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Zuckerberg-funded nonprofit accused of helping pay election judges and interfering in the election process

Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies at a House Financial Services Committee hearing in Washington, on Oct. 23, 2019. (Erin Scott/Reuters/File Photo)

An investigation by the Thomas More Society revealed that a nonprofit funded by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg contributed money to pay election judges who decide on ballot integrity issues in Philadelphia.

The Thomas More Society found out when it received the information it requested from the city administration, for which it went to federal court, about the grants obtained by election officials, according to Just the News on Oct. 21. 

The grants were provided by the Zuckerberg-funded Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL) to open a promised 800 polling places and increase voting to an estimated 800,000 votes in the Nov. 3 general election.

This would quadruple the 190 polling places used during the primary vote. The votes registered in 2016 were 680,000, then an additional 120,000 votes would be promoted. 

The Thomas More Society, through its senior counsel Phill Kline, sued several jurisdictions that received money from the CTCL, accusing them of privatizing electoral functions that belong to the government.

“This privatization of elections undermines the integrity of elections by using the government to play favorites,” Kline said.

He added, “Government targeting a demographic group to increase participation is the flip side of the same coin where the government targets a demographic group to suppress the vote.” 

“In addition, this is because the governors of the blue states have made it more difficult to vote with COVID-19’s new restrictions on in-person voting,” he added.

Kline discovered that the grants could generate electoral interference by targeting mainly Democrats.

Kline illustrated his accusation by explaining that of the top 20 CTCL grants, totaling $63 million, only one for $289,000, less than 1 percent, was awarded to a county in which Trump won in 2016.

Technological giants like Facebook and Twitter are under federal scrutiny for the powers that have arbitrarily taken to interfere with citizens’ freedom of expression and even the electoral process.

The Wall Street Journal criticized the social network Twitter in an editorial for having censored the New York Post’s story about Hunter Biden’s emails implicating Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in a major corruption scandal.

Facebook also censored the distribution of this story, which was considered a blatant case of electoral interference, trying to favor the Democratic candidate, hiding and delaying the messages issued by their platforms.