Michael Bloomberg's presidential campaign used prison labor to make calls for his candidacy, it was revealed on Tuesday.
Bloomberg's mea culpa came after The Intercept reported the Bloomberg campaign had hired a telecommunications company called ProCom, which runs call centres in New Jersey and Oklahoma. The women told people they called at the end of each call that the calls were paid for by Bloomberg's campaign. "In at least one of the two prisons, incarcerated people were contracted to make calls on behalf of the Bloomberg campaign".
"We've never seen spending like this in a presidential race", Jim McLaughlin, a Republican political strategist who worked as a consultant for Bloomberg's mayoral bids in NY, told Politico of Bloomberg's spending.
"We do not support this practice and we are making sure that our suppliers examine their subcontractors more adequately in the future", he said.
The campaign would not disclose the name of the third-party vendor that hired ProCom or how much the campaign paid the vendor. One of the Oklahoma centers is operated out of a state prison.
John Scallan, a ProCom co-founder, stated his firm pays the Oklahoma minimal wage of $7.25 an hour to the Oklahoma Division of Corrections, which then pays the incarcerated folks working within the name facilities.
Coming into the race late, Bloomberg has plowed tens of millions of into his long-shot bid to take the White Home. "It's totally potential they didn't know", Friedmann informed me, "however that's like saying malls making garments in southeast Asia don't know that 5-year-olds are stitching collectively their soccer balls".
Bloomberg, who is worth more than $50 billion, entered the presidential contest in November.
A Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll conducted on Dec 18-19 showed about 5% of Democratic-leaning voters support the billionaire former mayor of NY.