The Center for Tech and Civic Life – a nonprofit group that controversially used funds from Mark Zuckerberg to boost turnout for Democrats in the 2020 election – launched a new $80 million initiative targeting local election departments.
Under the leadership of Tiana Epps-Johnson, the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL) overruled local election officials and increase turnout in almost exclusively Democratic districts through mail-in voting in 2020. Proving the partisan conflict of interest, the CTCL supported many election offices’ shifts to vote-by-mail and allegedly accessed mail-in ballots ahead of the election using funds from the Facebook founder’s Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.
Though the group purports to be nonpartisan, following several exposés into the group’s left-wing bias, the CTCL appears to be launching a new $80 million initiative to extend its influence over America’s election departments.
Announced in April of 2022, the U.S. Alliance for Election Excellence is described as a “nonpartisan collaborative that is bringing together election officials, designers, technologists, and other experts to help local election departments improve operations, develop a set of shared standards and values, and obtain access to best-in-class resources to run successful elections.”
The alliance’s website provides scant details on how it plans to accomplish its aforementioned goals.
Local election departments appear to be able to apply to become a “Center for Election Excellence” and, if approved, will receive funding from the alliance.
“During the first year of the program, we’re identifying local election departments who want to join the Alliance and serve as a support system for each other and for other election departments across the country. These offices will be recognized as U.S. Centers for Election Excellence,” explains the procedure.
“Centers will participate in co-creating values and standards of election excellence which will be rolled out to jurisdictions nationwide, uplifting and advancing the profession of election administration in the years to come,” adds the group, which will also “send $80 million in the next five years to election departments across the United States in need of basic funding for equipment replacement and other resources,” according to the Washington Post.
The CSME purports to be bipartisan; however, it was created as a project of the New Venture Fund, the leading “dark money” sponsor for left-wing causes. The New Venture Fund has been criticized by even the New York Times for its “system of political financing, which often obscures the identities of donors,” as “dark money,” calling the network “a leading vehicle for it on the Left.”
Similarly, the Center for Civic Design partners with left-wing groups and financiers to support election initiatives favorable to Democrats, including vote-by-mail and automatic voter registration.
The alliance appears to be a rebranding effort by the CTCL, whose actions during the 2020 election have led to bans on private funding of elections and investigations into its shady conduct. Earlier this year, Zuckerberg even claimed that he would not be engaging in the effective privatization of local election offices again – a claim belied by the latest CTCL announcements.