Did Bloomberg Violate Election Laws to Help Biden?
(RightWing.org) – If there’s one thing you can always count on with Democrats, it’s their ability to get creative. Despite presidential nominee Joe Biden significantly outspending the Trump campaign in battleground states, polls show that the race is razor tight in the majority of them. That has Democrats worried, which may have led to them violating election laws to try and get ahead.
Former billionaire Republican-turned-Democrat and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (D-NY) is throwing in millions of his own money to help Biden in Florida. Just over a month ago, Biden had a 5-point advantage in the sunshine state, according to the Real Clear Politics average of polls. It’s now a 1.6-point edge for Biden.
Florida Law Prohibits Felons From Voting Until Sentences are Completed
In 2018, a state constitutional amendment was approved by voters to allow felons voting rights be restored. There was just one catch: they had to fulfill their sentences. The only exception was for sexual assault and murder.
Soon after, the Republican-led state legislature passed a law that required all fines, court fees, and restitution to be paid for sentences to be considered fulfilled. On September 11, a federal appeals court sided with the legislature, and the law is now in full effect.
Bloomberg Is Trying to Get Around the Law
With a little creativity, Bloomberg is trying to get around the law. He helped raise $16 million for the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition. In turn, they will help approximately 1 million felons who can’t afford to pay their fines, court fees, or restitution. Once they pay up, their sentences are considered fulfilled, and they can vote. Critics say that Bloomberg is bribing people and paying for votes.
A memo obtained by the Washington Post suggests critics could be right. Bloomberg acknowledged that most voters have made up their minds and that the pool to persuade is shallow. Therefore, Democrats needed to “persuade, motivate, and add new votes to the Biden column.”
Bloomberg also said he believed that 90%-95% of blacks support Democrats, despite many polls showing Trump could have the support of between 14% and 20%, or more. The insinuation is that most felons are black, and therefore will vote for Biden, helping ensure he wins the election.
Calls for Investigation
According to Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and Attorney General Ashley Moot (R), Bloomberg violated Florida election laws. Moot sent a letter on Wednesday to the FBI and Florida Department of Law Enforcement, asking them to look into the issue. Additionally, she also ordered a lead prosecutor to work with law enforcement and any grand jury the governor may impanel.
BREAKING: Florida AG just sent this letter to the FBI and Florida Department of Law Enforcement asking them to look into "potential violations of election law."
Bloomberg's effort to pay off fines and fees of people w/ felony convictions is the target. pic.twitter.com/CT2pUhLPFu
— Danny Rivero (@TooMuchMe) September 23, 2020
Additionally, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is calling for an investigation, claiming Bloomberg is committing bribery and buying votes.
A lot is at stake for both Trump and Biden in Florida. Whoever wins Florida is likely to win the election. There are other paths for the loser of the state, but it’s incredibly challenging.
Only time and an investigation will tell if election laws were violated.
By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor
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