Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is facing federal lawsuits in four battleground states.
According to voters in the four battleground states, Facebook, Google, and other tech firms through the Center for Tech and Civic Life are allegedly attempting to influence the outcome of the presidential election in the United States of America by funneling millions of dollars.
The Amistad Project, in a press release, announced that voters in four key states filed lawsuits in federal courts to block the alleged funneling of the millions of dollars from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google, and other Silicon Valley firms through the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL).
The millions of dollars that they are allegedly funneling is intended to be used by government employees to influence the outcome of the presidential election on November 3.
The voters claim that the use of the funds violates a federal law known as the Help America Vote Act. The law prohibits local governments from accepting private federal election grants without approval from the state legislative, as this results in the government playing favorites in the election.
The complaints have detailed how the CTCL has used the funds to give “grants” to local municipal governments, who have used the money to fund election activities. These activities are aimed to target Democratic strongholds to boost voter turnout in the areas that delivered overwhelming majorities for Hillary Clinton in 2016. It is a clear effort to influence the results of the statewide 2020 elections.
Phill Kline, the Director of the Amistad Project of the Thomas More Society, represents the voters in the four federal lawsuits. He said in a statement: “Government cannot be in the business of playing favorites in elections. These targeted funds pay government officials to turn out the vote in blue jurisdictions while the governors in these states are making it difficult and actually discouraging in-person voting on Election Day in more conservative areas of the states. Government targeting Democrat portions of a state to increase voter turnout, while also targeting Republican areas of the state to make it harder to vote, violates the basic premise of American jurisprudence that we are all equal before the law.”
“While Mark Zuckerberg can use his private funds to help voters, these city and county officials can’t use the funds from CTCL to favor a certain class of voters over another,” Kline added. “America has a dark history of voter suppression before the Voting Rights Act became law. This rigging of the game is the other side of that same coin.”
Earlier this month, Breitbart News had reported about a complaint filed by the Wisconsin Voters Alliance against the CTCL.
According to the press release from September 11, the CTCL had already granted $16.3 million to the five cities in Wisconsin, Philadelphia, and Pennsylvania by then. In those states, over 82% of their more than one million combined total votes had been cast for Hillary Clinton in 2016. President Trump had won the state of Wisconsin by 22,748 votes and Pennsylvania by 44,292 votes that year.
It has also been reported that Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan plan to donate $300 million through the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative charitable foundation. The funds will be used to help with preparations for the upcoming presidential election.
Zuckerberg and Chan plan to donate as well to two non-partisan organizations to help recruit poll workers, rent polling places, purchase PPE kits for the poll workers, and also for several other measures that are needed to ensure the safety of the voting stations despite the pandemic.
The two organizations they chose were the Center for Tech and Civic Life and the Center for Election Innovation and Research.