Florida AG Calls for Bloomberg Ex-Convict Fund Investigation | United States and Canada


Florida Attorney General is calling for an investigation into former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s nearly $ 20 million fundraiser to help convicted felons vote in Key Swing State.Attorney General Ashley Moody said Governor Ron DeSantis, an ally of U.S. President Donald Trump, asked her to look into donations, Politico reported Thursday.

Moody wrote in a letter to Michael McPherson, the FBI special agent in charge of the office’s Tampa office, and Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Richard Swearingen, that a “further investigation Was justified after a first review of the funding announcement.

“Accordingly, I call on your agencies to further investigate the matter and take appropriate action if necessary,” Moody said in the letter.

Voters in Florida in 2018 voted overwhelmingly to change the state’s constitution to overturn the lifetime voting ban for most convicts. However, the Republican-controlled Florida state legislature later passed a law requiring criminals to pay all unpaid legal fees before regaining their right to vote.

It is estimated that this could prevent nearly 800,000 people – the majority black or Latino – from voting.

Leonel Frage, 60, who has not been able to vote for over 15 years, proudly poses holding a document reinstating his right to vote at a special hearing to restore the right to vote under Amendment 4 of Florida in a Miami-Dade County courtroom [Zak Bennett/AFP]

“This transparent political ploy is just the latest example of Republicans trying to keep Floridians disenfranchised,” Jason Schechter, a Bloomberg spokesperson, said in a statement.

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Bloomberg separately pledged millions of dollars to rally Latino voters in Florida, saying: “[They] will play a vital role in the elections.

“President Trump has fueled the division in our country, including his relentless attacks on the Hispanic community,” said Bloomberg, 78, an independent who threw his financial weight behind Democratic candidate Joe Biden after a grim race for power. presidency earlier this year.

The pro-Biden organization “Priorities USA” said Thursday that Bloomberg had given him $ 6 million to campaign with the Latino electorate, a group which in Florida often stumbles given the large presence. anti-Communist voters of Cuban origin.

That is just a small part of the $ 100 million the media mogul has said he is willing to spend in the Southeast state, which is home to more than 21 million people.

On Wednesday, the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition – an organization that works to re-emancipate former convicts – said it had received some $ 20 million, much of which was raised by Bloomberg’s network, to help citizens previously incarcerated to pay fines and fees to restore their voting rights.

According to the New York Times, Bloomberg raised $ 16 million of this sum.

Bloomberg’s foray into the Florida countryside appears to have angered many Republicans across the state with 29 vital electoral college votes.

For years, Florida has been a key state in U.S. presidential elections: victory margins are often less than a percentage point, and Bloomberg’s decision to help former criminals could play a decisive role.

A recent poll suggested that Trump had to win the state to stay in power.


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