Politics

Mike Bloomberg files federal paperwork for presidential campaign – but he hasn't decided to run yet

Key Points
  • Billionaire Mike Bloomberg has filed paperwork to run for president. His aide calls it a procedural move and says he has not officially decided whether he's running for president.
  • A spokesman for Bloomberg explains that filing in the primary state of Alabama started a 15-day process to file with the FEC.
  • People close to Bloomberg have said that even though he hasn't made an official announcement, all indications point to him getting into the race in the coming days.
Honoree Michael Bloomberg speaks onstage during the Hudson River Park Annual Gala at Cipriani South Street on October 17, 2019 in New York City.
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Billionaire and former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg filed official paperwork to run for president in the 2020 Democratic primary.

It is a key procedural move and not a declaration that he is indeed running.

A spokesman for Bloomberg later explained that his filing in the primary state of Alabama started a 15-day process to file with the FEC. "This is not an announcement and not an indication of a decision," the aide added.

It's Bloomberg's latest maneuver toward a likely run for president. He has also filed to compete in various other primaries including Alabama and Texas. His aides have said that if he runs he will be focusing on Super Tuesday states and bypassing the early primaries, such as Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

The business titan, who has a net worth of just over $55 billion, has been in active discussions with his allies for months about possibly entering the election after declaring in March that he would not be a contender.

Bloomberg's team has previously said that he plans to spend over $100 million if he runs for president. Apart from his ambitions to run for president, Bloomberg has committed $100 million to a digital ad campaign against President Donald Trump.

People close to Bloomberg have said that even though he hasn't made an official announcement, all indications point to him getting into the race in the coming days.

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