Billionaire Mike Bloomberg will spend $16 million to pay for fines and fees for nearly 32,000 convicted criminals in Florida. Bloomberg’s goal is to get these people, of black and Latino origin, to vote for Joe Biden in the Nov. 3 presidential election.
According to a bill enacted by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and ratified by Justice earlier this month, offenders must pay all fines, restitution, and other legal financial obligations before their sentences are considered fully served and they are allowed to vote.
The state of Florida, a key battleground state has 29 electoral votes and plays a crucial role in the election between incumbent President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden.
Four years ago, Trump narrowly defeated Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in Florida, and the local Legislature now has a Republican majority. That’s why Biden’s campaign and Democratic leaders are investing huge amounts of money in the southeastern state.
“We know to win Florida we will need to persuade, motivate, and add new votes to the Biden column,” acknowledged a memo from Bloomberg launched to justify the leader’s support for the nearly 32,000 convicted felons.
“This means we need to explore all avenues for finding the needed votes when so many votes are already determined,” added the statement quoted by The Washington Post.
Likewise, the text recognizes that Biden was obtaining worse results in the Cuban American population than Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Bloomberg, who had initially run to represent the Democratic Party in the presidential campaign, had announced days ago that he would invest $100 million in Florida in his effort to get Biden elected.
The new contribution to pay off the state’s criminal debts, assigned to the Coalition for the Restoration of Florida’s Rights, is a separate sum.
Biden’s campaign in Florida has not been free of controversy with questions among different sectors close to the former vice president of Barack Obama for not reaching out strongly enough to the Latino community.
Both President Trump and Joe Biden have visited Florida in recent weeks in an effort to capture the vote of the state that promises to be hotly contested.