FLORIDA– On Thursday, we brought you the story of Attorney General Moody calling for a criminal investigation into Bloomberg’s pledge to paying to set prisoners free so they can vote.
That same day, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody discussed this investigation on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,”.
AG Moody said:
“You know, look, we have to have trust in our elections process,”
Florida AG Moody just confirmed on Fox that she has requested an investigation. As noted earlier, the biggest impact could be the securing of possible evidence and testimony just before an election. https://t.co/gYOxRHehLv
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) September 24, 2020
“It’s essential to a strong, stable democracy. And so, when you hear words like targeting certain voters, investing, and adding to a particular column, that doesn’t matter what party it is. That triggers Florida law, which under Florida law, you cannot directly or indirectly give anything of value to persuade or entice a vote.”
She went on to say:
“And so, as attorney general — and I believe any official charged with enforcing elections law, we have to be clear about what we’re doing, which is why when I asked for further investigation, I attached all the relevant law — even opinions that describe if you target even particular voters that may be predisposed to vote a particular way, that may be illegal,”
“And, you know, Americans can judge for themselves. They need to know that those that are in charge of the elections investigations are on it. I am hopeful that the FBI also takes notice. I directed them also to consider federal law.”
“Americans need to know that no stone will be left unturned, and investigations will proceed so that they can trust in these elections,”
Here is the complete story on the call for an investigation, that Law Enforcement Today brought you.
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FLORIDA- We thought bribery was illegal?
Well apparently, so does Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL), and Florida Attorney General, Ashley Moody who are calling for an investigation into former Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg paying off outstanding debts of convicted Florida felons so they can vote. Quid pro quo anyone?
According to the Daily Caller, Gaetz asked Florida’s attorney general to investigate Bloomberg’s attempt to buy votes some say are for the Biden campaign in the upcoming presidential election.
Florida is of course one of those “swing states” that will be important for either candidate if they wish to win the presidency.
#BREAKING: I'm calling on the Florida Attorney General to launch an investigation into @MikeBloomberg for potentially engaging in bribery and vote buying in the state of Florida. pic.twitter.com/2pAjZlAwSh
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) September 22, 2020
He says Bloomberg’s attempt to buy votes shows the sheer desperation of the left to do whatever it takes, be it launch mail-in voting schemes, ballot harvesting, or apparently bribing ex-convicts to vote for your guy.
It’s the height of desperation and shows that Democrats feel that they need to cheat in order to get Biden and his apparent dementia elected as president.
Gaetz told Fox Business’ Lou Dobbs:
“I will be calling the Florida attorney general to launch an investigation into Mike Bloomberg for potentially engaging in bribery and vote buying in the state of Florida,”
Well Attorney General Moody heard what Gaetz had to say, and apparently she agreed, as she has now sent a letter to the FBI and Florida Department of Law Enforcement requesting a criminal investigation.
— Capitol Outsiders (@CapOutsiders) September 24, 2020
According to CBS 12:
“The letter said that Moody’s office had reviewed Bloomberg’s pledge and referred the matter to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the FBI for a criminal investigation,”
It went on to say:
“Moody’s letter references Florida’s statute against paying for votes, referencing a Florida Department of State finding that said ‘even an otherwise innocuous offering of an incentive simply to vote can run afoul’ of state election law.”
Bloomberg, a billionaire with a virtually unlimited supply of money to spend, has pledged $100 million in order to help Biden win Florida, while raising approximately $16 million in order to pay court-ordered fines and fees for over 32,000 Black and Hispanic felons.
They are currently banned from voting due to having outstanding restitution fees, Fox News said.
Florida AG calls for investigation after Michael Bloomberg paid off $16million in felons' debts https://t.co/OosoSrvvxa
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) September 24, 2020
Florida law bans convicted felons from voting if they have outstanding court costs, fines or fees.
The letter from the Florida Attorney General’s office added the following statement from the Florida Department of State, Division of Elections, which came in response to an inquiry by a political committee:
“Even other innocuous offering of an incentive simply to vote could run afoul of section 104.045 or section 104.061, or both, depending upon the circumstances involved. That is, incentives could be offered to a voter in a way that would be designed to directly or indirectly cause the voter or a larger group of voters to vote in a particular manner. In such a case, the person giving the incentive could be guilty of violating section 104.061, Florida Statutes, which makes it illegal to “directly or indirectly give or promise anything of value to another in casting his or her vote.”
