Naples, FL—Today, the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) announced that Georgia’s 2020 general and runoff elections received more than $45 million from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, according to public records requests.
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative funneled more than $400 million to election jurisdictions through the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL), a non-profit run by a former Obama fellow. Tokened “COVID-19 response grants,” the money was meant to be used by election officials to address unprecedented challenges during the 2020 election.
Records revealed that millions of Zuckerbucks actually were spent on non-COVID related expenses. In Fulton, Cobb, and Dekalb counties PPE expenses made up only 1.3 percent of total grant spending.
Data also shows that Democrat counties were twice as likely to receive Zuckerbucks, and that counties that voted for Biden were granted on average nearly four times as many Zuckerbucks per registered voter compared to counties that voted for Trump. Counties that received funding also saw an increase in Democrat voters compared to those that did not receive grants.
“With 60 percent of grant funding going directly to Democrat strongholds, one must question the real purpose of these grants. Public records show that little money was spent on COVID-19 expenses by election officials. Instead, spending went towards vehicle rentals, attorneys’ fees, mail-in voting efforts, and salaries,” said Katie Rodgers, FGA’s Vice President of Outreach and Georgia-native. “Thankfully, the Georgia legislature did the right thing and put an end to private money flowing into their public elections.”
The Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) is a non–profit, multi–state think tank that specializes in health care, welfare, work, and election reform. To learn more, visit TheFGA.org.