“Zuckerbucks” Were a Problem in the 2020 Election


In 2020, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, spent more than $400 million
to influence elections across the country.

The Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL) received $350 million from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and provided “COVID-19 response” election administration grants to thousands of local election offices.

CTCL grants (or “Zuckerbucks”) were disproportionally siphoned to left-leaning counties to boost Democrat turnout and influence the outcome of 2020 elections.


How funding from private individuals and third parties threatened election integrity:

  • The grants gave outsiders a say in how the election was administered by allowing them to dictate how election offices spent funds.
  • Targeted funds allowed election offices of CTCL’s choosing to spend more on voter registration drives and get-out-the-vote efforts.
  • By paying poll workers and furnishing election offices with new equipment, grants created a direct financial relationship between election administrators and a third party with special interests.
  • Acceptance of private funding put pressure on grant recipients to allow CTCL-affiliated operatives to assist in election administration, including assisting with curing absentee ballots.
  • Gave CTCL unprecedented access to ballot information, including daily reports of absentee ballot counts and the keys to at least one mail-in ballot storage room.
  • The grants helped direct election officials toward CTCL-approved training and helped CTCL connect election officials with other left-leaning organizations to try and influence election practices.



States where election results had great consequences were targeted for large Zuckerbucks grants—specifically counties or cities that leaned Democrat.