(TheLibertyRevolution.com)- In a statement released last week, former President Trump slammed Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over the millions he and his wife gave to local election offices during the 2020 election.
Calling Zuckerberg a “criminal,” Trump said that his being allowed to spend over $400 million on local elections changed the course of the 2020 presidential race.
Trump has a point.
In 2020, election officials in major cities and counties worked with a progressive group funded by Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan to target voters and develop “cure” letters when mail-in ballots were in danger of being tossed out.
The Zuckerberg-funded non-profits strategically targeted voters and waged a voter assistance campaign aimed at poor and minority residents, helping Democratic candidates win key spots all over the United States.
While Zuckerberg’s group donated to both red and blue districts, Mollie Hemingway points out in her best-selling book Rigged: How the Media, Big Tech and the Democrats Seized Our Elections that the local election offices that received the largest influx of “ZuckerBucks” were in blue districts. Red districts would receive tiny amounts while blue districts got the lion’s share.
This was by design.
In exchange for this windfall of cash, elections divisions had to agree to conduct their elections according to the terms and conditions set out by Zuckerberg’s non-profit, the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL).
CTCL is led by former members of the New Organizing Institute which is a training center for progressive groups and Democrat campaigns.
They helped design absentee ballot forms and instructions, crafted voter registration letters for felons, and tested automatic voter registration systems in several states. CTCL worked alongside other progressive groups in Michigan and worked directly with election offices in Georgia and Utah.
In the spring, Real Clear Investigations found that vote margins in many of the areas receiving CTCL funding had increased Democratic voter turnout. It was part of a strategy to boost the margins enough in Democrat-friendly areas to overcome Republican margins.
Concerns over non-profits getting directly involved in funding US elections have prompted some states to pursue legislation preventing the practice employed by Zuckerberg from happening again. Seven states have passed legislation already. But many, sadly, will continue taking ZuckerBucks.
Zuckerberg denied that the funds were used in a partisan manner. Because of course he did.