Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan will donate an additional $ 100 million to help local election offices prepare for the US presidential election in November. This contribution, together with Zuckerberg and Chan’s precedent to fund the election infrastructure, represents a total contribution of $ 400 million.
The US Congress had allocated a fund in March due to the changing behavior of voters during the pandemic, the AP news agency reported. Electoral pundits had estimated it could cost $ 4 billion to make all the changes, but Republicans in the Senate did not act on a Democrat-controlled House bill that included $ 3.6 billion to help officials. voting. Zuckerberg and Chan filled the remaining void through their contributions to the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL), a non-profit organization.
However, these contributions are not doing well with some groups. A Republican legal group late last week announced it had filed lawsuits in nine states swinging against these donations. Phill Kline of the Thomas More Society’s Amistad project in a statement said the litigation called the donations “an insidious, coordinated and stealthy campaign to manipulate this year’s election.”
Zuckerberg, in a post on Facebook, acknowledged the controversy. “Since our initial donation, there have been multiple lawsuits filed in an attempt to block the use of these funds, based on claims that the organizations receiving donations have a partisan program,” Zuckerberg wrote. “It’s false. These funds will serve communities across the country, urban, rural and suburban, and are awarded by non-partisan organizations. “
Zuckerberg also noted that he agrees with those who say the government should have provided the funds and not private citizens. “I hope that the government will provide adequate funding for the future elections. But in the absence of such funding, I think it is essential that this urgent need is met. “
Zuckerberg and Chan already contributed $ 300 million to the election infrastructure in September. The report found that donors had already contributed to CTCL and that it is receiving contributions from Facebook Founders
“We have seen tremendous interest in the COVID-19 Response Grant program over the past month from over 2,100 election officials who are seeking funding to ensure safe and healthful electoral options for voters in every corner of the country,” Tiana Epps-Johnson , the executive director of CTCL said in a statement. The money will be used for protective equipment to prevent the spread of the coronavirus at the polls sites, drive-thru voting venues, mail-order ballot processing equipment, and more.
This election office contribution along with the precedents of Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan represents a total contribution of $ 400 million.
- The United States Congress had allocated a fund in March due to the changing behavior of voters during the pandemic.
- Electoral experts had estimated it could cost $ 4 billion to make all the changes.
- Zuckerberg noted that he agrees with those who say the government should have provided the funds and not private citizens.