Defund the Elections!

Republicans are attempting to limit the procedure which they claim gave Joe Biden an unjustified and possibly precise benefit in his win in the 2020 election.

Democrats from across the nation are working to keep letting private funds finance public elections, while Republicans try to minimize it.

The Conservative States Take Action

At least ten conservative states passed laws prohibiting or restricting the use of private funds in elections.

The battleground states of Arizona, Florida, Georgia, and Ohio are among them. Democrat Gov. Roy Cooper of North Carolina, as well as other Democrat legislatures, vetoed such bills.

Nonprofits contributed upwards of $400 million to local and state electoral boards in 2020 to promote their work and increase voter turnout.

The majority of the cash came through Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his spouse, Priscilla Chan. It was disbursed mostly through the Institute for Tech and Civic Life, or CTCL, a Chicago-based gradual non-profit that comprises former Obama strategists.

Democrats and others argue that such funding is required to support the work of understaffed election boards dealing with the pandemic’s additional problems.

Governor Cooper vetoed the bill because it offered “necessities like masks, single-use pens, and other protective gear, so voters were safe during the outbreak.”

Republicans claim corporate grants were unfairly distributed to counties ultimately won by Biden, a disparity that cost them the vote in 2020 and, if it continues, will impair their prospects in coming elections.

“Our politics should never ever be for sale,” said Representative Claudia Tenney (R-NY), calling the corporate fundraising a “partisan activity” last month.

The CTCL claims the grants were open to any organization that applied. The funds were used to help people register to vote and count mail-in ballots, among other things.

In certain situations, the funds were used to assist Democrat Party operatives in crucial states with election administration, including vote counting.

The Restrictions

Deb Cox, a Lowndes County, Ga. election administrator, told RealClearInvestigations in May the center was “extremely permissive, concerning what we could spend money on.”

With a bit of the grant money, the county was able to pay off a $15,000 legal debt. “As long as anything has to do with the election, they have essentially no constraints.”

The funding was granted to election officials in 48 states across the country, according to the center.

It claimed that $25 million from either the New Venture Fund, a liberal charity linked with Arabella Consultants, which coordinates a generally progressive “dark money” network, has been included in its campaign fundraising.

Because federal election financing is apportioned mostly based on age to vote population, the majority of funds tend to flow to physically difficult cities and larger counties, which are frequently Democrat-controlled.

This was the situation in both 2020 and 2018, when Congress allocated hundreds of millions for election security improvements in both years.