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Money From Facebook’s Zuckerberg Used to Undermine Election, Violate Law: Report

electionHundreds of millions of dollars from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was used to violate election laws, according to a new report.

The Amistad Project of the Thomas More Society, a national constitutional litigation organization, released the 39-page report, alleging that Zuckerberg’s $500 million given to election officials was used to treat voters unequally and improperly influence the election for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

The bulk of the funds went to the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL), a nonprofit started by former managers and staff at the New Organizing Institute, a progressive nonprofit.

According to the report, the nonprofit earlier this year “began sending agents into states to recruit certain Democrat strongholds to prepare grants requesting monies from” it.

For example, the center gave $100,000 to Cory Mason, the mayor of Racine, Wisconsin, to recruit four other cities to develop a plan and request a larger grant from it. Those five cities submitted such a plan in June and received $6.3 million to implement it.

That kind of privatization of elections “undermines the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), which requires state election plans to be submitted to federal officials and approved and requires respect for equal protection by making all resources available equally to all voters,” the report states.

“The provision of Zuckerberg-CTCL funds allowed these Democrat strongholds to spend roughly $47 per voter, compared to $4 to $7 per voter in traditionally Republican areas of the state. Moreover, this recruiting of targeted jurisdictions for specific government action and funding runs contrary to legislative election plans and invites government to play favorites in the election process.”

Mason’s spokesperson didn’t respond to a request for comment, nor did a Facebook spokesperson nor CTCL’s media office.

“This effectively is a shadow government running our elections,” Phill Kline, director of the Amistad Project, said at a press conference in Virginia.

“Government has the core responsibility of managing elections. We don’t put out elections for bid. We don’t have elections brought to you by Coca Cola. It is government’s job to manage elections, and it must do so without a thumb on the scale,” he added.

The project said the main foundations funding the efforts include The Democracy Fund, New Venture Fund, Skoll Foundation, and Knight Foundation

Other nonprofits deemed key to distributing the money besides CTCL were named as the Center for Electronic Innovation Research, the Center for Civic Design, the National Vote at Home Institute, the Center for Secure and Modern Elections, and Rock the Vote.

None immediately responded to requests for comment.

Reprinted with Permission from - Epoch Times by - Zachary Steiber

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Linda King
10 months ago

I guess what most people will do is keep supporting Zuckerberg by participating in Facebook. I’ve never been on Facebook and never plan to be. I believe it’s just a place where people go to gossip and try to make themselves look important. I’ve always got excuses from people as to why they’re on their and the most popular is “I like to interact with my family and that’s how I get to see pictures of my family members. If I want to interact with my family and friends, I’ll visit them, call them or text them

PaulE
10 months ago
Reply to  Linda King

As someone who spent nearly 40 years in the computer and software industry, I have to tell you that social media is the biggest waste of time I’ve ever seen. I don’t use Facebook or any of the other major social media platforms either for a variety of reasons beyond what you mention.

The people who use platforms like Facebook or any of the other social media sites don’t seem to understand that they themselves are the product. Virtually everything you type or look at on these sites, along with your user information, is constantly vacuumed up by these companies to sell to anyone and everyone. Its called monetizing of user data. That is how all these companies can offer their service “free to their users” and still make tens of billions of dollars a year in profits by selling every bit of information they gather on you. That is where Zuckerberg gets the money to interfere in our national elections and finance other leftist schemes. Yet the public, for some strange reason, continues to spend hours a week on these sites making more money for Zuckerberg and the other social media companies. Then at the same time, all these users complain about personal censorship, privacy concerns and the incredible influence these companies have on what they can or cannot see related to various news stories. Go figure.

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