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

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Wednesday morning, he was Michael Bloomberg's Florida campaign co-chair. By noon, former Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn was backing Joe Biden for president.

Buckhorn is disappointed - but not surprised - by Bloomberg dropping out of the race. But he said it's the best way to concentrate Democrats on their main goal: making Donald Trump a one-term president.

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A.J. Broome is a 56-year-old married gay man living in St. Petersburg. Until recently, he was torn over who to pick in the Florida primary.

“I seldom vote down party lines,” said Broome, who is a property manager, adding that he voted in presidential elections for Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, and also Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. But when he started thinking about the March 17 primary, he became uneasy.

“I was looking at Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders. They intrigued me. Bernie was about real change. And Pete was a newcomer,” Broome said. Then, an alternative emerged: former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg.

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Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Friday that he will permit his company to release three women from nondisclosure agreements with his company, a reversal after resisting to do so under pressure from his rivals at a Democratic presidential debate earlier this week.

In a statement released Friday afternoon, Bloomberg said that Bloomberg LP had identified three nondisclosure agreements made with women "to address complaints about comments they said I had made."

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While Iowa and New Hampshire have captured most of the attention of the Democratic nominees for president, Florida is lurking in the background as one of the biggest prizes of all.

Elizabeth Warren's campaign started canvassing two weeks ago, and volunteers with Michael Bloomberg opened an Orlando field office in early February and another one in Tampa this past Saturday.

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St. Petersburg is one of 25 cities getting money to go green from philanthropist and rumored presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg.


Bloomberg Targets Bondi Over Power Plant Lawsuit

Nov 9, 2015

A political committee funded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is targeting Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi for her participation in a multi-state lawsuit that challenges an Obama administration rule aimed at reducing carbon emissions from power plants.

Police in New York say preliminary tests of two threatening letters sent to Mayor Michael Bloomberg contained traces of ricin.

The anonymous letters, both addressed to Bloomberg, were opened Friday in New York at the city's mail facility and Sunday in Washington, D.C., at the headquarters of the nonprofit started by Bloomberg, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, according to authorities.