The Amistad Project of the Thomas More Society, a national constitutional litigation organization, issued the 39-page report, declaring that Zuckerberg’s $500 million provided to election officials was practiced to treat voters unfairly and to improperly impact the election for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
The majority 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 instance, the center provided $100,000 to Cory Mason, the mayor of Racine, Wisconsin, to recruit four other cities to form a plan and request a larger grant from it. Those five cities presented such a plan in June and got $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 the 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, manager of the Amistad Project, said at a press conference in Virginia.
"Zuckerberg money paid for the machines, paid for the election judges that determine what ballots will be counted and told them how many polling places to have," Kline told Bolling, who urged the former Kansas attorney general to reveal explicitly how the billionaire's money dictated the rules of this year's election.
“Government has the core responsibility of managing elections. We don’t put out elections for bids. We don’t have elections brought to you by Coca Cola. It is the government's job to manage elections, and it must do so without a thumb on the scale.”
The project said the main foundations backing the efforts combine The Democracy Fund, New Venture Fund, Skoll Foundation, and Knight Foundation.
Other nonprofits deemed key to giving 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 of them immediately returned to requests for comment.