I haven’t had a Facebook account in a good long time. Probably about six years or so.
The only time I think I have ever seen a video from Facebook is when someone physically showed it to me.
I’m very “before Facebook” when it comes to communicating with friends or family. We actually still have an email chain that about ten of us belong to where we hare pictures and stuff. It’s definitely not as big of a headache.
Voters in battleground states filed four federal lawsuits on Thursday, seeking to bar city governments from using funds donated by Zuckerberg toward voting initiatives in Democrat strongholds.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently donated $250 million to the Center for Tech and Civil Life (CTCL), a non-profit that claims to be nonpartisan, despite strong ties with progressive organizations. In the announcement of the donation, the CTCL stated it would “regrant” the funds to city governments in an effort to support them with election processes during COVID-19 concerns.
In this effort to get out the vote, the CTCL has donated nearly $26 million to 12 different cities in Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania. Each state swung in Trump’s favor in the 2016 election, but each city receiving CTCL and Zuckerberg’s funds voted overwhelmingly in favor of Hillary Clinton.
These grants raise concerns about election integrity and the involvement of private parties in election processes.
Named defendants include all 12 cities that have received grants from the CTCL:
-Wisconsin: Green Bay City, Kenosha City, Madison City, Milwaukee City, and Racine City
-Michigan: Wayne County (Detroit), Flint City, East Lansing, Lansing
-Minnesota: Minneapolis City
Combined, all 12 cities cast 75.86% of their votes toward Clinton.
Further, they argue that city use of these funds violates the Help America Vote Act, a federal law that requires state legislative approval before local governments use funds donated by private parties for election purposes.
“Government cannot be in the business of playing favorites in these elections,” said Phill Kline, Director of the Amistad Project of the Thomas More Society. “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.”
The Thomas More Society is representing the voters of all four federal lawsuits.