Criminal probe of Bloomberg’s efforts to pay Florida felons’ fines so they can vote may be underway

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While the Democratic Party went on for the better part of two years about Russian interference in our elections, the real interference continues to come from the party.

In an attempt to assist Democratic nominee Joe Biden, who is struggling in the key battleground state of Florida, according to polling, billionaire Michael Bloomberg has raised over $16 million to pay the court fines of convicted felons in the state so they can vote, and Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., is calling for an election bribery investigation.

 

Bloomberg, who failed in his bid to win the Democratic presidential primary, raised the money for a Florida Rights Restoration Coalition program that pays the fines, fees and restitution costs for former prisoners who are already registered to vote in the state, The Washington Post reported.

In Florida, convicted felons can regain their voting rights after being released, but only after paying all fines, restitution, and other legal financial obligations.

The funding is intended to cover the financial obligations of nearly 32,000 black and Hispanic voters with felony convictions, according to the newspaper, and to be clear, Bloomberg is targeting potential Democratic voters.

“We have identified a significant vote share that requires a nominal investment,” a Bloomberg memo read, according to the Post. “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%.”

Appearing on Fox News’ “Hannity,” Gaetz told host Sean Hannity Tuesday night he has spoken with Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody about a potential bribery probe of Bloomberg’s actions.

“I believe there may be a criminal investigation already underway of the Bloomberg-connected activities in Florida,” he said.

“Florida statute says that it’s a third-degree felony for someone to either directly or indirectly provide something of value to impact whether or not someone votes,” the GOP lawmaker explained. “So the question is whether or not paying off someone’s fines and legal obligations counts as something of value, and it clearly does.”

“If Michael Bloomberg was offering to pay off people’s credit card debt, you would obviously see the value in that,” Gaetz continued. “So, when you improve someone’s net worth by eliminating their financial liabilities, that’s something of value.”

He cited the Bloomberg memo as self-admission.

“Normally, it would be very difficult to prove that that was directly linked to impacting whether or not someone was going to vote,” Gaetz said. “But they literally wrote their own admission.”

“The law is clear this is something of value,” he added. “And I’m 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 because I’m starting to get the sense they know Donald Trump is going to win it on election day.”

The $16 million earmarked for convicted felons appears to be in addition to the $100 million Bloomberg has committed to spend in the state of Florida to help elect Biden, with a specific “focus” on Latino voters.

The election outcome in Florida may very well determine who the next president will be, and the race will likely be tight — former President George W. Bush won the 2000 election over Al Gore by 537 votes in the 2000 election.

To get a feel for just how important the state is, NBA primadonna star LeBron James, a raging liberal, has reportedly teamed up with the Florida Rights Restoration to send text messages to residents for the purpose of forwarding them to convicted felons, according to Outkick the Coverage.

James and the group are offering to pay for fines and fees so felons can vote for Joe Biden in the upcoming presidential election, Outkick reported, sharing a screenshot obtained on Monday.

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