According to a former state Supreme Court justice working to probe possible irregularities in Wisconsin’s 2020 election, tech mogul Mark Zuckerberg funnelled millions of dollars into the contest in local jurisdictions in order to facilitate the defeat of then-President Donald Trump.
During a recent informational hearing of the Wisconsin Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections for which he is working, former Justice Michael Gableman detailed the social media CEO’s efforts in the Dairy State, telling those in attendance, “It’s very clear that Mark Zuckerberg’s goal was to defeat Donald Trump and elect Joe Biden. He poured $8.8 million into Democrat cities in Wisconsin and in the guise of ‘Covid safety.’”
Those funds, according to Gableman, were given by Zuckerberg to mayors in five different cities throughout Wisconsin, initially for the purpose of implementing coronavirus mitigation and safety strategies, but which were ultimately shifted for use in a get out the vote initiative apparently modeled on a plan crafted by Democrat political operative David Plouffe to orchestrate a Trump loss. WATCH:
“It’s very clear that Mark Zuckerberg’s goal was to defeat Donald Trump and elect Joe Biden.”
He poured $8.8 million into Democrat cities in Wisconsin and in the guise of “covid safety” used it for a GOTV campaign for Democrats
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) December 7, 2021
This is not the first time that Zuckerberg’s financial involvement with local election offices has come under fire, with news emerging earlier this year that he spent at least $400 million in a supposed push to help them make virus-related accommodations in advance of last fall, as U.S. News & World Report has noted.
The New York Post provided an exhaustive analysis of Zuckerberg’s donations back in October, explaining that his largesse toward two nonprofits, namely, the Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL) and the Center for Election Innovation and Research (CEIR), was not exactly the nonpartisan gesture he characterized it to be.
In Wisconsin, for example, Zuckerberg’s money boosted per-voter funding in heavily Democratic Brown County from roughly $7 to $47, whereas more conservative rural areas received roughly $4 per voter from the state itself, according to the Post, something which the outlet argues had a noticeable effect on the eventual result.
“The practical effect of these massive, privately manipulated election-office funding disparities was to create a “shadow” election system with a built-in structural bias that systematically favored Democratic voters over Republican voters,” wrote the Post’s William Doyle, who added, “The massive influx of funds essentially created a high-powered, concierge-like get-out-the-vote effort for Biden that took place inside the election system, rather than attempting to influence it from the outside.”
Though Gableman has faced continued attacks from Democrats in his state accusing him of extreme partisanship and a lack of transparency in the investigation he was tapped to lead, kudos to him for his tireless efforts to root out the sort of corruption many still believe have a material effect on the last presidential election.