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Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan donate $100 million more to U.S. election infrastructure

Economy Oct 13, 2020 02:25PM ET
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By Elizabeth Culliford

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, said on Tuesday that they will donate an additional $100 million to support election officials and fund infrastructure for the U.S. election in November.

"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 said in a Facebook post.

"So far, more than 2,100 local election jurisdictions have submitted applications to CTCL for support," he wrote.

CTCL is a Chicago-based nonprofit that, according to its website, is "working to foster a more informed and engaged democracy, and helping to modernize U.S. elections."

The pair previously donated $300 million to help the U.S. election process deal with challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, for example, by funding voting equipment and protective equipment for poll workers

In the post, Zuckerberg also hit back at lawsuits trying to block the use 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, a conservative legal group that is representing clients and funding lawsuits filed in multiple states, in a statement on Tuesday doubled down on its allegation that the CTCL seeks to turn out Democrats, saying Zuckerberg's announcement was "further proof that private funds from billionaires must not be allowed to dictate how states manage elections."

Zuckerberg and Chan's election infrastructure donations come as Facebook faces both regulatory scrutiny from Washington and pressure from lawmakers to protect against misinformation and other election-related abuses on its platform.

Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan donate $100 million more to U.S. election infrastructure
 

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Eudon Hickey
Eudon Hickey Oct 15, 2020 1:39AM ET
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What is sad....$100m can be spend on people instead of an electionWhy not pay for sick people, hungry people, sponsor poor families kids for schools/universities....what about clean water projects??
Spencer James
Spencer James Oct 13, 2020 6:27PM ET
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it's funny all the polls say Trump is losing but every pro left article I see is being put in its place by trump supporters 10 to 1. the media is so fake news. Trump 2020 !
Spencer James
Spencer James Oct 13, 2020 6:24PM ET
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"I'm donating all this money and I have nothing gain" said nobody ever on either side.
Noah Cummings
Noah Cummings Oct 13, 2020 4:51PM ET
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They need those write offs to offset their realized capital gains before the tax code chages again lol
Michael Angelo
Michael Angelo Oct 13, 2020 2:58PM ET
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All the site under republican wisdom attack. lol.
Spencer James
Spencer James Oct 13, 2020 2:58PM ET
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because there is no wisdom left on the dem side
Kilo Byte
Kilo Byte Oct 13, 2020 2:54PM ET
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Suddenly the left's "get big money out of politics" chants fall silent.
Ryan Doty
Ryan Doty Oct 13, 2020 2:54PM ET
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You dont get it, its “different” when it works in their benefit
Frank Taylor
Frank Taylor Oct 13, 2020 2:41PM ET
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$100 million to support BALLOT HARVESTING
Armando Perez
Armando Perez Oct 13, 2020 2:41PM ET
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That's what they're good at! They can't win an election without FRAUD from big tech! Censorship is their number one strategy! Bunch of psychopaths! #Trump2020
 
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