A compliance document filed with the Internal Revenue Service by the Mark Zuckerberg-funded Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL) confirms the nonprofit spent $332 million in “grants and other assistance to domestic organizations and domestic governments” in the 2020 election to “increase civic participation by modernizing engagement between local gov[ernment] and the people they serve.”
As Breitbart News reported in October 2020, “Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Tuesday that he and his wife have donated an additional $100 million to a ‘safe elections’ project run by the non-profit Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL), bringing their total contributions to that project to $350 million since September 1.”
Critics say these grants for “local election administration” were really thinly veiled efforts to get-out-the-vote for Democratic candidates, specifically for Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden.
Biden was inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States on January 20, 2021, after a Joint Session of Congress on January 6, 2021, affirmed his 306 to 232 Electoral College vote victory over former President Donald Trump in the November 3, 2020, general election.
The Capital Research Center uncovered the compliance document and reported on it Thursday.
The CTCL filed its Form 990 for the period beginning February 1, 2020, and ending on January 31, 2021, with the Internal Revenue Service on Wednesday. The document showed an increase in contributions to the organization in 2020 of more than $350 million. It received a mere $2.8 million in contributions in 2019. That number jumped to more than $354 million in 2020.
$350 million of that $354 million was provided by Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, as Breitbart News reported in October 2020, just weeks before the November 3, 2020, general election between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump.
CTCL began the year with $1.8 million in cash on hand and ended with more than $15 million in cash on hand. During the year, it spent $332 million in grants to counties and municipalities for “local election administration” around the country, $12 million on salaries, and more than $600,000 on legal fees.
According to Form 990, $328.1 million of the $354 million contributed in 2020 came from one unidentified individual, and $21.1 million came from a second unidentified individual (see page 2 of Schedule B here), for a total of $350 million from two individuals the Form 990 did not identify.
Prior public statements by CTCL have identified Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan as the two individuals who donated that $350 million.
In Thursday’s report, the Capital Research Center provided more information on the specific mechanisms used by Zuckerberg and Chan to make that $350 million contribution to CTCL in 2020:
The list of grant recipients is voluminous and requires more than 130 pages on the CTCL’s Form 990. This document reveals, for the first time, the full depth of the CTCL’s involvement in “local election administration” in the 2020 election.
To date, the Capital Research Center, Breitbart News, and other media outlets have pieced together CTCL’s involvement in the 2020 election based on incomplete data provided by CTCL combined with public reports in local news outlets. Capital Research Center noted it has published reports on CTCL spending in nine states: “Arizona, Nevada, Georgia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Texas, Michigan and Wisconsin, and Virginia,” and added in its Thursday report it believes those state reports “will be confirmed in the coming weeks” after the CTCL’s Form 990 is completely reviewed.
CTCL was not the only beneficiary of Mark Zuckerberg’s largesse in 2020.
As Breitbart News reported in December 2020, another nonprofit, the Center for Election Integrity and Research (CEIR), received $69 million in contributions in 2020 from Zuckerberg and his wife in 2020:
While the CTCL delivered “local election administration” grants to local governments, including municipalities and county governments, the CEIR provided “voter information” grants directly to 23 states, 22 of which went to the secretary of state’s office and one of which went to a 501 (c) (3).
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