Sam Page, a county executive in St. Louis County, Missouri, has taken grant money from a far-Left ballot harvesting nonprofit organization funded by the billionaires of Silicon Valley. And he’s just one of many candidates and organizations across the county doing so.
The Center for Tech & Civic Life (CTCL), couched as a nonprofit “election reform” group, is based out of Chicago. Founded in 2012, the same year the AFL-CIO backed Analyst Institute spearheaded then-President Barack Obama’s re-election get out the vote effort, the CTCL has spent more than $6 million in Wisconsin alone. CTCL is active in Pennsylvania and other critical swing states as well.
“This group, the Center for Tech and Civic Life, there’s a lawsuit right now against this group,” said radio host Vicki McKenna, describing the lawsuit raising concerns of illegal ballot harvesting in an interview with Michelle Malkin, “Because it’s private money that is being delivered to cities to conduct elections, and if this in fact is the money behind the Madison Event, conduct elections with illegal ballot harvesting.”
The left-wing "Center for Tech and Civic Life" appears to be dispensing millions in private money to cities to "conduct election events, train poll workers" & engage "in illegal #ballotharvesting" in crucial WI districts. – @vickimckenna
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— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) September 28, 2020
Ballot harvesting is a controversial process where organized political operatives collect absentee and/or mail-in ballots from voters and allegedly drop them off at a polling place or other designated ballot receiving point.
Critics of the practice, as well as mail-in voting in general, point to the vulnerability ballot harvesting presents in voter fraud, ballot integrity issues, and voter disenfranchisement.
In Philadelphia, where GOP election judges were recently locked out of vote-counting centers, the CTCL accounts for almost half of its election operations financing. For the 2020 General Election, the City of Philadelphia budgeted $12 million for election operations. They received another $10 million from CTCL.
The CTCL is funded by the usual suspect deep pockets of the elitist Left including individuals like Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan, who donated $250 million, and organizations like Google, the Voting Information Project, the Skoll Foundation, the Democracy Fund, the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, and the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation.
CTCL collects data from just about every local election office in the country. They cover candidates on every ballot for each race and information on those offices.
The nonprofit organization, rich in assets and influence, claims that more than 250 million voters have accessed its data. CTCL acts as a major supplier of ballot data for tech giants Facebook and Google.
This article was updated on November 2, 2020 to include a quote from McKenna’s interview with Michelle Malkin and more information about the lawsuit against CTCL.