Bloomberg PAC may target Dem who voted against background checks

Mayors Against Illegal Guns is reportedly considering running an ad campaign against Sen. Mark Pryor

By Jillian Rayfield

Published April 24, 2013 5:01PM (EDT)

Michael Bloomberg's super PAC, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, is reportedly considering running an ad campaign against Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas, who was one of four Democrats to vote against the Senate's measure to tighten gun background check laws.

The National Journal cites an anonymous senior official in the group, who said senior members of the super PAC met to discuss possible responses to the failure of gun control legislation:

The Bloomberg group is mulling a variety of messages and methods for Arkansas. One approach would be to target reliable Democratic voters, including African Americans, with advertising that calls out Pryor for “opposing the president’s agenda,” the official said. Another would be to expand the campaign to suburban women and other moderates. The campaign might not be limited to the issue of guns.

“Money would not be an object,” the official said, adding that a decision on whether to target Pryor would come soon and that action against other Democrats is still possible.

Pryor is one of the more vulnerable Democrats up for reelection in 2014.

Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

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