The Bloomberg effect

Published 9:30 am Thursday, November 5, 2015

While I am writing this before Election Day, it will appear after polls have closed. By that time, we will have a clearer picture whether billionaire former New York City Mayor Bloomberg and the son of multi-billionaire Warren Buffet have bought the Virginia Senate.

Buffet is simply a liberal, excuse me, progressive New Yorker who our Governor has convinced that Virginians are dumb.

We are too dumb to figure out who to vote for without television commercials one after the other.

Bloomberg not only believes that Virginians are too dumb to not have his guidance, but also his fellow New Yorkers are just as dumb.

Other big spenders in the elections included the National Rifle Association. The National Rifle Association (NRA) put in one dollar for every six dollars that Bloomberg spent.

Their goal was not to match his investment but rather to show that there are two sides to safety and Second Amendment issues.

Governor McAuliffe invested over $2.5 million in just five races. I do not blame him for this. Clearly he had plenty of money gathered from around the nation.

Between the various Republican organizations, we were able to almost match the Governor and other Democrat organizations.

None of this is to say that there is a problem with contributions to elections; it is fair and reasonable.

However, all should be aware of who is giving and to whom.

The Virginia Public Access Project organization has done a great job of compiling where money is coming from and where it is going. 

Frank Ruff, a Republican, represents Charlotte County in the Virginia State Senate. His email address is