There have always been wealthy individuals who have tried to buy votes in elections. People like George Soros is famous for doing exactly that in multiple countries, but the 2020 Presidential election saw what appeared to be much more vote buying than normal.
Now, a report has come out which lays the blame for a significant amount of this at the feet of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. Li Hai writes,
A Wisconsin-based think tank analyzed the impact of private election administration grants on the 2020 presidential election in Wisconsin, claiming in its newly released report that the donations had a “significant” impact on voter turnout for Democrats.
The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL), a think tank and litigation center, requested and received records from 196 of the 216 municipalities that received between $2,212 to $3.4 million in grant funding for the the 2020 election from the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL), a nonprofit foundation funded in part by Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan.
“This analysis provides convincing evidence that the CTCL grants played a role in increasing turnout for Joe Biden in 2020,” WILL Research Director Will Flanders said in a statement released on Wednesday. “Wisconsin lawmakers should act to ensure local election administration isn’t captured by private money seeking partisan advantage.”
After analyzing the change in turnout between 2016 and 2020 for Democrats and Republicans, WILL found a “statistically significant increase” in turnout in cities that received CTCL grants.
In those cities, Biden received approximately 41 votes more on average in each of 196 municipalities. In comparison, CTCL funding did not increase voter turnout for former President Donald Trump.
Given the number of municipalities in Wisconsin that received grants from CTCL, the potential impact is more than 8,000 votes in the direction of Biden, the report claimed.
According to data from the Wisconsin Elections Commission, Trump lost Wisconsin by 20,682 votes or 0.6 percent.
Now, to be fair, Zuckerberg, as an individual, has the right to use his money to support whatever idiotic leftist politician that he wants to support. The conflict of interest issue comes up, though, when you think about how much Facebook (and, thus, Zuckerberg’s wallet) benefits from government protection from lawsuits and government regulation making it more difficult to compete with Facebook.
When you keep that in mind, it looks a bit more like Zuckerberg buying political favors, doesn’t it? And that’s probably exactly what it was.