How Zuck Bucks helped flip Wisconsin for Joe Biden after Hillary’s 2016 defeat

Wisconsin shocked the Hillary Clinton marketing campaign when it went for Donald Trump in 2016, after having voted for Barack Obama in two elections. Democrats had been intent that it not go pink once more. To guarantee liberals had been voting in giant numbers, the supposedly nonpartisan Center for Technology and Civic Life spent $47 per voter in Green Bay, when usually the legislature spent $7 per voter there and $4 in rural areas of the state. Here, from her new e book, “Rigged,” Mollie Hemingway breaks down how Mark Zuckerberg’s cash was put to make use of for revenge in Wisconsin — which Biden would take by simply 20,000 votes.

Wisconsin is a primary instance of how a supposed nonpartisan “get out the vote group” actually was a Democratic Party-aligned effort to flip a state again their means.

The Center for Technology and Civic Life, funded by Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg and based by three Democratic operatives, mentioned their mission was to make sure voting may very well be “done in accordance with prevailing public health requirements” to “reduce the risk of exposure to coronavirus.”

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But actually they had been infiltrating native election operations and pushing for as many Democrats as potential to vote by mail.

Zuckerberg had given CTCL and associated entities $419 million to spend across the nation. In Wisconsin, CTCL used $6.3 million of that cash within the cities of Racine, Green Bay, Madison, Milwaukee, and Kenosha, which outsourced a lot of their election operations to the non-public group.

For occasion, though state legislation says that the town clerk is in control of the election, Democratic Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich gave CTCL management roles in amassing absentee ballots, fixing ballots that might in any other case be voided for failure to comply with the legislation, and even supervising the counting of ballots.

In essence, they ran a Democratic get-out-the-vote operation by means of the election workplaces themselves.

It was a genius plan. And as a result of nobody ever imagined {that a} coordinated operation may pull off the privatization of the election system, no legal guidelines had been constructed to fight it.

“As far as I’m concerned I am taking all of my cues from CTCL and work with those you recommend,” Celestine Jeffreys, the chief of workers to mayor Genrich, wrote in an e-mail.
And CTCL had loads of suggestions.

NY Post graphic on spending
After Donald Trump gained Wisconsin in 2016, Democratic operatives had been fired up to verify it didn’t occur once more. In coordination with native governments, Democratic-founded agency Center for Technology and Civic Life spent closely in Biden-leaning areas to verify folks voted by mail. Democratic operative Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein, for occasion, really ran a lot of the voting operation in Green Bay — telling the town that CTCL may name individuals who hadn’t voted and “cure” ballots that weren’t crammed out appropriately. In the tip, Biden gained the state by simply 20,682 out of three.2 million votes.

The left-wing group CTCL mentioned it had a “network of current and former election administrations and election experts available” to scale up “your vote by mail processes” and “ensure forms, envelopes, and other materials are understood and completed correctly by voters.”

CTCL’s companions provided companies that might have a direct impact on election outcomes.

  • Power the Polls, a liberal group recruiting ballot staff, promised to assist with poll curing — that’s, fixing ballots that may in any other case be discarded.
  • The liberal Mikva Challenge labored to recruit high-school-age ballot staff.
  • And the left-wing Brennan Center may assist with “election integrity,” together with “postelection audits” and “cybersecurity.”
  • The Center for Civic Design, an election-administration coverage group that regularly companions with left-of-center organizations akin to liberal billionaire Pierre Omidyar’s Democracy Fund, designed absentee ballots and voting directions, typically working immediately with an election fee to develop a brand new envelope design and create an promoting and focusing on marketing campaign.
  • The Elections Group, one other group linked to the Democracy Fund, supplied technical help in dealing with drop bins and performed voter outreach. The communications director for the Center for Secure and Modern Elections, a left-of-center advocacy group created to advertise sweeping adjustments to the elections course of, ran a convention name to assist Green Bay develop Spanish-language radio advertisements and geofencing to focus on voters in a predefined space.
  • Digital Response, a nonprofit launched in 2020, provided a shocking array of companies, together with: “If your state doesn’t present on-line [vote-by-mail] purposes, we may help you set one up — bettering the appliance course of for each you and your voters.

“We may help you arrange instruments to shortly notify voters with rejected ballots — after which information them by means of the poll remedy course of.

“We’ll provide help to monitor wait occasions on the polls — serving to you reply the place wanted and bettering the voting expertise.

“We’ll help you set up the tools you need to share information with your voters across social, email, text, and web.”

Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton shockingly misplaced Wisconsin within the 2016 election.
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Another associate, The National Vote at Home Institute, was introduced as a “technical assistance partner” that might “support outreach around absentee voting,” present and oversee voting machines, seek the advice of on strategies to remedy absentee ballots and even take the responsibility of curing absentee ballots off of Green Bay’s fingers.

Just a few weeks after the cities acquired their grant, CTCL e-mailed Claire Woodall-Vogg, the chief director of the Milwaukee Election Commission, to supply “an experienced elections staffer that could potentially embed with your staff in Milwaukee in a matter of days.”

The staffer main Wisconsin’s portion of the National Vote at Home Institute was an out-of-state Democratic activist named Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein. As quickly as he met with Woodall-Vogg, he requested for contacts on the Wisconsin Elections Commission and within the different cities.

Spitzer-Rubenstein would ultimately take over a lot of Green Bay’s election planning from the official charged with operating the election, Green Bay metropolis clerk Kris Teske.

Teske was not completely satisfied at being changed by Spitzer-Rubenstein and his workforce. Just a few weeks earlier than the election, she would take Family and Medical Leave Act depart, quitting shortly thereafter.

Donald Trump
Trump misplaced Wisconsin in 2020 after taking the state in 2016.

E-mails from Spitzer-Rubenstein present he was managing a lot of the election course of. To one authorities official he wrote, “By Monday, I’ll have our edits on the absentee voting instructions. We’re pushing Quickbase to get their system up and running and I’ll keep you updated. I’ll revise the planning tool to accurately reflect the process. I’ll create a flowchart for the vote-by-mail processing that we will be able to share with both inspectors and also observers.”

Once early voting began, Woodall-Vogg would offer him with a every day replace on the numbers of absentee ballots returned and nonetheless excellent in every ward, prized data for a political operative.

“Here’s what I’ll need,” Spitzer-Rubenstein wrote to her in late October, “1) Number of ballot preparation teams, 2) Number of returned ballots per ward, 3) Number of outstanding ballots per ward.”

Amazingly, he even requested for direct entry to the Milwaukee Election Commission’s voter database.

“We’re hoping there’s an easier way to get the data out of WisVote than you having to manually export it every day or week. To that end, we have two questions: 1. Would you or someone else on your team be able to do a screen-share so we can see the process for an export? 2. Do you know if WisVote has an API or anything similar so that it can connect with other software apps? That would be the holy grail (but I’m not expecting it to be that easy).”

Even for Woodall-Vogg, who had been offering every day experiences to the Democratic activist working for the nonprofit, that was an excessive amount of.

“While I completely understand and appreciate the assistance that is trying to be provided,” she wrote, “I am definitely not comfortable having a non-staff member involved in the function of our voter database, much less recording it.”

If a poll was going to be voided for not following directions, the Democratic teams had been completely satisfied to step in to “cure” the poll.

Spitzer-Rubenstein defined to the Green Bay chief of workers that the National Vote at Home Institute had accomplished the identical for different cities in Wisconsin.

“We have a process map that we’ve worked out with Milwaukee for their process,” Spitzer-Rubenstein wrote in an e-mail. “We can also adapt the letter we’re sending out with rejected absentee ballots along with a call script alerting voters. (We can also get people to make the calls, too, so you don’t need to worry about it.)”

Joe Biden
Joe Biden gained Wisconsin by a slim margin within the 2020 election.

Ah, sure, don’t fear about it — they’ll deal with it.

When these e-mails had been made public in 2021, they surprised Wisconsin observers.

“What exactly was the National Vote at Home Institute doing with its daily reports? Was it making sure that people were actually voting from home by going door-to-door to collect ballots from voters who had not yet turned theirs in? Was this data sharing a condition of the CTCL grant? And who was really running Milwaukee’s election?” requested Dan O’Donnell, whose election evaluation appeared at Wisconsin’s MacIver Institute, a conservative suppose tank.

“The rigging of the election happened in front of our face, you know?” O’Donnell mentioned.
Democrats are keen to take excessive measures to maintain the privatized funding that enabled their political activists to embed within the election system. After the Wisconsin legislature handed a invoice banning non-public funding of election operations by a 60–36 margin within the state meeting and by an 18–14 margin within the state senate, Democratic Governor Tony Evers vetoed the ban.

Without tech oligarchs’ shopping for the administration of the state’s elections, Democrats stand to lose.

Excerpted with permission from Mollie Hemingway’s “Rigged: How the Media, Big Tech, and the Democrats Seized Our Elections” (Regnery Publishing).

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