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Rep. Tenney proposes bill to curb private election funding

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Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (NY-24) has reintroduced the End Zuckerbucks Act, aimed at preventing 501(c)(3) organizations from using their resources to directly fund official election activities. The legislation seeks to amend the Internal Revenue Code to stop these tax-exempt entities from influencing election outcomes through donations or services.

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The move comes in response to actions during the 2020 elections, where Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg channeled $350 million through the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL) to election boards primarily in left-leaning areas. These funds, mostly used for purposes other than pandemic safety measures at voting sites, sparked controversy and concerns over the integrity of election funding.

Highlighting the need for the legislation, Tenney emphasized that the influence of private wealth in elections compromises public trust and democracy. She pointed out that 28 states have already prohibited such funding practices, underscoring the importance of addressing this issue at the federal level.

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