A group of House Republicans sent a letter Monday to the left-leaning group Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL), wanting them to explain what they did with the money. originally they said the money was for Personal Protective Equipment. (PPE) But, as the lawmakers point out, less than 1% of the money went to PPE. Republican New York Rep. Claudia Tenney is leading the inquiry.
Tenney was joined by 13 other House Republicans in sending the letter. CTCL gave $350 million to nearly 2,500 election officials in 48 states. They have called on the CTCL to immediately publish their full financial 990s for public review. That is their duty as a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit.
The letter states:
“Many state and local entities have reported spending your grant money on expenses as varied and unrelated to COVID-19 as advertising, designing absentee ballots, registering teen voters, automatic voter registration, and even pay raises and new vehicle purchases.
An elections supervisor in Lowndes County, Georgia, stated that CTCL was ‘very lenient regarding what we could spend the money on. They put virtually no restrictions on it as long as it relates to the election.’ Furthermore, it appears that 92% of CTCL grants were given to overwhelmingly Democrat-leaning precincts.”
The letter continues:
“Pennsylvania State Representative Eric Nelson raised concerns with certain counties receiving disproportionate funding, stating ‘I just felt, ethically, it was disturbing to me that the private grant distribution was happening, and it was not happening evenly between counties.’”
“These reports and others have raised red flags around the country and states are now taking action to prohibit this type of outside investment in the future. To date, twelve states have or are planning to introduce legislation to prohibit election officials from accepting private funds. Given the serious questions and inconsistencies surrounding CTCL grants, it is especially vital that your organization promptly release its full financial data so the public can properly assess the influence of this $350 million during the 2020 election.”
The money was supposed to pay for PPE but instead, it was used for elections and was used primarily in Democratic districts.
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Tenney told the Daily Caller:
“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 nonprofit. CTCL said the money was for PPE, but it was 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.”
Non-profits are not supposed to be political and they could lose their tax-exempt status over their indiscretions.