Wisconsin again takes steps to ban private election funding

BC7C0R Wisconsin State Capitol building in Madison Wisconsin USA . Image shot 2009. Exact date unknown.

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The great state of Wisconsin is serious about banning private election money in their state’s elections, and they’re gearing up yet again to try and give elitists like Mark Zuckerberg the boot.

According to a report from Just the News, the Wisconsin legislature is putting its best efforts behind a constitutional amendment where voters would make the final decision on whether the rapidly approaching 2024 primary election will prohibit private donors from injecting money into local election processes.

The state has been motivated to do so after Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg poured hundreds of millions of dollars into Wisconsin’s local elections beneath the umbrella of his non-profit, the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL).

Wisconsin has been a hotspot of election integrity issues in the wake of the 2020 presidential election, and so far, the Badger State has not managed to ban the influence of big donors like Zuckerberg from their elections.

Other states have taken strong measures to do so. Gov. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., for example, signed a bill into law in 2022 that forbid the private funding of elections in South Dakota, RSBN reported.

In Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) in 2022 also placed a ban on “Zuckerbucks” flowing into the Sunshine State by signing Senate Bill 524 into law, effectively increasing the penalty for illegal ballot harvesting, creating an Office of Election Crimes and Security, and banning private funding for election-related expenses.

Just the News reported that the last two bills aimed at doing so were vetoed by Democrat Gov. Tony Evers (Wis.), because of his personal objection to banning private grant funding for “election administration.”

However, there are other election integrity developments in Wisconsin. Per RSBN, Turning Point USA has pledged $5 million to ballot-chase in the 2024 election, which encourages voters to engage in early voting and to quickly turn in their ballot.

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