The following editorial is written by a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today
FLORIDA- We thought bribery was illegal? Well apparently, so does Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who is calling for an investigation into former Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg paying off outstanding debts of convicted Florida felons in exchange for votes. Quid pro quo anyone?
According to the Daily Caller, Gaetz is asking Florida’s attorney general to investigate Bloomberg’s attempt to buy votes 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
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.
“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,” Gaetz told Fox Business’ Lou Dobbs.
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 law bans convicted felons from voting if they have outstanding court costs, fines or fees.
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.
The Post reported that an internal memo revealed that Bloomberg had targeted 31,790 voters, of which 25,548 were black.
“We know to win Florida we will need to persuade, motivate, and add new votes to the Biden column,” the memo read, the report said. “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.
“Different people may give for different reasons, but we are in this for one reason, and that reason is to place people over politics,” Meade said. “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.
The New York Post reported later on Tuesday, Gaetz appeared with Sean Hannity on Fox News. He told Hannity that he had spoken to Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody about Bloomberg’s efforts to sway the Florida election in favor of Biden.
Gaetz also appeared with Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo to state his case:
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“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 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 said:
“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,” the spokesman told Axios.
Gaetz 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.”
“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 read.
Excuse us if this sounds maybe a bit racist? Just saying.
Gaetz was unmoved:
“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 Hannity.
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,” said Sheekey, who was Bloomberg’s campaign manager during his failed presidential run.
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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