Concerns over billionaire donations pouring into elections that solely benefitted Democrats are not going away and now the warning is going out that mixing corporate donations with the ballot box is a dangerous partnership for our republic.
The controversy centers around the non-profit Center for Tech and Civic Life, which columnist Michelle Malkin describes as a “deep-pocketed liberal advocacy group” funded by Big Tech billionaires, such as Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg (pictured at left) and left-wing philanthropy groups known for pouring tens of millions into liberal causes.
One project touted by CTCL was to distribute COVID-19 Response grants to more than 2,500 election offices, but Malkin says the day-to-day operations are steered by former Obama administration officials who don’t deserve to be trusted by the public.
CTCL also caught the attention of attorney Phill Kline, with the Thomas More Society, who has raised the issue of election fraud through the Amistad Project that has sued in states such as Georgia, where $10 million flowed to Democrat-dominated Fulton County from CTCL.
Amistad’s lawsuit, filed Jan. 4, alleged the grant came with “strings attached” such as providing more polling places and more drop boxes for absentee ballots, which means urban Fulton County was being equipped to more easily collect more ballots from more Democrats.
Just one day later, in Georgia’s senate runoff, two Democrat nominees defeated incumbent Republican senators, a surprise win in conservative Georgia that is expected to flip control of the U.S. Senate to Democrats.
After the runoff, left-wing news website Vox was celebrating the Democrat wins in Georgia and crediting black turnout in Fulton and DeKalb counties. An election analyst for Cook Political Report called the turnout “phenomenal” and said it approached 90 percent turnout.
Talking about the controversial CTCL on the "Washington Watch" radio program, Kline warned that private money should never be used to fund public elections.
"You can't have elections brought to you,” he told the program, “by Coca-Cola, the Koch Brothers, the NRA, or Mark Zuckerberg."
Wealthy millionaires and billionaires have traditionally been the bad guys for the Democratic Party going back generations but, more recently, corporations and wealthy progressives have buoyed progressive causes such as environmental issues and the Black Lives Matter movement.
In another urban area, the Amistad Project raised concerns about CTCL's involvement in elections in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area, which is notorious for allegations of election fraud and ballot shenanigans.
Regarding elections in the Philadelphia area, NPR literally praised Mark Zuckerberg and CTCL for saving the 2020 election in areas such as Chester County.
"The nonprofit gave Chester County $2.5 million for the election, which is more than the county's 2020 budget for voting services," NPR reported in a December 2020 article.
In every place that Zuckerberg’s contributions flowed to help elections, Kline said there were “irregularities” in those areas --- a more polite word for suspicions of fraud and questionable behavior.
Moving forward, Kline stressed the need for transparency in elections.
"There's a reason,” the told the radio program, “there are laws that require both parties to be present at all times when you're handling, managing, ballots."
He also insisted that future elections must return to paper balloting and should address what he called “far-in-advance, without-excuse” absentee balloting.