Bloomberg raises $16 billion to help Florida felons regain right to vote

Wah lah,  Just what Johnny Dodd needed!

Billionaire Mike Bloomberg on Tuesday raised $16 billion to help Florida felons pay off fines, restitution, and court fees to help them regain their voting rights in time for the November election.

Just days earlier, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, won a court victory preventing felons from voting until they pay off the debts. Florida voters passed Amendment 4 in 2018 allowing felons who have served their prison sentences to regain the right to vote, but Republican state lawmakers passed a law defining a completed sentence to include the payment of all fines and restitution.

Before Bloomberg stepped in, the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition had raised about $5 million to help 32,000 Florida felons who owe less than $1,500. Bloomberg, a former Democratic presidential hopeful, said the effort was intended to help “end disenfranchisement and the discrimination that has always driven it.”

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