A former Wisconsin state Supreme Court justice who is investigating the 2020 presidential election for state lawmakers is charging that at least two mayors whose cities took millions of “Zuckerbucks” before the election are hiding something.
Zuckerbucks are the $420 million that Meta, formerly Facebook, chief Mark Zuckerberg handed over to several organizations, which then distributed the millions to local elections officials.
While the payments reportedly were intended to help election officials deal with the demand of their jobs amid a pandemic, evidence has shown that many times the money was used to recruit voters from Democratic regions of their districts.
One study revealed Zuckerberg’s actions alone could have changed the 2020 presidential race results to give Joe Biden the victory.
WND previously reported the state House Speaker, Robin Vos, signed off on subpoenas in an audit of the results by former state Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman.
The review is significant because Wisconsin was one of a handful of states that each were called for Biden by very narrow margins. And it was that handful of states that eventually handed the Oval Office to Biden. The Wisconsin review also includes how the state Election Commission “altered numerous state voting rules … without seeking legislative permission.”
The Wisconsin Supreme Court already has ruled some of those changes were illegal.
The state’s metro areas of Madison, Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha and Green Bay took in nearly $9 million in donations directly to their election coordinators and judges from money given by Zuckerberg to his Center for Tech and Civic Life, which handed out the cash.
Just the News has reported that “allowed a single billionaire to route his money outside the normal campaign finance system to election referees” and the cash came with strings, such as the requirement to do voter registration drives “among specific minority groups that tend to vote Democrat.”
Now Just the News has confirmed Gableman told the state Assembly’s Committee on Elections that the state Elections Commission, its chief, and mayors of Madison and Green Bay “have refused to answer any of his questions about the Mark Zuckerberg-funded Center for Tech and Civil Life, and continue to refuse to cooperate with the subpoenas issued in the case.”
“[Green Bay Mayor] Eric Genrich and [Madison Mayor] Satya Rhodes-Conway have chosen to ignore the subpoenas issued by the Wisconsin Assembly because they have no intention of answering uncomfortable questions about what they did with the millions of dollars in Zuckerberg money that they took,” he said.
Previously the mayors claimed Gableman is asking for too much information.
“Reasonable minds might wonder whether the millions of dollars each of these mayors received from the Zuckerbergs may have induced them to do something other than treat all candidates fairly and impartially. And whether those mayors used the Zuckerberg money to get out the vote for Joe Biden,” Gableman charged.
He said a legal action from the Wisconsin Elections Commission and a decision by Green Bay officials to “lawyer up” tells him those who got CTCL money don’t want questions answered.
“They are trying to run and hide from accountability to the citizens they are supposed to serve.” the former justice said. “Why go through all of this legal evasion, maneuvering, and expense unless they do not want the public to know what they have done?”
The commission lawsuit is from Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul and seeks to halt Gableman’s work for the state legislature.
Gableman also revealed he’s filed writs of attachment in Waukesha County Court against Genrich and Rhodes-Conway that would allow the court to seize evidence.
Gableman also previously confirmed that, “Some evidence has been produced previously that shows some election officials acted unilaterally in deciding not to follow established state law.”
Further, reports indicate there could end up being charges against election commissioners after a sheriff revealed that state officials illegally changed election procedures for care home residents.
Instead of having the required elections deputy assist those residents with their vote, officials allowed home staff members to do that.
Sheriff Christopher Schmaling of Racine County said election laws were not just broken, “but shattered by members of the Wisconsin Elections Commission.”
He pointed to one situation where a nursing home turned in a presidential election ballot for a resident who died a month before the election.
Others, whose family members reported being cognitively incapable of voting, voted, the sheriff said.
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