The Democrats have set their sights on the crucial swing state of Florida – by spending tens of millions of dollars to bribe felons to vote in the 2020 election.
Just days after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis won a court battle to keep felons from voting until they’ve paid off fines, restitution and court fees, former Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg has stepped in to pay off their debts in an effort to circumvent the court ruling – and earn more votes for the Democrats.
Bloomberg is pouring $16 million of his own money into paying court fines and fees for nearly 32,000 Black and Hispanic convicted felons.
Desperate to muster up support for Democratic candidate Joe Biden, Bloomberg is quite literally trying to create new voters out of thin air.
“We know to win Florida we will need to persuade, motivate and add new votes to the Biden column,” according to a Bloomberg memo, the Washington Post reported. “This means we need to explore all avenues for finding the needed votes when so many votes are already determined.”
“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 continued.
The state’s Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, previously signed a bill which stipulates that felons must pay all fines, restitution, and other legal financial obligations before their sentences could be considered fully served, and allow them to participate in voting.
While activists have attempted to challenge the Desantis bill – claiming that it somehow disproportionately targets minority felons, a federal appellate court ruled on Sept. 11 in favor of Desantis. The case could have broad implications for the November elections. Florida has 29 electoral college votes that are crucial to President Donald Trump’s hopes of staying in the White House.
Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz warned that Bloomberg may face a criminal probe over the shady method of cooking up new votes for Biden.
Speaking to Fox News’ “Hannity” Tuesday evening, Gaetz said that he had spoken to Florida’s Attorney General Ashley Moody prior to his appearance on the show about Bloomberg’s voter effort in the state.
“I believe there may be a criminal investigation already underway of the Bloomberg-connected activities in Florida,” Gaetz told Hannity.
“[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. 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. 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,” the Florida Republican argued, referencing a Washington Post report.
Gaetz pointed to the earlier referenced Bloomberg memo, stating that this alone could help prove that this is a form of bribery by Bloomberg.
“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,” he told the network.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has a slight 1.6 point edge in Florida, according to Real Clear Politics. That’s down from a 5-point advantage the former vice president held over the GOP incumbent a month ago.
Back in 2016, President Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in Florida to help secure his landslide Electoral College victory over his Democrat opponent.