Michael Bloomberg, the former New York city mayor who suspended his Democratic primary push, donated $2 million dollars into efforts to boost turnout for Black voters in 8 key states.
What We Know:
- Bloomberg donated $2 million dollars to a non-profit called Collective Future. This non profit is focused on “the challenge of African American under-representation in elected seats of power throughout our nation”.
- Collective Future said that the funds donated by Bloomberg will be used to partner with civic groups and hire field organizers to boost voter registrations in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin.
- “Voter suppression efforts across the country have been a barely disguised effort to keep Black Americans and other Democratic-leaning voters from the polls,” Bloomberg said in a statement on Monday. “I’ve always believed we need to make it easier for all citizens to register and vote, not harder.”
- Collective Future said their goal will be to register 500,000 black voters.
- “There is a critical need for Black voter engagement across the country in the 2020 election and beyond and we are deeply grateful to Mike Bloomberg for his partnership and dedication to this critical cause,” advised Quentin James, president of The Collective. “His significant financial contribution will propel our work to historic levels and we are hopeful that this game-changing investment will be supported and replicated by those who embrace the need to advance the Black community.”
- Bloomberg has never changed his determination to beat Donald Trump in the upcoming elections, “I entered the race for president to defeat Donald Trump. And today, I am leaving the race for the same reason, to defeat Donald Trump.”
Bloomberg previously donated $5 million to former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams’ Fair Fight organization, which also works to combat voter suppression.