May 23, 2022

Group that distributed election funds from Mark Zuckerberg says it won’t disburse similar funds for midterms

The organization that distributed much of the $350 million that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg donated during the 2020 election cycle said on Monday that it will not release similar funds toward the midterm elections.

The Center for Technology and Civic Life has chosen a different approach following criticisms from conservative leaders, focusing instead on a new $80 million effort to improve technology and processes for local elections.

“Unfortunately, years of underinvestment means many local election departments often have limited capacity and training. The U.S. Alliance for Election Excellence is bringing together world-class partners so that local election officials no longer have to go it alone,” CTCL Executive Director Tiana Epps-Johnson announced the new program at the TED2022 conference on Monday, according to the Associated Press.

Conservatives will likely be happy to hear the news about the stop in election funding, but may also be cautious over the group’s new venture.

Issues related to election technology served as a major concern for many as accusations were made regarding voting machine issues that allegedly changed voting totals in some locations during the 2020 election.

The concerns were a major part of former President Donald Trump’s claims regarding “the big lie” that led to push back from social media outlets and others.

The new report may end one problem but has the potential to create others, leading to the need for close scrutiny of the non-profit organization’s election activities.

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