Michael Bloomberg was also a Democratic presidential candidate. (JUSTIN LANE)
Miami.- Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced on Monday that he will give $ 4 million to the campaign of Democratic candidate for the White House, Joe Biden, in Florida, one of the key states in the presidential elections on November 3.
In a statement sent to the Miami Herald newspaper, the one who was also a candidate for the Democratic nomination explained that the funds will be allocated to grassroots organizations that work to promote the vote among minorities and communities or “underrepresented” with face-to-face and expensive actions. to face.
The coronavirus pandemic affected the work of these organizations, said Bloomberg, who stressed that it is still necessary to “involve the voters, inform them of what is at stake in this election and make sure they know how to make their voice heard at the polls. ”.
“And that's especially true in Florida, where ballots have already been mailed and early voting begins in just three weeks,” added the mogul.
The funds announced today are part of his commitment of $ 100 million to support the campaign of former Vice President Biden (2009-2017) in Florida, a key state in which the Democrat barely takes a 1.3% advantage according to the specialized portal RealClear Politics .
The former mayor recently announced that he raised more than $ 16 million to help pay fines of up to 32,000 exreos for Florida non-serious crimes so they can vote in the November presidential elections. The ex-convicts are mostly African American, who tend to be more inclined to vote for Democrats, and Latinos who regained the right to vote in a 2018 plebiscite with a large vote in favor.
However, they were conditioned in 2019 by a law put in place by the governor of Florida, Republican Ron DeSantis, which first requires them to pay restitutions and other court costs before they can vote again.
President Donald Trump, who is seeking reelection, on Sunday called Bloomberg's action toward exreos a “serious crime,” specifically a bribe to get them to vote for Democrats.
“He's desperate to fall back to the grace of the people who not only brutally defeated him, but made him look like a total fool. Now he has committed a serious crime! ”He said in a message on his Twitter account.
Of the $ 4 million released Monday, one million will go to promote voting among African Americans in central and north Florida, while $ 1.5 million will go to voters in “historically underrepresented areas in the center” of the state.
The remaining one and a half million will go to the group Somos PAC, which works with Hispanic voters in Central Florida, whose president Melissa Morales told the newspaper that the money from Bloomberg will allow them to expand their work and speak with hundreds of thousands of Latino voters to less than 40 days of the presidential elections.