U.S. Election Infrastructure to Receive Additional Donation of $100M by Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan

Chief Executive Officer of Facebook Inc, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, announced on Tuesday that they are going to donate $100 million more to support and help election officials and fund infrastructure for the upcoming U.S. election in November.

Center for Tech and Civic Life

“We’ve gotten a far greater response than we expected from election officials needing funding for voting infrastructure, so today we’re committing an additional $100 million to the Center for Tech and Civic Life to make sure that every jurisdiction that needs funding to help people vote safely can get it,” Zuckerberg stated in a Facebook post.

Mark also wrote, “So far, more than 2,100 local election jurisdictions have submitted applications to CTCL for support.”

CTCL is a nonprofit based in Chicago, as per its website it is “working to foster a more informed and engaged democracy, and helping to modernize U.S. elections.”

Previously Mark and Priscilla donated $300 million to support the U.S. election process deal with challenges that occurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They helped by funding voting equipment and protective equipment for poll workers

Should Private Funds be Allowed?

In the post, Zuckerberg also vindicated his move and hit back the lawsuits trying to curb the utilization of the funds: “Since our initial donation, there have been multiple lawsuits filed in an attempt to block these funds from being used, based on claims that the organizations receiving donations have a partisan agenda. That’s false,” he said.

The Thomas More Society, which is a conservative legal group is representing clients and funding lawsuits filed in several states. The group in a statement on Tuesday doubled down on its allegation that the CTCL is looking to turn out Democrats, stating that Zuckerberg’s declaration was “further proof that private funds from billionaires must not be allowed to dictate how states manage elections.”

Zuckerberg and Chan announced the election infrastructure donations after Facebook went through both regulatory scrutiny from Washington and pressure from lawmakers to safeguard against misinformation and other election-related abuses on its platform.