Louisiana appellate court reinstates lawsuit against ‘Zuckerbucks’

MBX4PH Washington, USA. 11th Apr, 2018. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, the United States, on April 11, 2018. Credit: Ting Shen/Xinhua/Alamy Live News

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A Louisiana appellate court has reinstated a lawsuit against a Mark Zuckerberg-funded organization that privately funded election operations in Louisiana and several other states.

In October 2020, Attorney General Jeff Landry filed a lawsuit against the Mark Zuckerberg-funded Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL), claiming that “private contributions to local election officials and the election system in general are unlawful and contrary to Louisiana law.”

However, the lawsuit was derailed when a state trial court dismissed Landry’s suit against the CTCL. That ruling has now been overturned by the Louisiana state appellate court, which returned the case to the lower trial court.

Mark Zuckerberg allegedly did more than censor information to influence the 2020 election. A report alleges he also gave over $400 million to two organizations that funded local government election offices – and it came with strings attached.

Writing for the New York Post, William Doyle reported that Zuckerberg gave $419.5 million to two non-profit organizations that ostensibly donated money to local election offices for their operations. These include the CTCL and the Center for Election Innovation and Research (CEIR).

However, according to former Ohio Attorney General Ken Blackwell, the funds came with specific instructions on how local elections offices would spend the money.

Blackwell wrote that the organizations “dictated exactly how elections were to be conducted, down to the number of ballot drop boxes and polling places.” He added, “The Constitution gives state lawmakers sole authority for managing elections, but these grants put private interests firmly in control.”

CTCL also demanded universal mail-in voting by suspending existing election laws and extending deadlines that “favored mail-in over in-person voting” while also expanding “opportunities for ballot curing,” according to the New York Post.

For example, the two Zuckerberg organizations funded “vote navigators” in the swing state of Wisconsin. The vote navigators “assisted voters, potentially at their front doors, to answer questions, assist in ballot curing, and witness absentee ballot signatures.”

However, states have taken notice of the corrosive effects of “Zuckerbucks” and are taking action to ban them.

12 states have outlawed private funding of elections, and five other state legislatures passed similar laws only to be vetoed by Democrat governors.

One of the five Democrat governors to veto the anti-Zuckerbucks legislation was none other than Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards.

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