Naples, Florida—Today, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed House Bill 2569 into law. The legislation prohibits state and local election officials from accepting private, third-party funding in future elections and aims to restore Arizonans’ trust in the election process. The Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) thanks Governor Ducey for signing this necessary legislation.
In the 2020 election, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, founded by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan, donated $5 million to the state of Arizona in the form of “COVID-19 response grants.” Maricopa County received more than half of these funds and was the only county in the state to flip in the 2020 election resulting in voter concerns about the election process.
“It is clear that ‘Zuckerbucks’ grants were not used for their stated purpose to address COVID-19 related challenges. Governor Ducey and the Arizona legislature are working tirelessly to restore voter trust by creating laws that protect the administration of elections from bad actors and conflicts of interest,” said Bryan Sunderland, Government Affairs Director at FGA. “Governor Ducey is prioritizing the concerns of all Arizona voters by limiting the influence big tech companies and partisan organizations have on the election process.”
With the signing of this law, Governor Ducey has ensured that Arizonans can better protect the election processes in their state from outside influence.
The Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) is a non–profit, multi–state think tank that specializes in health care, welfare, work, and election integrity reform. To learn more, visit TheFGA.org.