Repost from The Michigan Star.
A conservative group in Michigan is duking it out in court with Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) claiming that the elected official allowed money from Silicon Valley titan Facebook to have a partisan impact on the state’s 2020 elections.
“This is what happened in 2020,” co-founder of the Michigan Conservative Coalition Marian Sheridan said in a press release. “Zuck Bucks, which is private money, was used by elected officials through public entities to promote voting, but only promoted among selected potential voter groups. Not to all citizens. Every voter should have received the benefit of a fair portion of the funds unfairly used by elected officials. They cannot selectively promote anything.”
The term “Zuck Bucks” refers to spending by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who donated $420 million to left-wing nonprofits during the 2020 election cycle, helping those nonprofits achieve their goals of getting Democrats elected.
According to the lawsuit, which Benson is seeking to have dismissed, the secretary of state accepted $17 million from the Center for Tech and Civic Life, a private organization, to help administer Michigan’s elections.
That group is funded by Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan.
“COVID dangers were used as a cover story for providing Center for Tech and Civic Life monies to municipalities to boost Democrat candidates in the 2020 election through increased mail-in voting and ballot harvesting in predominantly urban jurisdictions and to the detriment of Michigan voters who live in suburban and rural jurisdictions of the state,” Thor Hearne, a lawyer on the case, said.
“Because the funds were channeled through Center for Tech and Civic Life, a ‘charity,’ and characterized as ‘grants,’ Zuckerberg’s ‘donations’ were not covered by campaign finance laws. Instead, they were unlimited and unregulated ‘dark money,’” he continued.
This isn’t the first time the Center for Tech and Civic Life has been scrutinized for its actions during the 2020 election.