By Scott Walter
Arguments over this year’s vote in Pennsylvania continue to rage, but one critical aspect deserves more attention: the millions of dollars that flowed from the family of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg into the state’s election offices. The cash first went to a supposedly “nonpartisan” nonprofit called the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL), which then re-granted the money to local election offices in dozens of counties in Pennsylvania and thousands more election offices across America.
We at the Capital Research Center are analyzing the effects of Zuckerberg’s $350 million investment state by state. We first examined the funding in Georgia, and our report was so shocking that the Georgia Senate asked me to testify about it. Lawyers for the Donald Trump campaign included the report in their legal briefs in Georgia, and Tucker Carlson invited me on Fox News to discuss the controversy.
Now we’ve crunched the numbers for Pennsylvania, and the partisan outcomes are just as stark as Georgia’s. Admittedly, we don’t know every detail of what happened because CTCL has not disclosed the funding. CTCL has been asked by the New York Times, the Associated Press, the New Yorker, National Public Radio, and more, to no avail.
This stonewalling is especially obnoxious because federal law requires CTCL to disclose on its annual filings with the IRS all grants of $5,000 or more to government entities. But the clever partisans at CTCL know that their filing for 2020 grants can be kept in the dark until a year from now, and “dark money” is what powers CTCL’s heavy thumb on election scales across the nation.
(CTCL’s leaders are partisans of the first rank, as documented in InfluenceWatch’s write-ups of CTCL and the New Organizing Institute, which spawned the founders and leaders of CTCL. The Washington Post even called the New Organizing Institute “the Democratic Party’s Hogwarts for digital wizardry.” In addition, the New Organizing Institute’s old website mouths exactly the same platitudes as CTCL and likewise rarely mentions the political party whose turnout it strains every muscle to boost.)
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