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Congresswoman Claudia Tenney Introduces Bill to End Zuckerbucks, Safeguard Election Integrity

July 1, 2021

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (NY-22), co-chair of the House Election Integrity Caucus, today introduced the End Zuckerbucks Act (H.R. 4290). This bill, which has 12 original cosponsors, would amend the Internal Revenue Code to prohibit 501(c)(3) tax exempt organizations from providing direct funding to official election organizations. 

During the 2020 Election, Mark Zuckerberg poured $350 million into the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL), a left-leaning non-profit run by former Obama staffers. CTCL then funneled this money directly to Boards of Elections, completely bypassing any accountability or oversight from state legislatures or local governments. CTCL said at the time that this money was for PPE, but it was actually used for just about everything but PPE. As election officials have since admitted, this includes Get Out the Vote campaigns, mailers to registered voters, online voter registration drives, among other uses. 

In addition, the money CTCL provided went to overwhelmingly Democratic precincts. According to one analysis, 92 percent of this money went to Democratic-leaning precincts. CTCL reportedly used this money as leverage to advance their own partisan agenda. For example, to be eligible for CTCL money, election agencies had to open new polling places, add more drop boxes, and other requirements that had little to do with COVID, but everything to do with raising voter turnout in predominately Democratic counties. 

"The right to vote is sacred. The administration of our elections is not something that should be sold to the highest bidder or wealthiest Silicon Valley donor. This kind of influence operation by a third-party in America’s elections undermines public confidence in the democratic process. It puts private donors in charge of dictating to government agencies what should and should not be done. It should not have happened in 2020, and the End Zuckerbucks Act will make sure it never does again," said Tenney.

“This influence has no place in our elections and the American people deserve transparency about the integrity of the elections officials we count on. Voters deserve transparency about the sources of donations and where the funds were distributed – and this bill seeks to provide them with that transparency,” said House Republican Conference Chair Congresswoman Elise Stefanik.

“Zuckerberg quietly flooded the 2020 election with hundreds of millions and 92% of it went to Democrat districts. This is an enormous scandal, and most media outlets refuse to acknowledge it. I’m thankful to Congresswoman Tenney for stepping up, highlighting the problem and offering a solution. Her election integrity caucus acts as a whistleblower and problem solver and America needs both to safeguard our democracy," said Congressman Jim Banks. 

Original cosponsors of the bill include Representatives Elise Stefanik, Jim Banks, Dan Bishop, Andy Harris, Steve Womack, Barry Moore, Jeff Fortenberry, Lauren Boebert, Chip Roy, Mo Brooks, Mike Kelly, and John Rutherford.