House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) on Tuesday, Sept. 22, said he has asked Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody to launch an investigation into former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg for potential bribery after he paid off a felon’s debts so they can vote.
“I just spoke to @AGAshleyMoody, she is all over the @MikeBloomberg-connected activities in Florida,” Gaetz tweeted.
“There may even be a criminal investigation already underway,” he added. “Law enforcement all over the country should be looking [out] for the cheating Democrats are going to try in this election.”
There may even be a criminal investigation already underway.
Law enforcement all over the country should be looking for the cheating Democrats are going to try in this election. pic.twitter.com/S5K5gl8lYt
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) September 23, 2020
Bloomberg, a New York Democratic billionaire, and former presidential candidate, pledged to pay the court fines and fees of nearly 32,000 black and Latino convicted felons who have been disallowed to vote. On Tuesday, Bloomberg reportedly raised more than $16 million for felons in Florida, who would likely vote Democrat in the upcoming election, to pay off their debts.
In Florida, felons must have served their sentence and paid all fines, restitution, and other legal financial obligations to have their voting rights restored.
“[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,” Gaetz told host Sean Hannity. “So the question is whether or not paying off someone’s fines and legal obligations counts as something of value, and it clearly does.
“If Michael Bloomberg was offering to pay off people’s credit card debt,” he added, “you would obviously see the value in that.”
Bloomberg previously announced he’d be investing $100 million in Florida to help elect Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and defeat President Donald Trump in November’s general election.
“The law is clear this is something of value, and I am encouraged after my conversation with the attorney general,” Gaetz said. “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. Because I start to get a sense that they know Donald Trump will win on the Election Day,” he added.