Bloomberg Campaign Cuts Ties With Firm That Used Prison Labor

Mark Niquette

(Bloomberg) -- Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said his presidential campaign has stopped working with a firm that provided phone bank services using prison labor.The Intercept reported Tuesday that a third party working for a subcontractor has at least one call center operated out of a state prison in Oklahoma where incarcerated people made calls on behalf of Bloomberg’s campaign.

Bloomberg said his campaign immediately ended the arrangement after learning about it from a reporter. “We do not support this practice and we are making sure our vendors more properly vet their subcontractors moving forward,” Bloomberg said in a statement he posted on Twitter.

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The former New York mayor entered the 2020 Democratic race late on Nov. 24, saying he reconsidered a decision not to run after seeing President Donald Trump get stronger politically and being concerned that no one the current field would beat him.

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