Congress Republican Members Demand Details of $350 Million in Grants From Nonprofit in 2020 Election
Representative Claudia Tenney (R-NY) and 13 Republican House members from a nonprofit funded in part by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife have asked for details of how they spent $350 million in grants during the 2020 general election.
“During the 2020 election cycle, the Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL) distributed more than $350 million to nearly 2,500 election officials in 48 states and the District of Columbia,” Tenney and other members of the House of Representatives said in a letter. Dated June. 21- “Unfortunately, more than seven months after Election Day, the American people have not yet received a full account of exactly how this huge sum was distributed.”
“Many state and local entities have reported spending your grant money on expenses as varied and unrelated to COVID-19 as advertising, designing absentee ballots, registering teen voters, automatic voter registration, and even pay raises and new vehicle purchases,” Tenney claimed in the letter.
According to the Amistad Project, an initiative of the Thomas More Society, CTCL's 20 largest donations were all to cities that Hillary Clinton won in the 2016 election. In addition, significant amounts of these grants go to Democratic districts in swing states. From Pennsylvania, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin Institute of Law and Liberty (WILL), a think tank and litigation center, also found that grants were unevenly distributed in Wisconsin, and there was a "statistically significant increase" in voter turnout for President Joe Biden, but no such increase for former President Donald Trump.
Tenney noted that the allegations raise "red flags" across the country, noting that 12 states have or plan to introduce legislation to prevent election officials from accepting private funds.
“Given the serious questions and inconsistencies surrounding CTCL grants, it is especially vital that your organization promptly release its full financial data so the public can properly assess the influence of this $350 million during the 2020 election,” Tenney concluded in the letter.
23 June 2021