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Tue Sep 22, 2020, 09:34 AM

Bloomberg raises millions to help Florida felons vote

Bravo!! Take that, deSantis!

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/bloomberg-raises-millions-florida-felons-vote-73163026

Bloomberg raises millions to help Florida felons vote
Billionaire Mike Bloomberg is helping Florida felons pay their debts so they can vote in the presidential election
By BRENDAN FARRINGTON Associated Press
September 22, 2020, 9:17 AM


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Just days after after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis won a court victory to keep felons from voting until they've paid off fines, restitution and court fees, billionaire Mike Bloomberg has stepped in to help them pay off the debts.

The former Democratic presidential candidate has helped raise more than $20 million so that felons who completed their prison sentences can vote in the presidential election. Bloomberg also has pledged $100 million to help Joe Biden win Florida.

A federal appellate court ruled on Sept. 11 that in addition to serving their sentences, Florida felons must pay all fines, restitution and legal fees before they can regain their right to vote. 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.

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Organizers for the group say they aren't targeting people registered with a particular political party.

“To hell with politics, to hell with any other implications or inuations, at the end of the day it's about real people, real lives, American citizens who want to be a part of this,” said Desmond Meade, the group's executive director. “People with felony convictions have had their voices silenced for so long.”


The Florida Rights Restitution Council said other donors include John Legend, LeBron James, Michael Jordan, MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, Ben & Jerry’s, Levi Strauss & Co., the Miami Dolphins, the Orlando Magic, the Miami Heat and Stephen Spielberg.

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babylonsister Sep 22 OP
kentuck Sep 22 #1
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LAS14 Sep 22 #5
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Maeve Sep 22 #3
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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue Sep 22, 2020, 09:38 AM

1. Do felons vote Democratic?

Just curious. Are there some studies or polls on that? It seems to me that convicted felons might be inclined to vote for Trump?

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Response to kentuck (Reply #1)

Tue Sep 22, 2020, 09:44 AM

4. I don't know but the rethug party tried to

thwart their right to vote, which we in FL had voted to grant them. So maybe.

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Response to kentuck (Reply #1)

Tue Sep 22, 2020, 09:51 AM

5. I figure the very fact that the Fl Repubs WANT this law is enough reason for us to...

... want to circumvent it.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue Sep 22, 2020, 09:42 AM

2. This was the first thing I thought when I heard...

... about this Florida situation. What a perfect way for some really rich Dem to give them the finger!

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue Sep 22, 2020, 09:43 AM

3. A good use of money

Remember John Oliver buying off medical debt at pennies on the dollar so he could forgive it and free people

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue Sep 22, 2020, 10:20 AM

6. This is a great way to fight the GOP poll tax

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Tue Sep 22, 2020, 02:27 PM

7. Kicking for more exposure. Great story! nt

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