An electoral integrity group led by former GOP Senator Kelly Loeffler is calling for transparency on $ 5.6 million Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg donated to the Georgia Secretary of State last year for the hotly contested 2020 presidential election were issued.
Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, spent a total of $ 45 million in Georgia during the 2020 election cycle, which included the Senate runoff election in January 2021.
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The Foundation for Government Accountability claims that grant funds awarded through the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL) in Georgia and across the country were heavily weighted towards democratic counties. Billed as electoral security grants during the coronavirus pandemic, only a small proportion was used for personal protective equipment in all of the states surveyed by the foundation.
The CTCL gave roughly four times more to the Zuckerberg-funded grants to blue counties in Georgia than to red counties, according to the FGA analysis.
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For the 2020 election, CTCL has awarded approximately $ 29 million in grants to the Georgia counties that Biden won, at a rate of $ 7.13 per registered voter. In contrast, the center gave grants of $ 2.3 million – an average of $ 1.91 per registered voter – to districts that Trump won. The counties that achieved the highest in the run-up to the presidential election were Fulton, Cobb, and DeKalb.
“The Zuckerberg funding is an unprecedented example of how government employees and government resources are used to put a finger on the scales and influence the election result,” Tarren Bragdon, CEO of the Foundation for Government Accountability, told Fox News. “It would be like giving police authorities private money to have officers stop and search more often in certain neighborhoods than in other neighborhoods.”
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In total, Zuckerberg spent $ 350 million in the run-up to the 2020 elections.
“When our country’s electoral infrastructure faced unprecedented challenges last year due to the pandemic and the federal government failed to provide adequate funding, Mark and Priscilla provided funding to two non-partisan organizations to help cities and states ensure residents are independent could choose from their party or preference, “a Chan Zuckerberg family spokesman told Fox News in a statement.
“The grants to CTCL and CEIR have been made in full compliance with the law. CTCL and CEIR have issued an open appeal to state and local jurisdictions across the country, providing funding for all requested jurisdictions. Nearly 2,500 electoral jurisdictions from 49 states requested and received funding , including urban, suburban, rural, and outlying counties (states publicly listed here and local jurisdictions publicly listed here) – and more Republican than Democratic jurisdictions requested and received the funds.
Fox News’ Fred Lucas contributed to this report
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