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    Michael Bloomberg Used Prison Labor to Make Campaign Calls

    The richest contender for the presidency in 2020 used prisoners to make phone calls to California for his campaign, reports the Intercept. Michael Bloomberg’s campaign contracted, through a third-party vendor, a New Jersey-based company called ProCom. That firm runs two call centers in Oklahoma that are operated out of state prisons. In at least one of those prisons, “incarcerated people were contracted to make calls on behalf of the Bloomberg campaign,” reports the Intercept’s John Washington.

    The Bloomberg campaign did not dispute the story but insists it had no idea that prison labor was being used to make campaign calls. “We only learned about this when the reporter called us, but as soon as we discovered which vendor’s subcontractor had done this, we immediately ended our relationship with the company and the people who hired them,” Bloomberg said in a statement he posted on Twitter. “We do not support this practice and we are making sure our vendors more properly vet their subcontractors moving forward.”
    It's too bad Bloomberg won't be reporting on this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy Jingo View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Michele
    With Biden showing all the signs of flagging...
    The beginning of polling on the issue at the rightwing RCP is Biden at 29.0% on December 10, 2018. Their last data point, November 7th, has him at 28.3%.
    I predicted a quick fold for Biden, and I'm wrong.

    I still think Biden's support is not much more than testimony about the weakness of the Democratic field. A man who sucks his wife's fingers at the podium is a serious contender?

    But at some point in the early primaries such support will become simply an affirmation that the Democrats have given up on winning the White House in 2020.

    BTW, Merry Christmas, BJ!
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    Bloomberg? he is a real candidate? Or a goner...…...

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    Maybe Bloomberg will finally put to rest the idiotic notion that money buys elections.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 80zephyr View Post
    Maybe Bloomberg will finally put to rest the idiotic notion that money buys elections.

    Mark
    Quote Originally Posted by 80zephyr View Post
    If Money Buys Elections...

    Why is Jeb Bush losing?

    Mark
    Quote Originally Posted by Norm dePlume View Post
    Who says that money buys elections? I've never seen anyone claim it was that simple. Money is necessary for elections, and politicians spend an insane amount of their time raising money for elections, and large donations buy access to politicians, but it's not as simple as whoever spends the most wins. This thread is an exercise in dumbing down the idea and then calling it dumb.
    Quote Originally Posted by 80zephyr View Post
    The left claims that you can buy an election. They are full of bullshit. The MESSAGE gets you elected. The money helps get that message out. Whats wrong with that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norm dePlume View Post
    I don't believe you. Show me where the left claims this. I think you're dumbing it down.
    Quote Originally Posted by 80zephyr View Post
    If the left doesn't claim it, then why were they against the SCOTUS decision?

    I mean, if you don't think money can buy an election, why be against money in campaigns?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norm dePlume View Post
    Okay, I'll repeat myself, without any expectation that it will sink in. Money buys access. Political contributions get politicians to take your calls, seek your input on legislation, get your people on regulatory review boards, et cetera. It is a corrupting influence, and certain SCOTUS decisions are chipping away at the authority of law to regulate it.

    And while a pile of money may not guarantee a win, a lack of money will certainly guarantee a loss. And so long before there are political primaries to winnow down the candidates to one nominee per party, there is a less visible "money primary" where prospective candidates shop themselves around to billionaires who pledge or deny their support, limiting the field before the lowly voters get a crack at it. In Iran, they have democratic elections. But every candidate on their ballot must be pre-approved by a group of religious leaders called the Supreme Council. So we don't consider them a real democracy. They're a theocracy. In our country every candidate for national office effectively must be pre-approved by billionaires. Or, as Bok put it, they have mullahs and we have moolah.
    It didn't sink in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norm dePlume View Post
    It didn't sink in.
    I have no idea that you spoke for every leftist in America Norm. The left, by their actions show us exactly what they believe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 80zephyr View Post
    I have no idea that you spoke for every leftist in America Norm. The left, by their actions show us exactly what they believe.

    Mark
    Show me where the left claims this. I think you're dumbing it down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norm dePlume View Post
    Show me where the left claims this. I think you're dumbing it down.
    How does the left feel about Citizens United?

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    I see that Judge Judy is shilling for Bloomberg.
    Robert Francis O'Rourke, Democrat, White guy, spent ~78 million to defeat, Ted Cruz, Republican immigrant Dark guy …
    and lost …
    But the Republicans are racist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 80zephyr View Post
    How does the left feel about Citizens United?

    Mark
    Show me where the left claims this. I think you're dumbing it down.

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