House Republicans introduce 'End Zuckerbucks Act' to stop nonprofit organization donations to election groups
House Republicans introduced a bill Thursday that would prohibit non-profit organizations from providing direct funding to election organizations in an attempt to stop wealthy donors from influencing elections in a hidden fashion.
The legislation was prompted by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg providing hundreds of millions to the non-profit organization Center for Tech and Civic Life in 2020, which Republicans say unfairly used the funds for election purposes.
The End Zuckerbucks Act would amend the Internal Revenue Code to prohibit 501(c)(3) non-profits, which are tax-exempt organizations, from providing direct funding to state and local election officials at the risk 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.
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The End Zuckerbucks 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.
“This influence has no place in our elections, and the American people deserve transparency about the integrity of the elections officials we count on," Stefanik told the Daily Caller. "Voters deserve transparency about the sources of donations and where the funds were distributed — and this bill seeks to provide them with that transparency."
Zuckerberg admitted to the $350 million donation made to CTCL but said it was made in good faith without any partisan motives.
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"While Mark and Priscilla provided an overall grant to CTCL to ensure funding was available, they did not participate in the process to determine which jurisdictions received funds, and as a (c)(3) CTCL is prohibited from engaging in partisan activities.” a spokesperson for the Chan Zuckerberg family told the Daily Caller.
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