A bill introduced by House Republicans on Thursday would hamstring nonprofit organizations from sending funds directly to elections organizations, according to The Washington Examiner.
The bill is an effort to keep wealthy donors from impacting election results in an underhanded way, something conservatives were concerned could have taken place in the 2020 presidential election.
One group of specific concern was the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, headed by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg massively funded some election organizations weeks before the last election.
According to the Examiner, the CZI gave hundreds of millions to the non-profit organization Center for Tech and Civic Life in 2020, which Republicans believe unfairly used those funds in the election.
The bill, known as the End Zuckerbucks Act would change the Internal Revenue Code to prohibit 501(c)(3) non-profits from providing direct funding to state and local officials on penalty of losing their tax-exempt status.
“Mark Zuckerberg channeled $350 million to government agencies during the 2020 election with zero transparency or accountability, and he used the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL) to do it, a left-leaning non-profit,” Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney of New York, one of the lead sponsors of the bill, told the Daily Caller.
“CTCL said the money was for [personal protective equipment], but it was actually used for Get Out the Vote efforts and electioneering. It is no surprise that the vast majority of CTCL’s ‘Zuckerbucks’ ended up in predominantly Democratic counties,” she added.
The act has 11 Republican original co-sponsors: Rep Dan. Bishop of North Carolina, Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York, Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland, Rep. Steve Womack of Arkansas, Rep. Barry Moore of Alabama, Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska, Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado, Rep. Chip Roy of Texas, Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama, Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana, and Rep. Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania.