Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg faces multiple election interference lawsuits

Breitbart reports that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is facing federal lawsuits in four different swing states for election interference. 

Also being sued are Google and other technology firms connected with the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL), which is the organization at the center of the lawsuits.

The allegation

It has been discovered that Zuckerberg, among others, is using the CTCL to funnel large sums of money into battleground states.

One of the lawsuits, for example, is taking place in Wisconsin. There, the Wisconsin Voters Alliance has found that “CTCL has granted a total of $6.3 million in municipal funding from private sources to the Cities of Green Bay, Kenosha, Madison, Milwaukee, and Racine,” and that “the grants were issued directly to the cities and not the Wisconsin Board of Elections, which is responsible for managing elections throughout the state.”

This, say the plaintiffs, is a violation of the federal voting laws.

What the plaintiffs believe that Zuckerberg is doing is trying to increase the voter turnout in those parts of these battleground states that are heavily Democratic, thereby meddling in the election.

Zuckerberg is trying to do so by hiding behind the CTCL, which is supposed to be a non-partisan organization. Zuckerberg also claims to be making the donations for a benign purpose – the recruiting of poll workers, the renting of polling places, the purchasing of personal protective equipment for poll workers, and so on.

Not just encouraging Democrats, but discouraging Republicans

Representing the plaintiff in four of the lawsuits that have been filed is Phill Kline, the Director of the Amistad Project of the Thomas More Society. He recently put out a statement, in which he said that the goal of the Defendants here is not just to increase Democratic voter turnout, but to decrease that of Republicans.

“Government cannot be in the business of playing favorites in elections,” he wrote. “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.”

He continued: “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.”

It’s not a little ironic that Zuckerberg and other tech giants find themselves in this position.

We’ll have to keep an eye on how these lawsuits turn out.

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