Bloomberg Raises Over $16M To Pay Fines For 32K Florida Felons So They Can Vote
Billionaire Michael Bloomberg reportedly has raised over $16 million to help pay the fines of convicted felons in Florida so they can register to vote in the upcoming election, according to The Hill.
- Axios reported that according to the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition’s estimation, Bloomberg has already raised enough to take care of the monetary obligations of 32,000 felons.
- In 2018, Florida passed a law reinstating voting rights for felons, allowing them to register once their fines, fees and restitutions to the government were paid in full.
- The Hill reported that the monetary obligations owed sometimes total more than $1,000.
- A Bloomberg spokesperson told Axios: "The right to vote is fundamental to our democracy and no American should be denied that right.”
- The spokesperson added: "Working together with the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, we are determined to end disenfranchisement and the discrimination that has always driven it."
Bloomberg, who ran in the Democratic primary for president, has endorsed the party's nominee, Joe Biden, and has donated at least $100 million to the former vice president's campaign to defeat President Trump.