Weinstein recorded robocall in 2005 for Bloomberg's mayoral reelection campaign

David Caplan
February 25, 2020 - 7:54 pm
Michael Bloomberg and Harvey Weinstein

Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival


NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein recorded a robocall in 2005 for Michael Bloomberg's mayoral re-election campaign, HuffPost reported Tuesday, unearthing an article from that time. 

“New York City is a great place to make movies,” Weinstein said in the robocall, according to a report in the now-defunct New York Sun. “And we’ve got a great leader in Mike Bloomberg.”

HuffPost said it was unable to locate audio of the robocall. 

During his tenure as mayor, Bloomberg named Weinstein to the board of advisers of the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, which works with city agencies and nonprofits to coordinate philanthropic giving. 

Presidential candidates have been eager to point out that Bloomberg and Weinstein have a past togethet: The grassroots group People for Bernie unearthed a video of Bloomberg praising Weinstein.

Bloomberg's 2020 campaign has downplayed the relationship, saying, "When Mike was Mayor, New York’s film industry almost tripled in size and employed over 100,000 people a year as film companies and film production came back to New York,” Bloomberg spokesman Stu Loeser said. “And film company executives gave back to New York ― eight years before the truth about Harvey Weinstein was known, he was known for helping raise tens of millions of dollars for 9/11 responders and for helping to spur Lower Manhattan’s rebirth."