According to a new report, a Zuckerberg-funded group gave $11.8 million to two Dem consultant groups.
The money was then used for nonpartisan voter education efforts.”
The Center for Election Innovation and Research (CEIR) gave $12 million in September 2020 to a Michigan nonprofit, which then funneled the money to two Democrat consulting firms for the purpose of “nonpartisan voter education efforts.”
The Michigan Star first reported on the tax form filed in May 2021 by the Michigan nonprofit, the Michigan Center for Election Law and Administration (MCELA), which revealed the MCELA directed 99 percent of the $12 million it received from CEIR to two Democrat-aligned consulting companies.
he outlet’s analysis found the MCELA was relatively inactive aside from its use of the grant — the nonprofit reported on its Form 990 that it received no money in 2019, received the $12 million grant in 2020, and spent $11.8 million in 2020 on the two companies.
The two companies listed on the tax form were Waterfront Strategies, which received $9.7 million, and Alper Strategies, which received $2 million.
What has previously been painted as an innocent nonpartisan effort to increase voter turnout in the 2020 election in Michigan has all the signs of actually being a partisan Democratic operation, which throws the state’s narrow Biden victory in 2020 into some doubt.
It is unclear what the $12 million grant provided to MCELA – 99 percent of which ($11.8 million) was funneled off to the two Democratic political consulting firms, was actually used for. Notably, neither the MCELA nor the Democrat political consulting firms who received that $11.8 million provided any line item documentation of how those funds were spent.
Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson praised the grant given to the MCELA as a way to fund crucial voter education, and even suggested that the multi-million-dollar media campaign would somehow improve election integrity.
Benson was the founder and longtime president of the MCELA, the recipient of the grant, although somehow that connection was never promoted by either the secretary of state’s office or the nonprofit itself. But it raises questions of conflict of interest that need to be answered.
Between Oct. 5 and Oct. 28, the MCELA posted a total of 10 times to its Facebook page. The first three posts were simply the result of loading profile pictures and a cover photo. On Oct. 8, the profile picture on the account was changed to a portrait of Benson. Then silence until Oct. 28, one week before Election Day. On that day, six posts featuring Secretary of State Benson were posted, including two copies of the same 30-second video, and three images of would-be voters featuring the posted words of Benson.
“These are uncertain times for all of us, but one thing is certain. Your vote will count. I’m Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and you have many secure options to vote this fall.” That’s how the 30-second spot starts. Then, with the remaining 17 seconds, Benson explains just how easy it is to vote in one of three ways.
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