New York's mayor spent $73.9 million during campaign -- a record

NEW YORK -- Billionaire Republican Michael Bloom-berg spent more than $76 million of his own money to become mayor of New York City -- a record for a non-presidential election in the United States.

The final tally shows he spent $73.9 million during his race to defeat Democrat Mark Green, and $2.5 million on his transition and inaugural ceremony, according to papers filed by his campaign staff Friday.

That amounts to more than four times what Green spent.

Bloomberg, who is worth an estimated $4.5 billion, owns the financial data company Bloomberg L.P.

The mayor addressed the issue shortly after beating Green last November.

"If you could have told me how to do it cheaper, I would have been happy to hear that. I didn't win by that much," he said. "If I can make a difference in this city, it was worth every penny."