Report: Billionaire Bloomberg Used Prison Labor to Make Campaign Calls
Billionaire Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg had Oklahoma prisoners make phone calls on behalf of his 2020 campaign, according to a report.
The campaign contracted the call center company, ProCom through a third-party vendor. ProCom has call centers in both Oklahoma and New Jersey. Two of the call centers are operated out of Oklahoma state prisons.
People incarcerated at the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Center, a minimum-security facility for women, were making calls on behalf of Bloomberg’s campaign, the Intercept reported based on information from a source who requested anonymity for fear of retribution.
Bloomberg’s campaign confirmed to The Intercept that it had an arrangement with ProCom via a third-party vendor, but said it did not know that prisoners would be involved. The campaign said it’s scrapped the relationship altogether in light of this revelation.
Bloomberg campaign spokesperson Julie Wood responded to the report, telling the Intercept, “We didn’t know about this and we never would have allowed it if we had. We don’t believe in this practice and we’ve now ended our relationship with the subcontractor in question.”
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