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AMAC Exclusive – By Aaron Flanigan

Hearing Sheds Light on Left-Wing Election Interference

During a recent hearing on Capitol Hill, an all-star panel of conservatives and election integrity experts detailed the stunning extent to which the progressive ruling class, Democrat operatives, and the left-wing nonprofit sector have conspired to undermine confidence in our elections and thwart the will of American voters at the ballot box.

The February 7 hearing was titled “American Confidence in Elections: Confronting Zuckerbucks, Private Funding of Election Administration,” and featured witnesses Will Flanders, Mollie Hemingway, and Scott Walter, who walked through the depths of Democrats’ war on election integrity and the threats it poses to the American constitutional order.

Flanders, a research director at the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, kicked off the hearing with an account of interference by left-wing nonprofits during the 2020 election. “There are credible reasons that the 2020 election shook the faith of many Americans in the electoral process,” he stated. “With the justification of the COVID-19 pandemic, many systems and rules were unilaterally abandoned without following proper legislative procedure, and new techniques were used to drive targeted voter turnout that existed in legal gray areas.”

This, Flanders contends, calls into question the fairness and impartiality of the election itself.

Among the most serious perpetrators of election interference in 2020, Flanders noted, was the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL), a left-wing “election reform” group that gave hundreds of millions of dollars to state-level election officials in 2020. $328 million came from Mark Zuckerberg – funds which have since become known as “Zuckerbucks.”

Though CTCL insisted its election grants were made primarily to provide equipment to protect voters from COVID-19, House Republicans discovered in 2021 that less than one percent of the group’s funds were allocated toward protective equipment. Instead, the overwhelming majority of the funds were used to expand mail-in ballot and drop box procedures, among other administrative changes.

During the hearing, Flanders stated that at least one CTCL program—namely a 2021 “voter van” program that disproportionately targeted Democrat areas—was “ultimately judged to be illegal.” This initiative, he said, serves as one of many reasons Americans continue to doubt the integrity of our election process.

Mollie Hemingway, editor-in-chief of The Federalist and author of the 2021 book Rigged: How the Media, Big Tech, and the Democrats Seized Our Elections, further outlined what is at stake if more is not done to secure our elections. “The American system of self-governance is under attack,” she said. “We have allowed the private takeover of government election offices by partisan oligarchs and their armies of activists who use those offices and their authorities to tilt the election toward favored candidates.”

Hemingway later called out CTCL’s attempts to flip swing states like Georgia by specifically targeting blue counties. “In addition to [Georgia] getting the largest percentage of funding of any state, you look at it on a county-by-county basis, and… Democrat-voting counties got dramatically more funding than the Republican-based counties,” she said. “The targeting was in areas where [Democrats] thought they could get the most votes.”

The panel’s third witness, Scott Walter, president of the Capital Research Center, offered further details on how CTCL’s grants bolstered Democrat turnout. In Wisconsin, for instance, Walter noted that the group gave 28 grants that exceeded a $5,000 minimum to cities in the Badger State. Of those cities, Donald Trump only won eight. The remaining 20 cities won by Biden, however, received 90 percent of all CTCL grant funds in Wisconsin.

“Election offices are the referees of American elections, and the parties are the teams trying to score. If you heard the refs in the Super Bowl were aiming to boost the total points scored, would you feel better about the game’s fairness? What if you learned the refs were receiving money and training from people who previously worked for one team’s offensive coaching staff?” Walter asked. “I don’t want either party’s operatives playing the refs, and I know Americans won’t be confident in elections as long as this scam continues.”

Though congressional Democrats predictably accused the panelists of engaging in “election denialism” and baseless conspiracy theories, the facts on the ground point to a disconcerting reality for leftists, who have long disingenuously insisted that the 2020 presidential election was the most secure election in American history.

Already, groups like CTCL are working behind the scenes to interfere in this year’s presidential election. As The Federalist reported, in 2022 CTCL launched an $80 million initiative intended to “systematically influence every aspect of election administration.”

The hearing further underscored that conservatives have a significant amount of work to do in the coming months to ensure that the 2024 election remains free, fair, and secure.

For the good of election integrity, transparency in our voting laws, and the cause of American democracy itself, every voter—Republican, Democrat, and Independent—should hope that our leaders learn from the mistakes of 2020 and work to ensure voters can remain confident in the election process when they head to the ballot box this fall.

Aaron Flanigan is the pen name of a writer in Washington, D.C.

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PaulE
PaulE
12 days ago

I’m not holding my breath on anything coming out of Congress or the individual states, less than 9 months from the next election, to do anything to strengthen election integrity in the United States. What few changes that have been done in a small handful of states by their state legislators over the last 3 years, shows there is no real political will or interest to prevent the sort of wholesale manipulation of the voting system since 2020.

I’ve kept a close track of how many Democrat run states in this country have done everything from get state supreme courts and state legislators to allow Democrats to redraw election maps and change voting procedures to ensure Democrats are ensured of regaining either the House of Representatives or retaining their control of the Senate. So the Democrats have been quite busy ahead of the upcoming elections to try and shore up their means to control the outcome of the votes.

Our side seems to have taken a much more relaxed and detached view on things. Lots of talk by the people calling for their Republican run state legislators or supreme courts to be more proactive in this area to ensure election integrity, but precious little action from the politicians themselves. Now of course, it is generally too late to make any changes ahead of the upcoming elections. So, we’ll see how things all play out.

Larry
Larry
12 days ago

It’s obvious that voters today are more “in tune” with the economy, illegal immigration, our funding of wars, soaring crime, and where the country is heading today. Polling is showing this.
Like the previous poster, I don’t see any real changes in voting procedures. That must be why Democrats are sure that they will prevail in the coming election.

