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Mike Bloomberg Handing Over $80 Million to Peter Ackerman of Americans Elect

Peter Ackerman is the Founder, Chairman, apparent primary Funder and President of Americans Elect.

Americans Elect is the first-ever privatized online presidential nomination with heavy control over nominee selection by a Board of Directors.

That Board of Directors was appointed by Peter Ackerman and his surrogates.

Peter Ackerman is a co-founder, Director and the majority shareholder in New York City grocery distributor FreshDirect.

Jason Ackerman, co-founder and CEO of FreshDirect, is Peter Ackerman’s nephew.

FreshDirect pays its warehouse and delivery drivers less than $9 an hour.

When workers tried to unionize, FreshDirect fought against it.

Michael Bloomberg is the Mayor of New York City, the founder and majority shareholder of Bloomberg LP, and a billionaire — the 12th wealthiest person in America and 30th wealthiest person in the entire world.

Mike Bloomberg on his relationship with Peter Ackerman: “Well, I’ve always been a big supporter of Peter Ackerman and I’ve known him forever, and I put his wife on the board of Johns Hopkins, which she may still be on, as a matter of fact.”

Michael Bloomberg just announced a package of state and city tax incentives and subsidies for the FreshDirect corporation. The total size of the gift arranged by Bloomberg is roughly $129 million. New York City will pay FreshDirect $81 million.

Michael Bloomberg is a Draft Candidate for President of the United States in the Americans Elect privatized nomination.

In an ethically-minded world, this week’s giveaway of public funds by Michael Bloomberg to Peter Ackerman would seem to preclude the possibility of Michael Bloomberg running for President under the Americans Elect banner. If you believe our leaders are ethical, then you should believe that Michael Bloomberg will refuse to accept an Americans Elect nomination should it comes his way.


Postscript: Through his spokesman, Michael Bloomberg has denied contributing money directly to Americans Elect with his own personal funds. The $81 million in funds funneled from New York City taxpayers to Ackerman’s FreshDirect, on the other hand, is undisputed.

16 comments to Mike Bloomberg Handing Over $80 Million to Peter Ackerman of Americans Elect

  • Bloomberg didn’t even have the decency to pay off the Ackerman clan with his own personal money!

  • John Lumea

    Great stuff, Jim, although I might add to your list the reminder that Michael Bloomberg is a guy who in 2008, in order to clear the path for his third term, had no scruples about railroading through a revocation of New York City’s term-limits law — a law that had been supported twice in recent public referenda (1993 and 1996) — on a marginal 57% vote (29-22) of the City Council.

    In other words, this is a guy who, when the law doesn’t suit his personal ambition, has demonstrated a remarkable willingness to bend the law to his will — the public be damned.

    Perhaps it is precisely because Bloomberg had no problems securing $80M for his friend’s company that we should assume that he would have no problems accepting the presidential nomination from another of that same friend’s companies.

  • WhatMeWorry

    “Postscript: Through his spokesman, Michael Bloomberg has denied contributing money to Americans Elect.”

    Let’s hear one hand clapping for more data-free reporting!

    • John Lumea

      Great point!

    • I’m not sure what you mean, WMW.

      Do you mean that it’s frustrating that we don’t get public reports on the financing of Americans Elect, so that reporters have to chase possible contributors down? If that’s what you mean, I’m on the same page with you.

      • WhatMeWorry

        Nay; what I mean is, if Bloomberg denies $81 million it becomes necessary to support the IT contention that the contribution was made, which IT should’ve done in the 1st place. But what the heck, it’s the Internet. And btw, I don’t wish to have my political (or religious, or arts, or medical etc) contributions made public and I consider such an infringement of my free speech. Yes I know it conflicts with the well-intended sunshine aspect of political financing but there are too many sad examples of people giving $, showing up on lists, then being harassed for their beliefs. I say let the Soros offset the Kochs and let whomever offset Bloomberg; let corps offset unions, public empls offset taxpayers, etc.

        • WMW, there are two issues, and perhaps I should clarify them. (small edit to the last sentence of the article ensues.)

          1. There’s absolutely no doubt that Michael Bloomberg has arranged a package of taxpayers’ public funds from the City of New York in the amount of $81 million to be sent to FreshDirect, of which Peter Ackerman is co-founder, Director and majority shareholder. Check the multiple sources that I’ve linked to in the article to document this fact. I have documented every fact I’ve declared in the article. As you say, this is the Internet: maybe you haven’t looked at each of these sources yet. Check ‘em out.

          2. Michael Bloomberg’s spokesman has declared that Michael Bloomberg has not contributed money to Americans Elect with his personal funds. That’s what the last sentence is about. This declaration is also documented.

          Clearer?

      • John Lumea

        What I mean, Jim, is that, unless and until we see Americans Elect’s books, we have no way of knowing whether — or how much — Michael Bloomberg has contributed.

        And maybe not even then.

        Who knows? Maybe Bloomberg wrote a personal check to an Americans Elect supporter of his friend Peter Ackerman’s choosing.

        • John Lumea

          In other words: Bloomberg is the one who is guilty of “data-free reporting,” by simply asserting, through his spokesperson, that he hasn’t contributed to Americans Elect and expecting that to end the discussion.

          I wasn’t agreeing with WMW, who, I now see, was making an entirely different point.

          Sorry for any confusion.

  • Bill

    I lost all respect for Bloomers when he bought himself the chairmanship of the Johns Hopkins University board of trustees by paying tens of millions of dollars. For his first board meeting as chair he arrived on campus…by helicopter. Landing on the lacrosse field. Oh, please. There’s an airport a few miles away. That’s when I first realized he was determined to be President some day, so he could land Marine One anywhere he wanted to. The rich really are different from you and me. They’re bat-shit nuts.

    • c

      He graduated from Johns Hopkins, aren’t alum supposed to succeed and give back? He built like half the west side of the hospital in the last decade as well… stupid reason to lose respect. try again.

      • WhatMeWorry

        Amen, c. What i smell here is damned-if-you-do-damned-if-you-don’t. Not to be Mikey’s apologist, but if he doesn’t give to JHU he’s cheap and ungrateful, and if he does he must be transacting something. He got where he is working from outsider status, and those kinds of brains are influential and valued. The rich are different–often they worked harder/smarter than the rest of us. I guess that’s why calling them names constitutes an argument in some people’s minds.

  • Joshua

    Of course, if Bloomberg wants the AE nomination, he would be best served to embark on an all-out effort to get the 10,000 support clicks he would need to qualify for their primary ballot. Nobody is on track to qualify, so he could win by default.

    Granted, he would have to use his own money, not the city’s money, to accomplish this. On the other hand, it would cost a lot less than $81 million.

  • This is unreal. We are working on a Boycott of FreshDirect and this is even more reason to do so! If readers want, please sign our petition at http://www.boycottfreshdirect.com and contact us if you want to support this boycott!

  • Monxo Lopez

    It is important to note that Bloomberg WANTS to give em Ackermans $81m. It is still not a done deal and that is why we are boycotting FreshDirect in the South Bronx. They want to block our waterfront access, bring 2000 extra truck trips everyday to our streets (as per their own estimates) and have generally been pretty backroom-deal-y about it. Don’t buy from FreshDirect. Tell everybody you know. If approved, this will be one of the largest subsidy packages signed under Bloomberg. It is unseemly. Join us online. Facebook it. Twit it. #freshdirect #boycottfreshdirect. @SouthBronxUnite. Sign the online petition (boycottfreshdirect.com) and support us.

  • Jess

    Great links here. Join the BOYCOTT of FRESH DIRECT!

    http://www.boycottfreshdirect.com

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