Newly announced Democratic presidential candidate, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks during a press conference in Norfolk, Virginia on Nov. 25, 2019. – Drew Angerer—Getty Images

Bloomberg's Presidential Campaign Separates From A Firm Using Prison Labor

New York City’s former Mayor Michael Bloomberg has stated that his Presidential campaign has stopped working with a firm that provided phone bank services using prison labor.

On Tuesday, The Intercept reported that a third party working for a subcontractor has at least one call center operated out of a state prison in Oklahoma where prisoners made calls on behalf of Bloomberg’s campaign.

A spokesperson for Bloomberg’s campaign responded to the report stating, “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.”

Upon learning about what was happening from a reporter Blooomberg also took to Twitter to address the situation at hand. Bloomberg tweeted “We do not support this practice and we are making sure our vendors more properly vet their subcontractors moving forward.”

According to The Intercept the incarcerated individuals making the calls on behalf of the Bloomberg campaign were women from the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Center, a minimum security women’s prison.

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