A group of voters organized to file a lawsuit to prevent the channeling of millions of dollars from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google, and other Silicon Valley technology firms through the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL), which they said is trying to influence the results of the November presidential election.

According to a recent report by Breitbart, voters in four states grouped under the Project Friendship organization filed federal lawsuits stating that the use of funds that technology companies, and especially Zuckerberg, are channeling through the CTCL, violates a federal law known as the Help America Vote Act, which prohibits local governments from accepting federal election donations without prior state legislative approval, in order to avoid generating government favoritism in the election process.

The complaint alleges that the CTCL used funds to provide “grants” to local municipal governments to finance election activities. These efforts intentionally target historically Democratic localities in order to increase voter participation in those areas that won a large majority for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, in an effort to influence the 2020 election and maintain those advantages.

According to a recently released Project Friendship press release, Project Friendship’s director, Phill Kline, said, “Government cannot be in the business of playing favorites in elections. These targeted funds pay government officials to turn out the vote in blue jurisdictions while the governors in these states are making it difficult and actually discouraging in-person voting on Election Day in more conservative areas of the states.”

Kline added, “Government targeting Democrat portions of a state to increase voter turnout, while also targeting Republican areas of the state to make it harder to vote, violates the basic premise of American jurisprudence that we are all equal before the law.”

The statement also clarified that while Zuckerberg may use his private funds to help voters, it is unethical and illegal for city officials to use CTCL funds to favor one class of voters over another. 

Breitbart News reported on a complaint filed against the CTCL by the Wisconsin Voters Alliance (WVA) in early September, with a similar goal to the one mentioned recently by the Project Friendship complaint. A WVA press release said, “The CTCL has so far awarded $16.3 million to the five cities of Wisconsin and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which cast more than 82% of their combined more than one million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016. 

Another report from Breitbart, recently reported that Zuckerberg along with his wife Priscilla Chan, intend to donate up to $300 million to help with preparations for the upcoming presidential election. The donation will be channeled from the founding of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.