Report: Mayor Michael Bloomberg Doles out 20 Percent Bonuses to Aides

By Nicole Bode on December 29, 2009 3:51pm | Updated on December 29, 2009 3:33pm

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg reportedly handed out 20% bonuses to his campaign staffers who helped him beat Comptroller William Thompson, the Daily News reports.
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg reportedly handed out 20% bonuses to his campaign staffers who helped him beat Comptroller William Thompson, the Daily News reports.
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Despite his narrow victory in last month’s election, Mayor Michael Bloomberg handed out a Christmas-worthy round of bonuses — to the tune of approximately 20 percent of his campaign staffers’ salaries, a source told the Daily News.

The bonuses will cap off an unprecedented round of campaign spending, in which Bloomberg has already doled out $102 million on his third-term run, the most of any municipal candidate in U.S. history.

Despite his massive war chest, Bloomberg eked by Comptroller Bill Thompson with a scant 4.6 percent margin.

The total amount of bonuses distributed will be released to the public on next month’s campaign filing deadline, Bloomberg’s spokesman told the News.

Details about how many campaign workers got the bonus or how much money each one received were not available. During his 2001 campaign, Bloomberg spent $73.1 million on the run and an additional $850,000 on bonuses for 11 staffers, the News reported.

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