Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is trying to have a case against her 2020 actions dismissed. The case involves millions of ‘Zuckerbucks’ that were dispersed across the state.
MLive reports on the Michigan lawsuit.
Attorneys for the Michigan Secretary of State’s Office on Dec. 17 asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit alleging millions in private donations to local election clerks, much of it from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, damaged the integrity of the 2020 presidential election and violated the law…
…The 2020 election did give rise to something that’s never been seen before in Michigan: private grant money being injected into local election operations.
Up until 2020, election operations have always been funded by government budgets or grants.
But in the 2020 cycle, unknown millions in private grant money from a Chicago-based nonprofit called the Center for Tech and Civic Life was doled out directly to township and village election clerks to spend on a wide variety of apolitical election needs.
The Secretary of State’s (SOS’s) office claims the only reason for the lawsuits related to the 2020 Election is for publicity. The SOS’s position is that the funds were dispersed evenly across the state and the rationale for the funds made sense. But those filing the lawsuit disagree.
Some voters in Livingston, Macomb and Oakland counties, however, believe the grants were partisan. They filed a lawsuit against Benson in October of 2020 and filed an updated complaint on Sept. 29.
The lawsuit also went after drop boxes placed throughout the state before the 2020 Election.
The lawsuit takes specific aim at ballot boxes, which are regulated by law in Michigan.
“Because state law provides for public provision of ballot containers, buying ballot boxes with private money is illegal,” the lawsuit said. “This is especially so when privately funded ballot boxes do not comply with Michigan’s requirements for securing ballots.”
The reason those suing the SOS have issues with drop boxes is that:
“The use of remote unattended ballot dropboxes may result in the rejection of lawfully cast ballots by Michigan voters or in ballots being cast by individuals or organizations not legally entitled to cast a ballot,” the lawsuit said.
Finally, those suing the SOS have problems with the ‘non-profit’ funding the drop boxes across Michigan:
The lawsuit alleges the Center for Tech and Civic life, despite its non-partisan claims, is in fact a progressive organization focused on increasing liberal voter turnout. Three of its founders previously worked for the New Organizing Institute, described as the “left’s think tank for campaign know how,” by the Washington Post, the lawsuit said.
See recent filing requesting the case be dismissed below:
We’ve reported on Benson before.