From the beginning Joe Lieberman's campaign has made an issue of Ned Lamont's wealth, and the fact that he's donated money to his own campaign. Lieberman's website even has a colorful graphic detailing how much of Lamont's own money has gone into his own campaign. From Joe's website you get the impression that he does not approve of self-financing.
Considering Lieberman's stance I was surprised to read GC's post about Lieberman getting so much assistance from NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg. In 2001 Bloomberg spend $74 million of his own money to win the election. The Lieberman campaign can't seem to mention Lamont without referring to him as a multi-millionaire. Will they refer to their new political patron as Billionaire Mike Bloomberg?
The Lieberman campaign has accused Ned Lamont of trying to buy the Senate seat, and now their chief ally is someone who literally did buy their way into office. According to Joe's graphic Ned Lamont has donated over $12 million to his own campaign. That's in addition to donations from supporters. It's also less than 25% of what Bloomberg spent.
If Lieberman wants to ally himself with Mike Bloomberg it's time to remove that graphic from his site, and erase the phrase Greenwich multi-millionaire from his campaign's vocabulary.
Meanwhile a week has passed and we still haven't received an explanation on Lieberman's $387,561 petty cash fund. As a means of comparison Matt Brower Hamlin over at MLN has his own graph posted comparing Lieberman's petty cash fund to the funds of others currently running for Senate.
Saul, Michael. "OUTSIDER? NO, JUST AN OUTSPENDER". New York Daily News. 5/22/05