Michael Bloomberg’s Hiring Spree
Ryan Grim, reporting for The Intercept:
[Bloomberg] is hiring armies of staffers and canvassers in nearly every state in the country at eye-popping salaries, poaching talent from other campaigns and progressive organizations that are now struggling to fill jobs. In just three months, the Bloomberg campaign has hired thousands of people to staff more than 125 offices around the country, the New York Times reported Thursday.
Progressive groups, local campaigns, and presidential operations are either losing staff to the Bloomberg campaign, or are struggling to hire people because the former mayor has picked so many political operatives and canvassers up, according to interviews, emails, and messages from dozens of people involved in hiring.
Don’t underestimate the impact of this level of staff spending as we get deeper into the primary election calendar. Bloomberg is probably also moving aggressively to scoop up senior staff from competing campaigns as candidates withdraw. In the past, this sort of hiring doesn't typically happen until after a nominee has been chosen — and even then it’s more out of necessity (they’re the only job in town) rather than via competitive salary offerings.
My question is what happens if Bloomberg doesn’t win the nomination, but keeps his pledge to maintain his campaign infrastructure through Election Day. How does the eventual nominee build a staff?