If this isn’t vote buying, it’s the next closest thing.
Fox News reports that the liberal billionaire and failed presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg is looking to pay the court fines and fees of convicted felons so that they can vote in the general election.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) had put up a roadblock earlier in the year with a bill that stops felons from voting until they pay all fines, restitution, and other legal financial obligations associated with their crimes. The bill survived a legal challenge, but it looks like Bloomberg has now found a way to get around that.
Bloomberg is sending roughly $16 million to Florida – to the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition – with the goal of enabling some 1 million felons to vote by eliminating their crime-related debts.
This $16 million is in addition to the $100 million that Bloomberg previously announced he would be pouring into the state to help Biden win.
“We know to win Florida we will need to persuade, motivate and add new votes to the Biden column,” a memo from Bloomberg reads, according to the Washington Post. “This means we need to explore all avenues for finding the needed votes when so many votes are already determined.”
When you come across this kind of talk, where someone is saying that they need to “persuade, motivate, and add” voters for Biden, while at the same time offering money to make it happen, it sure starts to look a lot like vote buying.
It’s not just Bloomberg either
In a separate article, Fox News reported that NBA superstar Lebron James is also working with Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, like Bloomberg, offering money to pay the legal fees and fines of Florida felons so they can vote.
According to Outkick the Coverage, James and the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition are “sending text messages to residents for the purpose of forwarding them to convicted felons.”
Here is a screenshot from Outkick:
Outkick obtained this screenshot Monday:
— OutKick (@Outkick) September 22, 2020
A key state
The likes of Bloomberg and James are pouring financial resources into Florida because, with 29 electoral votes, it is a key swing state. They are hoping that their money can tip the balance in the Democrats’ favor.
According to the latest Real Clear Politics poll tracker, Biden holds a slight lead over Trump in Florida, by 1.5 percentage points.