Trump says Mark Zuckerberg’s $400million funding for local election offices was ‘illegal’

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Trump tells Bill O’Reilly Mark Zuckerberg’s $400million funding for local election offices was ‘illegal’ and he ‘won’t get away with’ trying to swing the election for Biden

  • Former President Trump accused Mark Zuckerberg of ‘illegal’ donations
  • The Facebook CEO gave more than $400 million to nonprofits supporting local election offices
  •  ‘What he did, in my opinion, was illegal,’ Trump told Bill O’Reilly
  • Conservatives believe the money helped drive turnout in Democratic counties 


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Former President Donald Trump accused Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg of ‘illegal’ election interference by donating more than $400 million for local election offices after a new study found they boosted Democratic turnout in Texas. 

Trump has repeatedly said the social media giant is guilty of censorship after it banned it from the platform after the Jan. 6 attack on Congress. 

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Now he is targeting Zuckerberg’s donations of about $419.5 million to a pair of nonprofits — the Center for Technology and Civic Life and the Center for Election Innovation and Research — to support local election offices as they tried to cope with increased mail-in voting during the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘What he did, in my opinion, was illegal,’ Trump told Bill O’Reilly in an interview broadcast on Monday interview on The First TV.

‘He’s going to get away with it,’ O’Reilly said, according to the New York Post.

Trump replied: ‘Well, you don’t know if he’s going to get away with it. OK.’

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 At the time Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan said their money would be used ‘to support election officials with the infrastructure they need to administer the vote.’

Former President Donald Trump

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Former President Trump renewed his attack on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Monday, claiming his donations to local election officials were ‘illegal’

That would included funding for voting equipment, personal protective gear such as face masks for poll workers and money for extra staff. 

He and his company were under intense pressure throughout the election amid accusations that Facebook was not doing enough to prevent the spread of misinformation.

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Now conservatives are seizing on data published in The Federalist by former University of Dallas economics professor William Doyle that showed the money may have helped Biden in Texas during last year’s election.  

Former Republican Federal Election Commission member Hans von Spakovsky said he private funding of local election offices should be outlawed.

‘My reaction is that this was a carefully orchestrated attempt to convert official government election offices into get-out-the-vote operations for one political party and to insert political operatives into election offices in order to influence and manipulate the outcome of the election,’ he told The Post. 

The move may have created unequal opportunities to vote in different parts of a state, he said. 

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However, a spokesman for Zuckerberg and his wife said their contributions were legal.  

‘When our nation’s election infrastructure faced unprecedented challenges last year due to the pandemic and the federal government failed to provide adequate funds, Mark and Priscilla provided funding to two non-partisan organizations that helped cities and states ensure that residents could vote regardless of their party or preference,’ he told The Post.

‘The grants to CTCL and CEIR were made in full compliance with the law. CTCL and CEIR issued an open call to state and local jurisdictions across the country and provided funding for all jurisdictions that applied. 

‘Nearly 2,500 election jurisdictions from 49 states applied for and received funds, including urban, suburban, rural, and exurban counties – and more Republican than Democratic jurisdictions applied for and received the funds.’ 

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