by Eric Lendrum
A new report reveals that multiple private grants tied to the Big Tech giant Facebook overwhelmingly backed Democratic candidates and counties in the state of Pennsylvania in 2020, as reported by the New York Post.
The report by the publication Broad + Liberty (BL) reveals that one such grant, the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL), spent more money on turning out registered voters in Democrat-majority counties than Republican-majority counties. In addition to the increased push for voter turnout, these counties were given a jumpstart on this grant and information on how to apply by state officials.
Although CTCL claimed that its distribution of funds spanned Democratic and Republican counties alike, BL’s report highlights some of the most obvious discrepancies between counties where there were more registered Democrats than Republicans. Philadelphia County received $8.87 per voter, and Centre County got $7.70 per voter; conversely, the Republican-leaning counties of Mifflin and Mercer saw just 66 cents and 73 cents per voter, respectively. Allegheny County, the home of Pittsburgh, received $2.18 per voter.
Further elaborating on BL’s findings in The Federalist, CEO Terry Tracy said that “Pennsylvania’s experience with private election grants should be evidence enough for lawmakers across the country to regulate their use and to view handouts from unvetted private organizations with healthy suspicion.”
“Americans deserve to have confidence that elections are being conducted fairly,” Tracy continued. “Private election grants only reinforce the perception of systemic fraud and fan the flames of partisan division.”
The findings were the result of open-records requests, which uncovered email correspondence confirming that then-Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar (D-Penn.), as well as an aide to Governor Tom Wolf (D-Penn.), actively encouraged Democrats in blue counties such as Bucks to apply for the grant; however, there were no such emails to officials in any red counties.
CTCL’s efforts were bankrolled by a $300 million donation from Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook, on September 1st, 2020. Zuckerberg had also donated to a similar group, the Center for Election Innovation and Research, among other suspicious grants and other organizations that skewed heavily for Democrats in the months and weeks leading up to the 2020 election. This phenomenon in particular has come to be known as “Zuckerbucks,” and has led to increased scrutiny of the Big Tech billionaire and his political donations.
The report’s findings further confirm the extent of the voter fraud that took place in the presidential election last year, where numerous factors – from Big Tech CEOs’ funding of Democrats and censorship of conservatives, to foul play by poll workers, and the unusually high amount of mail-in ballots, among others – contributed to numerous states being swung away from President Donald Trump and in favor of Democrat Joe Biden.
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Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.
Photo “Mark Zuckerberg” by Anthony Quintano. CC BY 2.0.