N Blosat
N Blosat
12 days ago

A VERY strong conservative. I feel we are overpowered by the ultra wealthy large group on Democrats.
Period

USN Retired
USN Retired
12 days ago

I fear the deep seeded corruption throughout our government will only take us deeper into being a Banana Republic. “They” may try to smooth our (the peoples) feathers and tell us there’s nothing to see behind the curtain, but we may already be too far gone. How many “lost” mail-in ballots (voting for Democrats) will be “found” this election cycle? Face it, we are at the precipice of the government ruling the people, not the other way around (as established by our founding fathers).

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
12 days ago

The Obama IRS got caught slow-walking approval of conservative 501(3)(c)s and what happened there? One person, Lois Lerner, was held “accountable” , terminated, and receives a 6-digit retirement. Can someone PLEASE find me guilty of something so, I too, can be held “accountable”?

Jerry
Jerry
12 days ago

One change I would like to see is go from election day to election weekend, say the first Saturday and Sunday in November. Photo ID, paper ballots only, no mail in ballots except for absentee ballots and no early voting. Weekend voting should give everyone ample opportunity to vote.

Thinking
Thinking
12 days ago

All these social media platforms should be eliminated. They are not created for the people, they are made to spy on the people for the government. It has no social redeeming value. It makes one person rich and the government controls the narrative. Harasses the people they don’t agree with. They are evil what they are doing to our youths. The newspapers and electronic media is bad enough, what social media does is downright evil. They are the mind controllers of the people for the government. Look how much money Zuckerberg donated to ole Joe’s campaign in 2020. It is all one big conspiracy to keep us in line.

Buck
Buck
12 days ago

What are Americans and their elected representatives doing about this? Data reguested. Action is the only answer, and rhetoric is a terrible waste of time.

anna hubert
anna hubert
12 days ago

Another game of Lets pretend we are doing our job

Melinda
Melinda
12 days ago

There are many groups out there trying to effect change, one of them being the Heritage Foundation, as well as the three in this article. They are fighting an uphill battle, but they will not give up. I wish them a large dose of good luck.

Robert Grove
Robert Grove
12 days ago

These billionaires and their Democrat puppets certainly don’t have what is best for the working class in mind

Rose
Rose
12 days ago

Many of us knew this was going on – now there is proof. Next step – what is being done to change this type of interference??

David Millikan
David Millikan
11 days ago

Zuckerberg needs to be BANNED from tech businesses forever.

Lon
Lon
11 days ago

“…every voter—Republican, Democrat, and Independent—should hope that our leaders learn from the mistakes of 2020….” I am certain they will learn from 2020.
Then they will do everything they can to repeat the cheating methods which worked so well in 2020.
My prediction is that the truth of the 2020 Election Fraud will come out by Summer. Then Trump will not be allowed to run BECAUSE it will be proven that he was truly elected twice, and being elected a third time would be a violation of the U.S Constitution Amendant 22 which says “No person shall be ELECTED to the office of the President more than twice….” Yes, serving the second term was stolen from him, but the Constitution doesn’t say anything about SERVING the terms, it says ELECTED to the office.
And the leftists will be oh so sorry about the whole mess.

Leslie
Leslie
11 days ago

The only thing the Dems learned was what not to do. They never take accountability for anything; and in fact, blame everything on the Republicans, so I’m sure they are scheming. I hope the GOP and the Republicans don’t let their guard down. The fact that they keep getting away with stuff only makes them hungrier and meaner.

Craig in Houston
Craig in Houston
11 days ago

I agree with all that about 2020, but I was hoping to hear what I could do about 2024.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
12 days ago

Hopefully this can be shutdown

Dolly Swaniawski
Dolly Swaniawski
11 days ago

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Kjhanover
Kjhanover
11 days ago

Yes our leaders learned from the 2020 election. They learned they could defraud elections on massive scale and get away with it.

Tim Toroian
Tim Toroian
11 days ago

Private funding borders on treason, as far as I’m concerned. It means one really doesn’t like his country and, wants alter it in unseemly ways.

Robin
Robin
11 days ago

I just think there should be limits to how much any person or company can donate to a campaign….

BEA
BEA
11 days ago

Hmm, you can have a certain amount of money to run for election. Then 6 months it’s over. As soon as they get elected or reelected they are running, again. Never over.

Jerry
Jerry
11 days ago

What a shame that elections can be bought by eccentric.rich A$$holes.

Charlie
Charlie
10 days ago

If free speech was restored and in person verified voting on election day were restored, the dems would probably be trounced in 2024.

CLIFFORD F GERACI
CLIFFORD F GERACI
10 days ago

Unfortunately we don’t have the correct people in Congress to stand up to this madness… the Progressive Socio Fascist Democrats do everything together and in unison while we have so many RINO enmeshed into the group, nothing of any significance ever gets done…..sad….evil is winning.

The Armstrong Family
The Armstrong Family
11 days ago

Put him in jail!!!!

Buck Ofama Buck Obiden
Buck Ofama Buck Obiden
11 days ago

USA became increasingly totalitarian long ago. Putin is probably more credible than any or our self-serving “leaders”.

Patriot Bill
Patriot Bill
12 days ago

Meanwhile we have a thousand NGOs like ERIC licking their lips at the next election

Randall L. Beatty
Randall L. Beatty
9 days ago

Let him waste his money on Biden and the Dems in Washington the people need to vote what will help us look what Biden and Harris have done for us the record shows we need better leadership who cares about the rich spending there money and includes Soros he is useless just a back stabber to the people of this country we need to take a stand this year we need to vote Biden out of office.

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