Bloomberg cuts ties with company using prisoners for campaign calls


Bloomberg cuts ties with company using prisoners for campaign calls
FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2019 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg gestures while taking part at the American Geophysical Union fall meeting in San Francisco. A top California Democratic Party official is leaving his post to run Bloomberg's presidential operation in the state. Bloomberg's campaign announced Tuesday, Dec. 24, that Chris Masami Myers will lead the billionaire businessman's campaign in California starting next month. (Source: Eric Risberg)

(CNN) - Presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg’s campaign has severed ties with a company that reportedly used prison labor to make calls for the campaign.

The former New York mayor’s campaign announced on Tuesday that it ended its relationship with the company after a report by The Intercept said one of the campaign’s vendors contracted a call center company called Procom.

According to the report, two of the call centers operate out of state prisons in Oklahoma.

A Bloomberg campaign spokesperson said the campaign doesn't believe in the practice and was unaware that the subcontractor was using it.

The spokesperson added that the campaign is asking its vendors to "more properly vet their subcontractors."

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