Billionaire Mike Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor, has reportedly severed ties with a company that used prison labor to place calls on behalf of Bloomberg’s presidential campaign.
According to a report by Gizmodo, the Bloomberg campaign had contracted ProCom, a New Jersey–based call center, through a third party vendor. The arrangement was cancelled after the campaign was contacted by an Intercept reporter, who, through an anonymous tip, learned the company was using prisoners in Oklahoma to place the calls.
The campaign was reportedly unaware that the prisoners were being used until notified by the Intercept. Had it known, it never would have allowed the arrangement, it said.
According to the Washington Post, Bloomberg has spent roughly $60 million on television and radio ads since November 24, when the campaign launched.