BELLEVUE, WA – Anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety lobbying group will spend at least $60 million to support gun control candidates in 2020, leading the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms to declare “Last year he bought Virginia, now he’s trying to buy the United States.”

“Virginia was a test of Bloomberg’s buying power,” CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb observed, “and look how that has worked out. Now his gun prohibition lobbying group is promising to roll out the big bucks to buy state legislative and congressional races nationwide. He is weaponizing his wealth in an attempt to purchase the presidency, along with Capitol Hill and every state legislature in hopes of forcing every American to live under his dictates.”

Bloomberg’s surrogates are reportedly focusing on 13 states including Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin. The effort also is targeting Republican Senators Cory Gardner of Colorado and Martha McSally of Arizona for defeat.

“Gun owners cannot allow Bloomberg to buy their gun rights,” Gottlieb warned. “The Constitution is not for sale, no matter how much money some wealthy demagogue is willing to spend.

“If anyone thinks Bloomberg is scary as a candidate,” he continued, “they will be downright terrified if he were to actually win the White House and have a majority of state and federal lawmakers beholden to him for getting them elected. That kind of power should never be allowed.

“We have watched Bloomberg’s money influence politics in Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Colorado and elsewhere with considerable alarm,” Gottlieb stated, “and now his Everytown lobbying group is not even being subtle about its intentions. Their goal is to oust as many pro-rights public officials as possible this fall, paving the way for the kind of government our forefathers threw off 234 years ago.

“This is a call to action,” he stated, “for every gun owner in the country to get engaged. Be sure you’re registered to vote at your current address, and make sure your friends and family members are registered. Start organizing get-out-the-vote efforts in your communities. Get involved in political campaigns and actively support candidates who support your rights, and above all, make protecting the Second Amendment your personal responsibility.

“Michael Bloomberg’s wealth does not give him the right to determine anyone else’s rights,” Gottlieb said. “America’s gun owners can’t let this country go on the auction block. There are no dollar signs on the Bill of Rights, not now, not ever.”