Michael Bloomberg pays fines for 32,000 felons to restore their voting rights in Florida

by Peter Heck · Sep 24th, 2020 9:51 am

Last Updated Sep 26th, 2020 at 12:59 am

Former New York City mayor and previous Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg is making good on his promise to spend considerable amounts of money in an effort to defeat President Trump, most recently helping pay the fines and fees of 32,000 convicted Florida felons in order to restore their voting rights before November.

Due to a Florida state constitutional amendment in 2018, felons who have served their debt to humanity may regain their voting rights once they have paid all outstanding fines and fees. Bloomberg raised more than $16 million for the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, which also added $5 million to the cause.

"The right to vote is fundamental to our democracy, and no American should be denied that right," Bloomberg said through a representative. "Working together with the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, we are determined to end disenfranchisement and the discrimination that has always driven it."

Although Bloomberg did not acknowledge partisan motivation, the FRRC shared a New York Times op-ed entitled "This is How Bloomberg Can Help Biden Win Florida," which urged Bloomberg to spend some of his personal fortune to pay those fines and fees of felons.

"An even more politically effective, and charitable, use of those dollars might be to help pay off the debts of Floridians who have financial obligations related to a felony conviction — as LeBron James and the group behind More Than a Vote did this summer," the article read.

? Just this month, Bloomberg announced a $100 million investment in electing Joe Biden as president.


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