Former New York Metropolis Mayor Michael Bloomberg appeared to unwittingly use jail labor to make telephone calls on behalf of his 2020 presidential marketing campaign, in response to a brand new report.

The Intercept reported on Tuesday that Bloomberg’s presidential marketing campaign had contracted a name middle firm referred to as ProCom “via a third-party vendor.” The report famous that two of the corporate’s three name facilities are “operated out of state prisons” in Oklahoma, with not less than one among them utilizing its prisoners to make telephone requires the marketing campaign.

Based on the report, prisoners from the Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Heart, an all-women jail, had made telephone calls to California voters and had been “required to finish their calls by disclaiming that the calls had been paid for by the Bloomberg marketing campaign.” However because the Intercept famous in its report alleging that the marketing campaign “exploited” the inmates, they didn’t reveal that “they had been calling from behind bars.”

The Bloomberg marketing campaign acknowledged the obvious association to the Intercept, however mentioned they had been initially unaware and have since severed ties with the seller upon studying that it relied on jail labor. The marketing campaign additionally confirmed these particulars when contacted by Fox Information, saying they’ve requested distributors to raised vet subcontractors going ahead.

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“We didn’t find out about this and we by no means would have allowed it if we had,” Bloomberg spokesperson Julie Wooden mentioned in a press release. “We don’t consider on this apply and we’ve now ended our relationship with the subcontractor in query.”

Bloomberg’s information group was additionally underneath fireplace this week for what has been described as a “hit piece” on Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., regardless of a vow from the editorial board that it might not examine the previous mayor’s Democratic rivals.

Fox Information’ Kelly Phares contributed to this report.