States Pushing Back on Big Tech Takeover

( – Controversy continues to rage over the results of the 2020 presidential election. States like Arizona are investigating allegations of widespread election fraud and a total of 47 are debating new laws aimed at preventing a repeat of problems in future elections. Several states are also pursuing laws aimed at checking Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s election tampering. Here’s what’s happening.

Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, reportedly funneled $350 million to local election offices through a small Chicago-based non-profit called the Center for Tech and Civic Life. Mainstream media sources like NPR reported that money saved the 2020 election, but several state-level legislatures think differently.

On April 22, Fox News reported that Arizona and Georgia recently passed laws banning election officials from receiving private funds for their operations. Likewise, bills prohibiting the use of any private funds for the administration of elections await the signatures of the governors of Idaho and Kansas. Three other states are also working on passing similar bills — Arkansas, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

The head of the Foundation for Government Accountability told Fox News that the receipt of private funds undermines public confidence in elections. After all the chaos surrounding last year’s elections, it should be a given that states should reject private funding of elections, particularly from the owners of big tech companies.

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