After twelve years of Bloomberg, we all have more or less assimilated and/or recognized the personal wealth of the citizen-in-chief. His announcement on Day One to accept a dollar-a-year salary and opt out of living in Gracie Mansion was the beginning of a long-term acceptance that, yes, our Mayor has much more money than most of us. But that doesn't mean we are not in awe when he flexes his financial strength (in a great way) every once in a while.
Like last April, when the Hozziner announced he would pull $30 million out of his wallet
to fund educational programs to solve the achievement gap for disadvantaged African-American and Latino kids in New York. Or the following week, when he went to Baltimore and was like
, "Yeah, I'll give you $5 million for your education programs, too." Or the $220,000 he donated
to efforts to kick smokers to the curb abroad. You get the picture: Bloomberg Philanthrophies is legit.
And, yesterday, we witnessed another pro of having a billionaire-as-Mayor: Bloomberg announced
that, in the time leading up to Election Day, he will donate a total of $500,000 to gay marriage campaigns in states where the issue is on the ballot come November 6th. This comes on top of a $250,000 donation he gave to a Maryland gay marriage intiative earlier this month, which means that this Mayor has pledged $750,000 to help homosexuals achieve the same civil rights as the rest of the citizenry.
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