Michigan County Joins Ban on Private Election Financing

Livingston County, Michigan this week became the latest jurisdiction in the nation and the first in its state to ban private funding of election administration.

The move came after good government advocates grew furious that a group of Mark Zuckerberg-funded activists, the left-leaning Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL), flooded election offices in Democratic Party strongholds. Michigan with millions of dollars in an apparent effort. increase voter turnout for this party in 2020.

Critics say Zuckerberg, the billionaire Facebook founder and Democratic activist, and his wife Priscilla Chan gave the money in an effort to influence the 2020 election.

Critics say the grants achieved Zuckerberg’s goal.

In 2016, then-Republican candidate Donald Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in Michigan by 10,704 votes. But in 2020, Democrat Joe Biden beat Trump in the state by 154,188 votes, according to official results reported by Ballotpedia.

Critics say the help provided by CTCL in Detroit, Benton Harbor, Muskegon and other heavily Democratic jurisdictions in the state may have put Biden on top.

On June 13, the Livingston County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to ban the acceptance of unregulated funds to fund the election, a move that attorney Erick Kaardal says will strengthen the integrity of the election.

Kaardal, a special counsel for the Thomas More Society, a national public interest law firm that protects religious freedom and maintains an election integrity practice, said he provided commissioners with an analysis of the resolution before they don’t vote on it.

Livingston County sits between Detroit and Lansing, the state capital.

The committee’s vote brings Michigan one step closer to a national movement to ban ‘dark money’, or political spending intended to influence voters, where the donor is undisclosed and the source of the money is unknown. , did he declare.

Walworth County in neighboring Wisconsin has become the first local government in that state to ban the acceptance of private funds or grants for use in administering elections, as reported by The Epoch Times.

“In the past 18 months, 20 states have enacted laws prohibiting private money to administer public elections,” Kaardal said in a statement in which he identified Texas, Florida, Ohio and Arizona. , among those who currently have such laws in force.

He said the legislatures of six other states had passed such legislation, but governors had vetoed it.

“This is a victory for voters in Livingston County and will hopefully pave the way for other local governments to optimize election integrity in their areas,” Kaardal said.

“When there is no insistence on election integrity from the top, it is up to counties and municipalities to protect the right of voters entrusted to them.”

“Because Michigan’s executive branch was unwilling to keep private money out of the election, it’s incumbent on cities and counties to protect themselves from outside interference from illegal money sources,” Kaardal said.

“People understand that the right to vote is the cornerstone of a free society and that biased intervention by those who influence the outcome with their dirty money must not be tolerated.”

The Epoch Times has asked CTCL for comment but had not received a response as of press time.

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Matthew Vadum is an award-winning investigative journalist and recognized expert on left-wing activism.

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