Representative Matt Gaetz said that Mike Bloomberg may be facing criminal probes for paying off the fines and fees of Florida felons.
Bloomberg Buying Democrat Votes?
As I reported yesterday, Mike Bloomberg has donated $16 million to the Florida Rights Restoriation Coalition.
The donation is meant to help pay off the outstanding debts that black and Hispanic felons have to the state of Florida, specifically as part of a drive to gain more votes for Joe Biden.
A Bloomberg memo revealed that the former New York mayor saw the donations as “a more cost-effective way of adding votes to the Democratic column than investing money to persuade voters who already have the right to vote.”
“We have identified a significant vote share that requires a nominal investment.
The data shows that in Florida, Black voters are a unique universe unlike any other voting bloc, where the Democratic support rate tends to be 90%-95%,” the memo reads.
Democrats making big play for felons vote in Florida. Law says voting rights restored only after prison time served, fines paid. Now Bloomberg paying fines for felons–blacks, Hispanics only–to allow voting. From WP: https://t.co/JAVfzoZyZc https://t.co/PViosFpvLX pic.twitter.com/pi6IdDinJb
— Byron York (@ByronYork) September 22, 2020
Gaetz: “They Literally Wrote Their Own Admission”
In an interview with Fox News, Representative Matt Gaetz claimed that Bloomberg could be facing a criminal probe for his actions.
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“(Under Florida law) it’s a third-degree felony for someone to either directly or indirectly provide something of value to impact whether or not someone votes.
“So the question is whether or not paying off someone’s fines and legal obligations counts as something of value, and it clearly does,” Gaetz said.
“If Michael Bloomberg was offering to pay off people’s credit card debts, you would obviously see the value in that.
“When you improve someone’s net worth by eliminating their financial liabilities, that’s something of value,” Gaetz argued.
“Normally, it would be very difficult to prove that that was directly linked to impacting whether or not someone was going to vote. But they literally wrote their own admission,” he continued.
JUST IN: Rep. Matt Gaetz calls for investigation into Mike Bloomberg for “potentially engaging in bribery and vote buying in the state of Florida.”
Gaetz says Blooomberg is paying the “debts of felons in exchange for their votes. Not every felon,” just Biden voters. pic.twitter.com/hHSsn3PzEj
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) September 22, 2020
Gaetz: “The Law Is Clear”
Gaetz told Fox that the memo from Bloomberg could be viewed as bribery.
“The law is clear, this is something of value, and I am encouraged after my conversation with the attorney general. I hope we have good law enforcement all over the country looking for the cheating and the tricks that these Democrats are going to try in this election,” Gaetz concluded.
I argued yesterday that Bloomberg could fall afoul of Florida’s anti-discrimination laws, given that the program that Bloomberg pays into apparently specifically excludes white felons from being eligible to take part in the scheme.
If Gaetz is correct, that would mean Bloomberg’s actions are potentially even more illegal than I previously thought. Who could’ve seen that coming?!