Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s influence on the 2020 election appears to run at a deeper level and on a larger scale than anyone could imagine.
Zuckerberg announced in September that he had donated $250 million to the Chicago-based Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL) to help local governments across the country prepare for the November election amid the coronavirus pandemic. He then augmented that amount with another $100 million shortly before the election.
According to Breitbart News, in September and October, CTCL provided $15.8 million in “safe elections” grants to three counties in the Metropolitan Atlanta area, Fulton, Cobb, and Gwinnett—three Democrat stronghold counties where Hillary Clinton defeated Donald Trump in 2016.
In the 2016 election, in those three counties combined, Hillary Clinton’s net vote margin over Donald Trump was 205,641.
While in the 2020 presidential election, Democratic nominee Joe Biden had a net vote margin of 242,379 votes over President Trump, which represents an increase of 168,703 over Hillary Clinton’s, Breibart reported.
This increase accounted for 76 percent of Biden’s 221,751 vote margin gain in Georgia, giving Biden the win.
In addition to those three metropolitan Atlanta counties other Democrat-led counties that also received grants from CTCL included Dougherty, Macon-Bibb County and cities in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. All those areas targeted in that grant voted for Clinton in 2016 and Biden in 2020.
The largest city in Pennsylvania received more than $10 million from CTCL after it promised to secure 800 polling places and 800,000 ballots cast in the presidential election, according to Just The News.
“The number of promised polling places is more than four times the 190 polling places opened during the city’s pandemic-affected primary earlier this year, and the promised turnout was estimated to be as many as 120,000 voters larger than the 2016 presidential election, which drew about 680,000 voters. About 80% of the vote went to Democrats in 2016 in the city,” states the outlet.
During a hearing before Congress in 2018, Zuckerberg vowed that fighting interference in elections around the world was his top priority.
“This is an area where I think more transparency will really help discourse overall and root out foreign interference in elections,” Zuckerberg said.
President Donald Trump and Republicans have long feuded with Facebook and Twitter over censorship during this election cycle. The Media Research Center released a study last month that showed Facebook and Twitter have censored President Trump and his campaign 65 times while the Democratic presidential nominee hasn’t been censored once.
Facebook has covered up the Hunter Biden controversy and recently removed a viral group “Stop the Steal,” which was established by Women for America First, on its platform after it accused Democrats of “scheming to disenfranchise and nullify Republicans votes” and gained more than 350,000 members in a single day.