Billionaire Michael Bloomberg has reportedly raised more than $16 million in an effort to help convicted felons in Florida register to vote.
According to Axios, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition estimated Bloomberg’s fundraising push has already paid off monetary obligations and paid the fines for at least 32,000 felons.
“The right to vote is fundamental to our democracy and no American should be denied that right,” a Bloomberg spokesperson told the news outlet.
“Working together with the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, we are determined to end disenfranchisement and the discrimination that has always driven it.”
Florida passed a law in 2018 reinstating voting rights for felons that dictated they could register only if they pay all fines, fees and restitution owed to the government. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers Florida, last week ruled to uphold the law.
Bloomberg, who ran in the Democratic primary for president, has endorsed the party’s nominee, Joe Biden and has donated over $100 million to the former vice president’s campaign to defeat President Trump. Last week, several TV networks also pledged to donate money to the cause.