Michael Bloomberg
**FILE** Michael Bloomberg (Courtesy of mikebloomberg.com)

Former Democratic presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg has donated $2 million to help fund a super PAC supporting Black candidates nationwide and its new voter registration initiative targeting Black voters in eight crucial states ahead of the November election.

Collective Future, the nonprofit arm of super PAC Collective, will work to register 500,000 African Americans to vote through engagement with key faith-based, education, youth and civic partners across Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin to maximize Black voter turnout across the South and Midwest, The Washington Post first reported Monday.

“Voter suppression efforts across the country have been a barely disguised effort to keep Black Americans and other Democratic-leaning voters from the polls,” said the former New York City mayor, who ended his presidential bid Wednesday. “I’ve always believed we need to make it easier for all citizens to register and vote, not harder. That’s why I strongly support Collective Future in their effort to register 500,000 Black Americans.

“These new voters could determine the November election — and the future of the country,” he said. “The stakes couldn’t be higher. So while our campaign for the presidency is over, our work to get America back on track is still growing.”

Collective President Quentin James said it’s not an exaggeration to suggest the 2020 election cycle will be one of the most consequential in American history.

“The last presidential election was decided by less than 80,000 votes and there are currently over 5 million unregistered Black Americans in our eight target states,” he said. “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. 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.”

While most of the nation is heavily focused on the presidential race, Collective Future is focused on winning up and down the ballot, particularly U.S. Senate and House races.

By registering 500,000 Black Americans across these key states, Collective Future will significantly aid in expanding electoral opportunities for Black Americans in the presidential and down-ballot races.

This increased participation of Black voters has the power to transform the electorates in those states, helping more Black voters get access to the ballot and have their voices heard in November, the organization said.

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