Dark-Money Groups Push Mail-In Voting
States have declared war on “Zuck bucks”. As of this writing, at least 22 states and three counties have banned or restricted private election financing. Despite some intransigence from the left, across the country Democrats and Republicans agree that election financing must be transparent and above partisan influence.
But big philanthropy does not agree.
In April, I documented the next step in the Center for Tech and Civic Life’s (CTCL) strategy to corrupt elections: the launch of the US Alliance for Election Excellence, an $80 million campaign to centralize control elections in Washington, D.C., using “reshuffled ballots, a deluge of taxpayer funds, and a permanent expansion of the mail-in ballot bureaucracy.
Funding for the alliance comes from a little-known group formed in 2018, the Audacious Project, which operates under the foundation responsible for TED Talks.
In 2021 alone, the project funneled $920 million to a handful of groups engaged in the left’s favorite topics: electric vehicles to stop global warming through ClimateWorks Foundation, the expansion of the welfare state via Code for America and the “modernization” of the American elections via CTCL.
All of that money came from prominent left-wing heavyweights such as the Gates and MacArthur foundations. Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors is also involved through its front group, Climate Leadership Initiative.
Jeff Skoll, a billionaire who funds a film production company (Participant) famous for producing Al Gore An inconvenient truth, is part of the project. Ditto for MacKenzie Scott (formerly Bezos), the third richest woman in the world. The same goes for investment billionaires Steve Jurvetson, Nat Simons and John Arnold. The latter two fund the professional left through Sea Change Foundation and Arnold Ventures, respectively.
Two Swiss mega-founders are on board: Hansjörg Wyss, a medical device CEO with a checkered past who has been accused of making illegal donations to Democrats, and the Geneva-based environmentalist Oak Foundation.
Even Arabella Advisors’ $1.7 billion “dark money” empire is represented in the Science Philanthropy Alliance’s Audacious project, run by the Arabella Network with funding from Mark’s Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative. Zuckerberg and the Rockefeller Foundation.
The Audacious Project engages in what left-leaning philanthropoids call “big bet” grantmaking — projects that aim to fundamentally transform health care, climate policy, elections, and more, under the guise of of “charity”. This is 21st century social engineering, heavily funded by an establishment that has made huge fortunes from American markets and the rule of law and is now using its wealth to destroy these things.
Among the early beneficiaries of the Audacious Project was the Bail Project, a radical group that posts bail to defendants – what it calls an “act of resistance against a system that criminalizes race and poverty” – including criminals accused of crimes committed with firearms. In 2020 alone, more than a fifth of the 162 defendants aided by Project Bail were charged with new crimes “while not bound by charity”, the Chicago Grandstand reported.
Unsurprisingly, the group has since expanded into enacting the cashless bail system that is currently devastating US cities in the name of “social justice,” starting with Illinois in 2021. “Ending Bail In cash,” the group writes on its website, “freedom should be free.” Project Audacious doesn’t report how much money it pumped into Project Bail, but Project Bail has reported revenue of nearly $25 million. dollars in 2018, $15 million in 2019 and $42 million in 2020.
The cashless bail has been so abysmal that even the liberal city of New York is considering ending the program just three years after it began.
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With donors like these, there is no cap for CTCL and the Alliance for Electoral Excellence, whose “big bets” idea is to train election administrators without oversight or accountability, funded by leftist mega-donors. Every county in the country is welcome to apply, but CTCL will be able to exercise strategic control over where it wants to target in much the same way it funneled Zuck dollars to counties rich in Democratic votes in 2020.
Not much has changed, but CTCL – a group founded by Democratic operatives and which has arguably done more damage to voter confidence in the election than any other organization in the country – now assures us that this “election overhaul” “will restore faith in American democracy.”
Americans don’t want their elections redesigned. They want them to be free and fair again. Nearly half of the states have decided not to have their elections paid for by private donors. Why would they let those same partisan interests dictate How? ‘Or’ What these elections are taking place?