According to the Daily Caller, a Bloomberg adviser seeking anonymity told the Washington Post there were two motivations for Bloomberg’s paying fines.
“One, because it’s the right thing to do for Democracy. And two, because it immediately activates tens of thousands of voters who are predisposed to vote for Joe Biden.”
And there you have the money shot…the purpose of this is to buy votes—literally—for Biden.
Moodys letter concluded by asking for an investigation, stating:
“After preliminarily reviewing this limited public information and law, it appears further investigation is warranted,
“Accordingly, I request that your agencies further investigate this matter and take appropriate steps as merited.”
The Post reported that an internal memo revealed that Bloomberg had targeted 31,790 voters, of which 25,548 were black.
The Memo read, and the report said:
“We know to win Florida we will need to persuade, motivate, and add new votes to the Biden column,
“This means we need to explore all avenues for finding the needed votes when so many votes are already determined.”
Yes, “persuade, motivate, and add new votes” or if we can’t do that, we’ll just pay people to vote for Biden. Unbelievable.
We always knew that Democrats were desperate, but this is beyond what even the biggest conspiracy theorist could have dreamt up. If the Democrats didn’t have a weak candidate who can barely string a cogent sentence together, perhaps they wouldn’t have to stoop so low.
Bloomberg is working with a group called The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, which is a “non-partisan” group, according to Desmond Meade, the president of the coalition. He claimed that the group does not share the same “partisan goals as Bloomberg,” the Post said.
— Jim Weltzin (@JimWeltzin) September 24, 2020
“Different people may give for different reasons, but we are in this for one reason, and that reason is to place people over politics,
“We are concerned with people from all walks of life, from all sorts of politics.
Gaetz isn’t buying any of it and believes that Bloomberg’s move to pay the fines and fees could be construed as bribery.
“Mike Bloomberg…is creating a politically motivated way to retire the debts of these felons in exchange for their votes, and it’s not every felon. It’s just those which they’ve specifically identified as the Biden voters.”
Gaetz further said that Bloomberg’s actions amounted to “probably the worst waste of money,” in the Dobbs interview.
Gaetz also appeared with Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo to state his case:
Gaetz told Hannity:
“I believe there may be a criminal investigation already underway of the Bloomberg-connected activities in Florida,
“[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 of someone’s fines and legal obligations counts as something of value, and it clearly does.
“If Michael Bloomberg were offering to pay off people’s credit card debts, you would obviously see value in that.”
A Bloomberg spokesman told Axios:
“The right to vote is fundamental to our democracy and no American should be denied that right. Working together with the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, we are determined to end disenfranchisement and the discrimination that has always driven it,”
Gaetz, citing a Washington Post report argued that:
“When you improve someone’s net worth by eliminating their financial liabilities, that’s something of value.
“Normally, it would be exceedingly 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,” Gaetz said, citing a Washington Post report.
Bloomberg hasn’t even been trying to hide his intentions. The memo cited by the Post said that he saw this as a:
“more cost-effective way of adding votes to the Democratic column than investing money to persuade voters who already have the right to vote.”
The memo read:
“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%,”
— Henry Henderson (@os2hankh) September 24, 2020
Excuse us if this sounds maybe a bit racist? Just saying.
Gaetz was unmoved, as he told Hannity:
“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,”
Can you imagine what the over $100 million that Bloomberg has pledged to attempt to buy an election could do for disadvantaged people in Florida’s cities? One could imagine that the impact would be significant. That matters not…this is about power.
When the move to invest $100 million into Florida by Bloomberg was announced, his adviser Kevin Sheekey said that it would prove beneficial to other swing states as well.
“Voting starts on Sept. 24 in Florida so the need to inject real capital in that state quickly is an urgent need.
Mike believes that by investing in Florida it will allow campaign resources and other Democratic resources to be used in other states, in particular the state of Pennsylvania,”
— jasmine (@jasminemichigan) September 24, 2020
Moves such as Bloomberg’s should turn off any right-thinking American, be it Republican or Democrat. This is why big money and campaign finance reform is one of the most important issues of our time.
When someone like Bloomberg can dump hundreds of millions of dollars into one state in order to buy an election, that should sound alarm bells across the country.
Hopefully Gaetz and Attorney General Moody will be able to cut Bloomberg off at the knees with his vote buying scheme.
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