A recent report from Breitbart News revealed that the Fulton County Board of Commissioners in Georgia accepted a Mark-Zuckerberg funded Center for Technology and Civic Life “Safe Elections” project at a September 2, 2020 during a board meeting.
While accepting money might not seem out of the ordinary for a politician, what does seem strange is that they don’t appear to have in any way questioned the name of the group providing the funding, the origin of the funding, or the details of what the funding would be used for.
Georgia is one of the states at the center of the election saga that has stretched to well over a month since election night, and the state, specifically Fulton county, has been questioned extensively about the chain of custody surrounding their absentee ballots put in about 300 drop boxes around the state, which was approved by the Georgia State Election Board.
“The office of Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said it had no idea how many of the 1.3 million absentee ballots (out of five million total votes cast) counted in the 2020 general presidential election were delivered by drop boxes vs. delivered by the mail,” Breitbart News reported.
Currently, former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump in Georgia by the slimmest sliver of a margin of fewer than 12,000 votes. That margin could be questioned further when it is noted that in Fulton county alone, Biden received 381,144 votes compared to Donald Trump’s 137,240.
It’s further suspicious considering that “Fulton County says 59,143 were Election Day votes, 146.994 were Absentee by Mail, 314,985 were Advanced Voting Votes, and 3.537 were Provisional Votes,” according to Breitbart.
According to the transcripts from their board meeting, it appears that the funding was earmarked specifically for “elections processing and voting equipment.” The entire thing was presented as an add-on memo, and if the group had had time to review the origins of the money, they did not discuss it on the record, noting only that it was “time-sensitive” and voting it through immediately.
Later in the meeting, after the vote to accept the funding was already taken, Fulton County Elections Director Richard Barron told the Fulton County Board of Commissioners of a grant he was able to secure, but again, didn’t mention the name of the funding group, or that the grantor was funded just the day before by the Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan to the tune of $250 million.
“Originally, the budget for Registration and Elections was 15.1 million, when it was adopted for physical year 2020. The core election’s budget was 3.1 million supplements for general election’s year with 12 million — it was $12 million. We also had a capital set-aside fund that was approved in 2019 to purchase carriers and, also, the buses and to add personnel,” Barron continued.
“I went this summer and sought some grant funding, which the BOC approved today for over $6.3 million, and we’ve also received $5 million in COVID funding. And then with the $3.5 million soundings request today, that totals $14.5 million more in additional investments for we’re going to be — we were able to secure a lot of new polling places for, if we clean them afterward, we got tech-support at all voting locations, postage and absentee ballots that we have to mail out,” Barron told the board.
Barron was promptly applauded for his work in securing the grant, but no one, throughout the process ever publicly named where the grant was originating or named the Zuckerberg-funded CTCL “Safe Elections” Project.
What was the motivation behind the foundation? Is it suspicious that this money went to a crucial state, where ballot machines were found abandoned on the side of the road at the height of the election debate? It appears that’s not a question that the Fulton County Board of Elections is comfortable answering at this time. Perhaps Facebook will tell us if we finally click that “see elections results” button.