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bloomberg's billions

Michael Bloomberg's campaign is paying organizers nearly double his 2020 competitors

Michael Bloomberg's billions are showing.

The former New York City mayor made a late entry to the 2020 race at the end of November, and some of his first job postings are making it clear he's willing to spend a lot to make up for lost time. Field organizers are a typically low-paid piece of a campaign's staff, but Bloomberg is offering his $6,000 a month — the equivalent of $72,000 a year.

Bloomberg's salaries are more than any other Democrat is offering to its campaign organizers, and in some cases, it's more than double and triple his competitors' offerings. And they reaffirm the fact that Bloomberg is skipping out of early-primary states, with an application for the job not asking if candidates would be willing to relocate to Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, or South Carolina.

Before Bloomberg debuted his salaries, former Vice President Joe Biden's $38,700 salary per year after taxes and benefits was at the top of the pile, per The Atlantic. On the other side of the political spectrum, Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) field organizers unionized and reached a deal to up their salaries to $42,000 over the summer, and that's also what Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D-Mass.) campaign pays. And at the bottom of the pile was Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), who's paying $14,664 per year after taxes.