2020 presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg used prison labor to make phone calls to support his run for president, according to The Intercept.
Bloomberg is a late entry into the race and wants to become the Democrat Party nominee to face President Trump next year.
As reported by The Intercept, Bloomberg’s campaign paid ProCom, a call center company, that used prisoners to make the phone calls to generate support for his presidential run.
The campaign responded in a statement, “We didn’t know about this and we never would have allowed it if we had.”
Bloomberg is worth about $50 billion and is spending millions to support his effort to replace President Trump.
The billionaire acknowledged his use of prison labor and ended the contractual relationship with the vendor.
Earlier today, a news outlet accurately reported that a subcontractor for one of our vendors was using prison workers to make phone calls on behalf of my campaign. After learning this, we immediately ended our relationship with that company.
Full statement below: pic.twitter.com/0KJ8y8Iqxj
— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) December 24, 2019
Meanwhile, Bloomberg is hitting the campaign trail hard.
The only way to defeat Trump in 2020 is by bringing the fight straight to him. That's why we're opening campaign offices in battleground states – like Pennsylvania.
Thanks to our hardworking team for getting our Philadelphia office up and running before the holidays. pic.twitter.com/SexHU1fWNO
— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) December 21, 2019