Growing list of states taking action to thwart Big Tech’s influence on elections

The deep-pocketed efforts of companies such as Facebook to effectively influence the 2020 presidential election have been well-documented, and now, no fewer than 20 states have passed legislation banning that type of private financing from permeating such contests in the future, as Just the News reports.

The outlet cites research conducted by conservative think tank Capital Research Center that reveals just how seriously a number of state legislatures are taking the threat to election integrity posed by folks such as Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of the aforementioned tech giant.

Back in October, the New York Post provided an exhaustive analysis of Zuckerberg’s election office funding donations during the 2020 cycle, explaining that his largesse toward two nonprofit organizations, namely, the Center for Technology and Civic Life and the Center for Election Innovation and Research, 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, something which the Post argued had a noticeable effect on the eventual result.

As the Post’s William Doyle wrote at the time, “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. 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.”

According to the think tank’s researchers, one of the organizations to which Zuckerberg funneled vast sums of money “distributed grants to hundreds of county and city elections officials in 47 states and the District of Columbia,” with Alabama, for instance, receiving $2.45 million.

In response to what occurred, earlier this year, the Alabama Legislature passed a law prohibiting public officials in charge of election oversight from “soliciting, accepting or using certain donations from an individual or nongovernmental entity for the purpose of funding certain election-related expenses.”

Signing the bill into law was Republican Gov. Kay Ivey, who stated, “In Alabama, we are committed to ensuring the integrity of our election process remains second to none. Big tech’s efforts to undermine the integrity of our elections has no place in our country, and I’m proud to have signed legislation that ensures Alabama’s election process remains air-tight.”

Considering that the potentially pivotal electoral states of Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin received $45 million, $25 million, and $10.1 million of Zuckerberg-directed funds in the 2020 cycle, it is critical that more state legislatures step up and take action to prevent this type of influence from ever corrupting another presidential race.