Billionaire Michael Bloomberg has reportedly raised more than $16 million in an effort to help convicted felons in Florida register to vote.
The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition estimated Bloomberg's fundraising push has already paid off monetary obligations for 32,000 felons, Axios reported.
There's evidence that they were specifically seeking out black and Hispanic felons, under the belief that such people are more likely to vote Democrat.
104.061 Corruptly influencing voting.—
(1) Whoever by bribery, menace, threat, or other corruption whatsoever, either directly or indirectly, attempts to influence, deceive, or deter any elector in voting or interferes with him or her in the free exercise of the elector’s right to vote at any election commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084 for the first conviction, and a felony of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084, for any subsequent conviction.
(2) No person shall directly or indirectly give or promise anything of value to another intending thereby to buy that person’s or another’s vote or to corruptly influence that person or another in casting his or her vote. Any person who violates this subsection is guilty of a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084. However, this subsection shall not apply to the serving of food to be consumed at a political rally or meeting or to any item of nominal value which is used as a political advertisement, including a campaign message designed to be worn by a person.
That's at least 32,000 felonies. Another section says that it's a felony to pay someone to register to vote but even if they try to wiggle out of the "register" part, even trying to influence someone's vote is still a felony. Every felon who accepted having their debt paid has (under another section) also committed a felony because they have accepted money in return for an influence over their vote.
Florida's AG and some Republican senators have called for an investigation into Mr. Bloomberg over these allegations. It would be amazing if this arrogant guy went to jail over this.