ZuckBucks – Need To Add Hays and Travis Counties to 2020 Election Audit

Sep 28, 2021 by

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“ZuckBucks – Need To Add Hays and Travis Counties to 2020 Election Audit”

By Donna Garner

9.28.21

[COMMENTS FROM DONNA GARNER:  At the present time, only four counties in Texas have been selected to have their 2020 election results audited.  The four are Collin, Dallas, Harris, and Tarrant. However, I believe strongly that Hays and Travis Counties need to be audited also. Below are reasons why Hays and Travis Counties need to be audited – “Zuck Bucks” from Mark Zuckerberg and Texas State Board of Education member Rebecca Bell-Metereau.]

March 2021 – Public Interest Legal Foundation

“Building Bias: Urban Texas Counties Used $36 Million in ZuckBucks in 2020 Election”

9.28.21 UPDATE: This link is no longer available (https://publicinterestlegal.org/files/Texas-ZuckBucks-Summary-Brief.pdf), but there are other articles that contain documentation on Zuck Bucks distributed by Mark Zuckerberg in Texas:

Please notice links to data sets at the bottom of this article – 5.7.21: https://capitalresearch.org/article/how-mark-zuckerberg-almost-handed-texas-to-the-democrats-2/

5.24.21:  https://thefederalist.com/2021/05/24/mark-zuckerberg-should-never-be-allowed-to-touch-u-s-elections-again/ 

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[COMMENTS FROM DONNA GARNER:  I believe the money from Mark Zuckerberg’s CTCL is the reason that Texas State Board of Education member Rebecca Bell-Metereau (Democrat) was able to beat Lani Popp (Republican).  It was clearly the votes in Travis County (took $1,144,709 from Mark Zuckerberg’s CTCL) and in Hays County (took $289,075 from CTCL) that put Rebecca Bell-Metereau over the finish line. (Williamson County is not in Popp/RBM SBOE district.)  RBM hardly campaigned at all and yet won. 

I believe Zuckerberg’s funds explain why an obvious favorite (Lani Popp — who won in all of the other counties in her SBOE district except for Travis and Hays Counties – Austin area) was beaten by someone such as RBM who is obviously unfit to guide our state’s 5.6 million K-12 students.  Please read through the following article, particularly noticing the section on Rebecca Bell-Metereau’s background:    

9.12.20 — “Clear Choice for Tex. Voters:  True Patriot vs. Hard-Left Extremist for SBOE” — By Donna Garner – EdViews.orghttps://www.educationviews.org/clear-choice-for-tex-voters-true-patriot-vs-hard-left-extremist-for-sboe/

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ACTION STEP:  Contact Texas Legislators to pass HB 2283 – To stop money from people such as Mark Zuckerberg from being sent to Texas county election administrators “to steal elections” for the Democrats — https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=87R&Bill=HB2283

To read text of HB 2283 introduced by Tex. Rep. Phil King https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/Text.aspx?LegSess=87R&Bill=HB2283

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“Building Bias: Urban Texas Counties Used $36 Million in ZuckBucks in 2020 Election”

Excerpts from this article:

Flush with cash from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, the Center for Tech and Civil Life (CTCL) flooded key Texas county election offices with cash [i.e., ZuckBucks] to adopt procedures preferred by the outside group.

With the dust on the election settled, it’s time to discern how the money was spent, if it influenced outcomes, and just how much cash are we talking about? The answer is, the private money started the process of turning Texas toward procedures outside of the normal statutory framework for running elections.

Urban and nearby suburban counties [in Texas] within the 14 studied roughly presented [made possible] a 30 percent increase in turnout for Trump and 40 percent for Biden, compared to 2016 totals.

One of the most insidious effects these grants can have is injecting structural bias into the local election administration process…

Grant award letters reviewed by the Foundation showed Texas counties were given money to help shift voting to the mail and away from traditional procedures in Texas law.

The large blue leaning counties received huge sums to transform their elections. Smaller red counties did not receive anything close.

Mandated changes [by Zuckerberg’s CTCL grants] included for Texas:

Drive-thru voting

Mail voting sorting assets

Polling place rental expenses

Temp labor expenses, hazard pay

Personal protective equipment (PPE)

Voter education/outreach/radio costs

Yes. Tarrant County, the last urban red county in Texas, flipped in 2020 with Biden improving by 43% in raw votes over 2016 to Trump’s 18%. Tarrant received $1.6 million dollars [from CTCL]. The Tarrant County Election Administrator’s budget for the 2020 Election was originally $8,089,517. CTCL juiced that budget by almost 21 percent.

Biden also flipped Austin metro area Hays and Williamson Counties with raw vote improvements between 70 and 80 percent.

According to county interviews performed by PILF, county election administrators explained they were invited to apply for grants—particularly if they were smaller in terms of population. The optics were better in making the operation look fairer and in the public interest by padding the grantees with small counties whose political loyalties were never in doubt. Nationally, the majority of grants went to jurisdictions with less than 25,000 residents.

Once the CTCL and the county agreed to how the money would be spent and that it would not be used to supplant existing budget items, the cash came rolling in.

Rep. Phil King of Weatherford (Parker County took $54,072 from CTCL) filed HB 2283 to prohibit these kinds of practices going forward. The bill has sat in the House Elections Committee since March 15.

ZuckBucks  [money from Mark Zuckerberg] affected roughly 74 percent of Texas residents by total population with grants given to 115 counties. If Texas’ election was limited only to those counties receiving the private funds, Joe Biden would have bested Donald Trump by roughly 270,000 votes.

CONCLUSION:  In November 2020, Texas performed two kinds of elections. While the majority of counties (just 26% of state population) stuck to established/publicly budgeted procedures, the rest took Silicon Valley money in return for preferred administrative practices.

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ACTION STEP:  Urge Texas Legislators to pass HB 2283 to stop money from people such as Mark Zuckerberg from being sent to Texas county election administrators “to steal elections” for the Democrats — https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=87R&Bill=HB2283

To read text of HB 2283 introduced by Tex. Rep. Phil King https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/Text.aspx?LegSess=87R&Bill=HB2283

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