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Local television stations pocketed more than $332,395 in recent months by airing commercials from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s gun control group, and from a free-market foundation opposing Obama administration policies.

Bloomberg-financed Mayors Against Illegal Guns spent $232,702 in March and April in the Indianapolis TV market, according to FCC filings by the stations. The largest spend was with WISH-TV Channel 8, which received $88,450.

WTHR-TV Channel 13 raked in the second-highest total, collecting $77,540.

Bloomberg’s coalition includes Indiana mayors in Angola, Bloomington, Fort Wayne, Gary, Muncie and South Bend.

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, a Republican, did not join the group led by independent Bloomberg, whose other controversial crusade has been to crack down on sales of large-portion soft drinks in New York City.

Ballard spokesman Marc Lotter noted that the ads address proposed federal legislation coursing through Congress, and that Ballard prefers to keep his focus local.

“Mayor Ballard and [Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department] are focused on addressing the root causes of gun crimes in our city and that means pursuing and cracking down on violent gangs and drug dealers who primarily get their guns on the street and aren’t concerned with the law at any point in the process,” added Lotter.

Meanwhile, the Virginia-based Americans for Prosperity dropped nearly $100,000 on local TV station spots criticizing the effects of federal policies on the economy and other issues. Most of that amount was spent at NBC affiliate WTHR, which received $44,600, according to station records. WISH-TV billed $22,700 in Prosperity group ads.

Political battles can be a boon for TV station budgets. For example, spending on TV ads in the race for Indiana's open Senate seat between Republican Richard Mourdock and Democrat Joe Donnelly topped $25 million last year.
 

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  • Politicizng tragedy
    How pathetic that these people are politicizing the tragic death of children. They should be ashamed, but they they will do anything for power. Bloomberg is a Fascist, not an independent or republican.
  • Mayors Against Illegal Guns for others
    I'm glad Mayor Ballard doesn't buy in to what the Billionaire says! A little history on Mayor Bloomberg and his "Posse" of Mayors against the 2nd amendment rights of Americans: THE GODFATHER AND HIS GUN GRABBING GANG 1] Sheila Dixon, Baltimore, Md- Convicted of perjury and embezzling funds meant for charity. 2] Richard Corkley, Coaldale, Pa- Convicted of child pornography and bail violations. 3] Frank Melton, Jackson, Ms- Convicted of violating his own cities gun possession law. 4] Larry Langford, Birmingham, Al- convicted of 60 counts of bribery, fraud & tax evasion! 5] Gary Becker, Racine, Wi- Convicted of attempted child molestation and luring a child for illicit purposes. 6] David Donna, Guttenberg, Nj- Convicted of extortion and tax fraud. 7] Kwame Kilpatrick, Detroit, Mi- Convicted of assault on a police officer and perjury. 8] Pat M. Ahumada Jr, Brownsville, Tx- Arrested 3 times for driving while intoxicated. 9] Roosevelt Dorn, Inglewood, Ca- Pled guilty to public corruption and embezzlement charges. 10] Tony Mack, Trenton, Nj- Recently charged for accepting $119,000 in bribes. 11] Adam Bradley, White plains, Ny- Convicted of domestic violence charges. 12] Buddy Cianci, Providence, Ri- Convicted of assault and racketeering. 13] Gordon Jenkins, Monticello, Ny- Pled guilty on 5 counts of trademark counterfeiting. 14] April Almond, East Haven, Ct- Arrested and charged with interfering with a police officer. 15] Eddie Perez, Hartford, Ct- Convicted of bribery and extortion. 16] Will Wynn, Austin, Tx- Convicted of assault. 17] Samuel Rivera, Passdale, Nj- Convicted of extortion and accepting bribes. 18] Jeremiah Healy, Jersey City, Nj- Convicted of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
  • Independent
    IBJ: Bloomberg is an Independent not a Republican. He was a Republican but switched parties.

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