20 states have implemented laws banning or restricting ‘Zuck bucks’: report

by Timothy Frudd

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At least 20 states have passed legislation to ban “Zuck bucks” from influencing future elections in the United States according to a report released by Capital Research Center.

Just the News reported that Capital Research Center is a conservative nonprofit group based in Washington D.C. that has been keeping track of each state’s response to the issue of private funds assisting with the operations of U.S. elections.

Two Capital Research Center authors, Sarah Lee and Hayden Ludwig, wrote, “The chief culprit was Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who poured $350 million into one sleepy nonprofit, the Center for Technology and Civic Life.” They added, “CTCL then distributed grants to hundreds of county and city elections officials in 47 states and the District of Columbia,” according to Just the News.

In December, Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-N.Y., co-chairwoman of the House Election Integrity Caucus, released a report showing that the Center for Tech and Civic Life, funded by Mark Zuckerberg, spent $130 million in Democrat counties that voted for Joe Biden and only $14 million in Republican counties that voted for President Trump.

After reviewing the evidence of Zuckerberg’s influence in the 2020 presidential election, states began introducing legislation designed to ban “Zuck bucks” from influencing future elections.

In March, Gov. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., signed a bill into law that outlaws the private funding of elections, which targets companies like Facebook.

In Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., banned “Zuckerbucks” and instituted a “prohibition on use of private funds for election-related expenses.”

Other states, such as Alabama, Arizona, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania, have joined the growing list of states taking a stand for election integrity and limiting the use of private funds to finance elections.

President Donald Trump has previously stated his position on allegations of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg influencing the 2020 election with monetary donations. “This guy [Zuckerberg] gives $417 million to all these states… it’s passed around like pizza at a party…you got millions of dollars here…and the majority went to deep blue areas,” he said during a Michigan rally in April.

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