Florida attorney general scrutinizing Bloomberg paying fines for felons to vote

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody (R) is asking the FBI and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate billionaire Mike Bloomberg’s effort to help felons in Florida register to vote for “potential violations of election laws.”

Bloomberg, a former Democratic presidential hopeful, announced earlier this month that he would spend millions to help convicted Florida felons pay court fees so they can become eligible to vote in the hotly contested swing state. 

Florida passed a law in 2018 reinstating voting rights for up to 1 million felons that dictated they could register only if they complete “all terms” of their sentences. The state legislature and Supreme Court decided that “all terms” includes fines and fees.


“After preliminary reviewing of the limited public information and law, it appears further investigation is warranted,” Moody wrote in a letter to law enforcement, citing news articles about Bloomberg’s fundraising. 

In the letter, Moody says Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisOnce the slam-dunk nominee, Trump's 2024 aspirations already toast after Capitol chaos State and federal officials wrestle over vaccine rollout, delays Governors respond to violence at Capitol MORE (R) asked her to look into the fundraising effort. 

Moody’s letter comes a day after Florida Republican Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzThe Memo: Historic vote leaves Trump more isolated than ever Top Republican congressional aide resigns, rips GOP lawmakers who objected to Biden win House GOP leader tells members to quit spreading lies on riot, antifa MORE called for an investigation into Bloomberg’s fundraising, which he described as a “bribe.”

“It’s not every felon. It’s just those which they have specifically identified as the Biden voters,” Gaetz said on Fox News. “That’s offering a bribe, an inducement, for someone to behave a certain way in voting.”