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Thanks to The Epoch Times, those of us who care now have the details …
… Facebook founder and multi-billionaire Mark Zuckerberg pumped $400 million of his own money into a non-profit organization which, in turn, directly funded local and state government election operations favoring Joe Biden.
The non-profit is Illinois-based …The Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL). It was CTCL which dumped the mega-millions into local government agencies in election battleground states.
The $400 million came from Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan.
On the front page of its December 2-8, 2020, edition, The Epoch Times reporter Zachary Stieber described the op this way in his opening paragraph …
… “A group that received hundreds of millions of dollars from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is accused in post-election lawsuits of contributing to constitutional violations in key battleground states.”
The Center for Tech and Civic Life / CTCL describes itself this way on its website:
“We connect Americans with the information they need to become and remain civically engaged, and ensure that our elections are more professional, inclusive, and secure. CTCL is a team of civic technologists, trainers, researchers, election administration and data experts working to foster a more informed and engaged democracy, and helping to modernize U.S. elections.”
The Epoch Times details how CTCL …
“… provided funding to more than 2,500 election offices across the country to run elections amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds were used to pay poll workers, put up ballot drop boxes, and acquire mail-in ballot equipment and supplies.”
According to the subject lawsuits – filed by the Thomas More Foundation’s Amistad Project – “accepting funding from a private group such as the center is barred by state and federal law.”
In the Georgia lawsuit, the Amistad Project says the unregulated private funds from CTCL were used to “consolidate counting centers in the urban core ‘to facilitate the movement of hundreds of thousands of questionable ballots in secrecy without legally required bi-partisan observation.’”
The Amistad Project also noted that, “some of the money went to judges overseeing the election.”
The Epoch Times specifically notes that, “Neither the center (CTCL) nor Zuckerberg responded to requests for comment.”
Never in my career have I heard or known of such private funding being poured into any state or parish / county election office by any private person or entity … anywhere, any time. Confirming my experience, here is an excerpt from one of the lawsuits:
“There is nothing in law that allows cities and counties to take in millions of dollars sourced to an incredibly wealthy, interested, and partisan actor (i.e., Zuckerberg) in order to ‘assist’ those cities and counties in administering the vote.”
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Weeks in advance of last month’s elections, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry filed suit “to prevent the injection of unregulated private money into the Louisiana election system,” evidence of how early the subject CTCL intrusion was recognized and named.
I have found no report from any source alleging / reporting that Zuckerberg funded or attempted to fund election activities in Louisiana.
President Trump’s strength here more or less guaranteed Zuckerberg / CTCL would not attempt here what he succeeded in doing elsewhere.
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