Mayor Bloomberg is "nobody's puppet." But is he a muppet?

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    Mayor Bloomberg says he's not a puppet of special interests, but is he a muppet to them? New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg kisses Miss Piggy as Kermit the Frog looks on during a news conference on April 13, 2012 in New York City.

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    While Bloomberg's fight against paid sick days proves he is no pawn of organized labor, the mayor does follow the Rockettes' party line. Bloomberg (C) celebrates New Year's Eve 2013 with the Rockettes at Times Square on December 31, 2012 in New York City.

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    He antagonized the beverage industry with his proposed sugary drink ban, but is Bloomberg in the pocket of big hot dog? Bloomberg (C) with hot dog-eating champions Joey Chestnut (L) and Sonya 'The Black Widow' Thomas (R) at Nathan’s 'Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest' on July 3, 2012 at City Hall in New York.

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    Mayor Bloomberg may have stood up to bar and restaurant owners with his indoor smoking ban, but he cozes up to the country music that plays in them. Country Music Association Executive Director Ed Benson (L) presents a guitar to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) in 2005. 

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    While Bloomberg has fought for increased regulation of smoking and junk food, he cuts red tape for the fashion industry. Fashion designer Michael Kors (L), Mayor Bloomberg (C), supermodel Heidi Klum (R) and Kenneth Cole kick off fall fashion week on February 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)

The county's richest mayor, New York's Michael Bloomberg, says he can't be bought, but cozy relationships with Miss Piggy, Nathan's, and the Rockettes suggest he has no problem bowing to "festive interests."

Click through the slideshow above to track Bloomberg's costumed power base. 

Bloomberg's third and final term is drawing to a close. The mayor claims that his wealth is a political asset -- meaning he can't be bought -- but there are two sides to that coin.

In his last State of the City speech, Bloomberg offered up one reason to support his aggressive agenda. "Special interests and campaign donors have never had less power than they've had over the past 11 years, and this year we're going to show them just how true that is," Bloomberg said.

"There are a lot of things the mayor has been able to do because of his immense personal wealth," Doug Muzzio, a professor at Baruch College and an expert on New York City politics, told the Marketplace Morning Report. "He doesn't need to take campaign contributions, he doesn't owe anybody anything."

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Katie Long is an associate producer for Marketplace Morning Report.


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