June 20, 2021

Michael Bloomberg says his presidential campaign used prison labour

US presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg has said that his campaign “unknowingly” used prison workers to call voters on his behalf.

The billionaire Democrat said he had cut ties with a vendor which operates two call centres in state jails.

Mr Bloomberg said he learned about the company’s use of prison labour only after receiving a call from a reporter.

He entered the election race in November with one of the largest-ever political ad buys.

His campaign’s use of prison labour was first reported by news site The Intercept, and confirmed by Mr Bloomberg in a statement on Tuesday.

“We do not support this practice and we are making sure our vendors more properly vet their subcontractors moving forward,” said the former New York mayor.

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