A blatant report that suggests Mark Zuckerberg effectively “bought” the 2020 presidential election by funneling more than $400 million to local boards of elections under the guise of a “non-partisan” effort has called for reform officials. Has prompted outrage and calls.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis rebuked the billionaire Facebook founder during a news conference in which he said a recent election reform law had “banned Zuckerbucks” in the Sunshine State.
“So, Zuckerberg, he spent over $400 million through these, bidding, nonprofits, bidding, helping with the election administration,” DeSantis said Tuesday.
“But what they would do was that they would need some things like mass mail voting, ballot harvesting, and they would basically focus on partisan voter turnout. It was completely unacceptable.”
“I continue to question whether Mark Zuckerberg’s highly partisan 2020 election spending was even legal,” Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) told The Post.
“While we still do not know whether public reporting on their impact on the 2020 elections in Green Bay and other Democrat strongholds raises considerable doubts,” Johnson said in response to Tuesday’s report by The Federalist.
Wisconsin State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, also a Republican, has launched an investigation into works funded by Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, in the state’s five largest cities.
They include Green Bay – where the city clerk reportedly resigned under pressure to work with “grant advisers” and correct errors on absentee ballots.
On Wednesday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) retweeted A report about the investigation said: “Are our elections for sale? Did Mark Zuckerberg buy Wisconsin’s presidential election?”
According to a September 2020 press release, Zuckerberg’s money was supposed to increase government funding and “promote safe and reliable voting” amid the COVID-19 pandemic so that “every eligible voter can participate safely and in a timely manner and their Votes can be counted.” Release announcing the plan.
Earlier this year, an analysis by the Conservative Foundation for Government Accountability found that on the battlefields of Georgia, about $29 million of Zuckerberg’s money went to counties that were later won by President Biden, per registered Voters rate $7.13.
In contrast, the Peach State that former President Donald Trump received a total of $2.3 million — a rate of just $1.91 per voter, the FGA said.
In a prepared statement, a Zuckerberg-chan spokesperson acknowledged donations of $350 million to the Center for Tech and Civic Life and $69.5 million to the Center for Election Innovation and Research.
“CTCL issued an open call to local jurisdictions across the country and provided funding for all jurisdictions that apply,” spokesman Ben LaBault said.
“Nearly 2,500 election jurisdictions in 49 states, including urban, suburban, rural and outlying counties, applied for and received funding.”
LaBault said: “While Mark and Priscilla provided the overall grant to CTCL” [to] ensure that funding was available, they did not participate in the process of determining which jurisdiction received the money, and as [nonprofit organization] CTCL is prohibited from indulging in partisan activities.
Neither CTCL’s representatives nor any of its three founders — Executive Director Tiana Epps-Johnson, Director of Government Services Whitney May and Director of Citizen Data Donnie Bridges — returned The Post’s requests for comment.
CEIR founder and executive director David Baker called the Federalist report “full of misunderstandings” and touted Zuckerberg’s distribution of his group’s $64.2 million worth in 22 states and the District of Columbia.
“These grants help states inform voters about election procedures, changes to polling locations, and the recruitment of polling workers in response to the pandemic,” he said in an email to the Post.
“CEIR is very proud of our effort to assist election officials from both parties in successfully ensuring the most secure, transparent and verifiable election in American history, with record turnout amid the global pandemic.”