Bloomberg Companion Diana Taylor Co-Hosting NYC Fundraiser For Raimondo

Jun 8, 2016

Governor Raimondo, with House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, earlier this year.
Credit Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

With more than $1 million in her campaign account, Governor Gina Raimondo is getting a boost Wednesday evening from one of the nation's wealthiest families.

Diana Taylor, the longtime significant other of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Bloomberg's oldest daughter, Emma Bloomberg, are co-hosting a Manhattan fundraiser for Raimondo, RIPR has learned.

Taylor served as the de facto first lady of New York during Bloomberg's time as mayor. She's a former superintendent of banks in New York.

Emma Bloomberg is an education advocate who has worked in philanthropy and been seen by some as the possible future steward of her father's fortune. (Michael Bloomberg's personal wealth has been estimated at $36 billion, although that estimate may be low.)

Emma Bloomberg contributed $1,000 a year to Raimondo in 2012, 2013, and 2014, and $500 in 2014. Her father gave $1,000 to Raimondo in 2014, the year when she won office as governor.

Michael Bloomberg, who previously supported Lincoln Chafee, hosted a fundraiser for Raimondo in 2013; a spokesman for the former mayor said at the time he considered Raimondo "one of the real superstars" of contemporary politics.

No taxpayer money is being spent as part of the governor's trip to New York, according to her office.

In 2009, Bloomberg spent $102 million to win his third term as mayor -- the equivalent of about $183 a vote. That's considerably more than the roughly $8.59 per vote spent by Raimondo in 2014.

The governor's first quarter fundraising pushed her war chest over the $1 million mark, from a previous balance of $764,996.

Raimondo recently told RI Public Radio that she plans to seek re-election and will not take a post in Hillary Clinton's administration if the Democrat beats Donald Trump in November.