The Wisconsin Senate just passed a bill that would ban private money from being used in Election Administration.
The bill is AB173.
It passed 18-14.
Wisconsin is banning dark money from being used for election administration after they found that private funds from ideological organizations to Wisconsin municipalities boosted turnout for Biden. https://t.co/762QJMM77i
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) June 11, 2021
The Wisconsin Senate has approved a Republican-backed bill that would ban private money from being used for election administration.
The bill, AB173, passed by a vote of 18 to 14.
The bill relates to private resources used for election administration, the appointment of election officials, and providing a penalty.
Here is the bill:
A Wisconsin-based Think Tank found that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s private grants were given irregularly and it lead to more Democrats voting.
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.
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