Bloomberg’s “team wants to collect data about voters on an unprecedented scale, match that data with consumer data… voter data… social-media profiles, and look for new ways to” manipulate their voting behavior on a national scale.

Edward-Isaac Dovere:

Whether or not he runs for president, the former New York City mayor is building the most powerful political organization in America.

Michael Bloomberg has bigger plans for 2020 than running for president. The billionaire and former New York City mayor has been openly dreaming of the White House for 25 years, and spent huge amounts of time and money four times over the past 10 years trying to figure out a way to get himself there.

But he has hesitations about this race, too. He’s not sure there is a realistic space in the Democratic primaries for his centrist record. And he almost certainly won’t run if Joe Biden does, members of his team believe.

While no final decision has been made, his aides have been working on a fallback that only a man worth $40 billion can afford. Bloomberg is pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into a data-centric political operation designed to ensure one goal: crush Donald Trump.