Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan poured close to $420 million into local nonprofit election organizations to help turn out the vote in 2020 in heavily Democratic cities and regions, according to a revealing report published Tuesday.
Zuckerberg and his wife gave The Center for Technology and Civic Life and the Center for Election Innovation and Research a collective $419.5 million along with instructions to dole the funds out to local Democrat-controlled governments to implement voting methods, administrative procedures, voter outreach, and data-sharing arrangements ahead of the 2020 election, The Federalist reported.
“But this wasn’t traditional political spending. He funded a targeted, private takeover of government election operations by nominally non-partisan — but demonstrably ideological — non-profit organizations,” wrote Dr. William Doyle, Ph.D., a principal researcher at Caesar Rodney Election Research Institute in Irving, Texas, who also specializes in private funding of U.S. elections.
The report concludes that the 2020 election wasn’t “stolen,” but rather “bought by Mark Zuckerberg.”
“Analysis conducted by our team demonstrates this money significantly increased Joe Biden’s vote margin in key swing states,” Doyle wrote. “This unprecedented merger of public election offices with private resources and personnel is an acute threat to our republic, and should be the focus of electoral reform efforts moving forward.”
He states clearly: “The 2020 election wasn’t stolen — it was likely bought by one of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful men pouring his money through legal loopholes.”
Doyle explained that, based on his findings, the CTCL and the CEIR moved the hundreds of millions provided by the Facebook CEO through to the election offices of local governments, but the money came “with strings attached.”
He said that every one of the two umbrella organizations’ grants “spelled out in great detail” how the money was to be spent, adding the issue isn’t “a matter of Democrats outspending Republicans,” but rather one of “private funding” of the manner in which elections are administered, something “virtually unknown in the American political system” before last fall’s elections.
The analysis by Doyle and his team found that the grants distributed by the two groups were not about “traditional campaign finance” and “lobbying” or any other expenditure normally linked to “increasingly expensive” elections in modern times. Rather, the money was aimed at infiltrating “left-wing activists” into local election offices which they then utilized “as a platform to implement preferred administrative practices, voting methods, and data-sharing agreements.”
In addition, the funds were also to be used by those same activists for voter outreach in deep-blue regions and cities.
“For instance, CTCL/CEIR funded self-described ‘vote navigators’ in Wisconsin to ‘assist voters, potentially at their front doors, to answer questions, assist in ballot curing … and witness absentee ballot signatures,’ and a temporary staffing agency affiliated with Stacey Abrams called ‘Happy Faces’ counting the votes amidst the election night chaos in Fulton County, Georgia,” Doyle wrote.
One of the Zuckerberg-funded groups, CTCL, demanded the suspension of state voting laws to allow for the implementation of universal mail-in balloting, stretching early voting deadlines to favor mail-in balloting over voting in person, and widening opportunities to “cure” ballots. Also, the group funded expensive bulk mail campaigns and “lavish ‘community outreach’ programs” that were directed by the activists.
“CTCL drove the proliferation of unmonitored private dropboxes (which created major chain of custody issues) and opportunities for novel forms of ‘mail-in ballot electioneering,’ allowed for the submission of numerous questionable post-election-day ballots, and created opportunities for illegal ballot harvesting,” Doyle wrote.
The organization also dramatically boosted funding for temporary staffers and poll workers, which led to the “infiltration of election offices by paid Democratic Party activists.” The operations were closely coordinated via “a complex web of left-leaning non-profit organizations” and “social media platforms” as well as “social media election influencers,” noted Doyle, who described the amount of additional money provided by Zuckerberg and doled out by the groups he funded to influence Democrat areas as “truly staggering.”
“To put it in perspective, federal and state matching funds for COVID-19-related election expenses in 2020 totaled $479.5 million,” Doyle noted. “The CTCL and CEIR money totaled $419.5 million. These two private non-profits were responsible for an 85 percent increase in total additional election funding — and that largess was concentrated in a relatively small number of heavily Democratic municipalities.”
He went on to suggest that similar efforts in Texas likely shifted some 200,000 votes to Biden, noting that, by comparison, Sen. Ted Cruz’s win over Democrat Beto O’Rourke in 2018 was only slightly more than 214,000 votes.
Doyle also said research indicates that so-called “Zuckerbucks” may have been enough to flip both Wisconsin and Georgia to Biden last year.
“We have good reason to anticipate that the results of our work will show that CTCL and CEIR involvement in the 2020 election gave rise to an election that, while free, was not fair. The 2020 election wasn’t stolen — it was likely bought with money poured through legal loopholes,” he concluded.
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