U.S. City Snatches $1 Million Zuckerbucks Right Before Vote Taken On Making It Illegal

(Congress Report) – It seems progressives are up to their old tricks again. By this I mean that they are working on trying to find alternative ways to win upcoming elections, which includes taking money from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. The city of Milwaukee has already accepted a million ‘Zuckerbucks,’ just a few weeks before residents head to the polls to vote on whether or not to ban these kinds of funds.

As per Just the News, “The city of Milwaukee, which previously accepted ‘Zuckerbucks’ in 2020, has received a new form of the private funding over two separate grants just weeks prior to Wisconsin voters deciding whether to approve a state constitutional amendment banning ‘Zuckerbucks.'”

“Last Tuesday, Milwaukee accepted a $786,850 grant for the 2024 election from Cities Forward, a nonprofit that started last May, according to an IRS document,” the report noted, going on to add, “The grant includes funding for two new Election Systems & Software ballot tabulators at $146,375 each, a $37,500 text messaging service that would allow the city to contact registered voters and correct misinformation, 50 ExpressVote machines at $211,250 for early voting and as an accessibility aid on Election Day, and $147,000 for 210 Android smartphones for voting site directors to send photos or videos of equipment issues and more easily ask for supplies, according to Urban Milwaukee.”

Claire Woodall, the Milwaukee Election Commission Executive Director, spoke with Urban Milwaukee earlier in the month of March and stated that the text messaging service is so the election commission can “make sure any information anyone in the city is having about voting is accurate and broken down in a way that anyone can understand,” going on to explain that even groups that are well-intentioned could still provide guidance that isn’t accurate or that might be difficult for voters to understand.

“Cities Forward also gave the Milwaukee Election Commission and the Milwaukee Public Library a $250,000 grant for 2024 for a ‘non-partisan public education campaign … to increase civic connection among residents,'” JTN said. The campaign includes “Encourag[ing] ALL residents to register to vote, sign up to vote by mail, vote early, and update their state ID/driver’s licenses by providing non-partisan, easy-to-understand resources.”

The funds will be applied to the building of a new website and for a street outreach project for the campaign.

“At the library, when people are registering for a new library card, they will also be asking ‘do you want us to help us register you to vote today?’” Woodall commented concerning the campaign that the grant would fund.

She then remarked that the Milwaukee Health Department would be putting into action a similar strategy at its clinics. The private funding going for these projects is very similar to what the Center for Tech and Civil Life did in Wisconsin and several other states back during the highly controversial 2020 presidential election.

“CTCL poured about $350 million into local elections offices managing the 2020 election, with most of the funds donated to the nonprofit by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. The nonprofit has claimed its 2020 election grants — colloquially known as ‘Zuckerbucks’ — were allocated, allegedly without partisan preference to make voting safer amid the pandemic,” JTN’s article disclosed.

An investigation carried out by House Republicans discovered that less than one percent of the funds were actually used to purchase personal protective equipment. The vast majority of the money was spent on get-out-the-vote projects and registrations. The main crux of the controversy focused on how ‘Zuckerbucks’ were mostly sent to Democratic jurisdictions.

Many opponents believe that the imbalance in the distribution of the money helped to swing the presidential election toward Joe Biden. As a result, a total of 27 states have either placed restrictions or completely banned the use of private money to fund elections.

The Cities Forward website claims that the organization “is a nonpartisan effort focused on helping cities around the country make participation in the democratic process a priority.”

Urban Milwaukee reported that the organization is being led by Trevor Ostbyte. However, if you take a gander at Ostbye’s LinkedIn account, it states he was the executive director from December 2021 to December 2023.

Sam Olier-Friedland, also from Cities Forward, released a statement saying, “Along with election departments across the country, Milwaukee is facing serious funding challenges, made worse by the legislature’s shameful inaction on a bill that would have made funding available to all election departments in Wisconsin, including $2.5 million for Milwaukee. Congress also rejected a bipartisan request of election officials and advocates, who sought $400 million in Help America Vote Act (HAVA) grants. Absent adequate state or federal funding for the administration state and federal elections, local governments across the country face election infrastructure shortfalls.”

“Cities Forward is pleased to support Milwaukee with funding for an urgent election infrastructure request to replace aging tabulators and ADA-compliant voting equipment, especially given that unlike most other states, Milwaukee is not allowed to pre-process ballots, which creates unusually acute operational challenges in needing to process thousands of ballots on election day,” he continued in the statement.

In both 2021 and 2022, the state legislature in Wisconsin passed legislation that would have both regulated and placed bans on the use of private money to pay for elections. Unfortunately, Democratic Gov. Tony Evers slapped a veto on the bills.

Then, in November of last year, the state legislature of Wisconsin passed a resolution that would amend the state’s constitution in order to ban private funding of the election administration, which voters will decide on April 2nd.

The only other state that has banned ‘Zuckerbucks’ is Louisiana.

Every state needs to ban this practice, otherwise how can we as a country claim to have free and fair elections? If one party gets a ton of cash to help push their vote on the streets, this will ultimately lead to that party calling the shots and having all the power.

Copyright 2024. CongressReport.com

2 COMMENTS

  1. “Get out the vote” actions that lack U.S. citizenship validation safegaurds are nothing more than efforts to create obscuring thickets, to grow room for increased election vote fraud.
    Paper ballots, same day voting, with citizenship I.D. is the only true way currently to ensure honest elections.

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