Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced on Tuesday that he and his wife have donated an additional $100 million to a “safe elections” project run by the nonprofit Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL), bringing their total contributions to that project to $350 million since September 1, according to Breitbart News.
The Zuckerbergs also announced a separate $50 million personal contribution in September to another nonprofit, the Center for Election Innovation and Research, to “assist [state] election officials as they seek to inform voters about their voting options and any changes [due to the coronavirus pandemic], educate them about how they can successfully ensure their ballot is received and counted, and bolster transparency and legitimacy.”
Critics say the CTCL project’s grants look a lot more like Democratic “Get-out-the-Vote” (GOTV) efforts in major cities around the country than good government efforts to protect the integrity of the electoral process of all Americans, regardless of their party affiliation.
Since September 1, 2020, the CTCL has made at least $63.7 million in grants to election commissions in 18 counties and two cities for what it calls the coronavirus “safe elections” project. More than 99.5% of this funding went to election commissions in 17 counties and two cities won by Hillary Clinton in 2016. Less than 1/2 of 1% of the funding went to a county Trump won in 2016.