Michael Bloomberg (D), the former mayor of New York and a current presidential candidate, has received both support and criticism for entering the already crowded race for the white house.
While some support him and his vision for the America post 2020, critics on both sides of the aisle have slammed him for being a billionaire who’s trying to buy his way into the presidency.
Now, the former mayor is receiving criticism for his political actions, and this comes at a time when he’s a few weeks shy of entering the race.
The presidential hopeful is being blasted for using prison labor to make campaign calls.
In using a third-party vendor, the Mike Bloomberg 2020 campaign enlisted the help of ProCom, a New Jersey-based call center company, to run calls in Oklahoma and New Jersey.
Two of the Oklahoma call centers are operated out of state run prisons, and it’s being reported that in at least two of the state prisons prisoners were being contracted to make calls on behalf of the mayor’s campaign.
The anonymous source informed that people serving time at the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Center were making calls to the state of California on behalf of the mayor.
In response to the accusation, Julie Wood, a Bloomberg campaign spokeswoman commented that “we didn’t know about this and we never would have allowed it if we had.”
She added that “we don’t believe in this practice and we’ve now ended our relationship with the subcontractor in question.”
As the campaign looks to gain steady footing in the year ahead in hopes of defeating President Trump, commentators are calling this a big gulp of a start.