Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, who said that questioning the election results is “attacking our Democracy“, is being sued by a group of Michigan voters alleging Benson allowed “partisan operatives” to pour millions of dollars in private money to select Democrat cities and counties for get-out-the-vote initiatives.
The lawsuit was filed Monday in the Michigan Court of Claims, just a day before Tuesday’s election.
According to Detroit News, the filing
“alleges the Chicago-based Center for Tech and Civic Life gave money to county and local clerks in the battleground state to print and distribute absentee ballots and mail-in ballots and add drop boxes. The goal was to increase ballots cast ‘in only certain urban and predominantly Democratic precincts” and “selectively influence the outcome of the 2020 general election,’ ”
The Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL) is a known left-wing organization based in Chicago. Started in 2012, the organization pushes for “left-of-center” voting policies and election administration. Using COVID-19 as a pretext, CTCL has been very active in pushing for vote-by-mail ballots and setting up the infrastructure to see it happen across the country.
According to Influence Watch, CTCL is funded by several liberal and leftist organizations like the Skoll Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation.
In September, Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan seeded CTCL with a $250 million grant.
“Chan and Zuckerberg have committed $250 million to CTCL, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to creating a more engaged democracy, which will regrant funds to local election jurisdictions across the country to help ensure that they have the staffing, training, and equipment necessary so that this November every eligible voter can participate in a safe and timely way and that their vote is counted.”
Detroit News reports that,
“The infusion of private money, the filing contends, violates state law that calls for jurisdictions to use public — not private — funds for such voter initiatives. By allowing this, Benson has diminished the voting rights of certain Michigan residents and failed to uphold her constitutional and statutory duty, the plaintiffs contend.”
Benson, who is a Democrat, declined to comment on the lawsuit. The CTCL called the lawsuit “frivolous.”
Thor Hearne, an attorney with True North Law in St. Louis is representing the plaintiffs. The filing alleges that starting in July, the center has paid at least $3.5 million to Wayne County and Detroit; $467,625 to Flint; $417,000 to Ann Arbor; $443,000 to Lansing and $8,500 to East Lansing; $433,580 to Muskegon; $402,878 to Saginaw; and $218,869 to Kalamazoo.
In total, $5.9 million was paid to urban, predominantly Democrat district election officials.
” ‘It is really unseemly to have private groups paying local officials,’ Hearne told The Detroit News. ‘If anyone wants to be partisan operatives just do so in a way that complies with the rules and doesn’t undermine the integrity of the election.’ “
With Big Tech’s push to control and censor conservative viewpoints, while promoting viewpoints that support Democrat campaigns and causes, the gifting of money by Facebook to CTCL, the timing of their influx of funds into Michigan, and the motives behind it are highly suspicious.
There is a lot of this going around.