Why should Dems steal Trump election when Facebook ‘s Zuckerberg can buy it for them? (opinion) –

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – People are always screaming about getting Big Money out of politics.

Democrats for years have wanted the Citizens United court decision, which made campaign donations a free speech issue, overturned.

Sure. Let’s get the corporate spenders and their shadowy, self-serving agendas out of our elections.

Unless the money buys you the outcome that you want, like helping to get President Donald Trump out of office. Then the ends justify the means.

So, you’re right, Democrats. The 2020 presidential election wasn’t stolen from Trump.

But there were plenty of shenanigans on the part of social media giants like Facebook and Google that made the 2020 election one unlike any other.

And it should make all of us wonder how elections will be conducted in the future.

According to author Mollie Hemingway and an analysis by the New York Post, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg used two left-wing non-profit groups to funnel $419 million to local boards of election across the United States to “promote safe and reliable voting.”

The non-profits, The Center for Technology and Civic Life and The Center for Election Innovation and Research, targeted a relatively small number of heavily Democratic communities, according to reports.

As part of the effort, activists went door to door to “assist” voters, witnessing absentee ballots or helping voters “cure” ballots. The activists counted ballots at poll sites.

The non-profits promoted mail-in voting, the extension of voting deadlines, the proliferation of ballot drop boxes and looser regulations regarding the submission of post-Election Day ballots.

The non-profits also increased funding for temporary staffing and poll workers, putting Dem activists, accountable to nobody, at electoral ground zero.

This goes way beyond traditional campaign funding, spending and get-out-the-vote efforts. It puts “walking-around money” in the shade.

It put privately funded partisan activists into the heart of supposedly government-run boards of election and electoral processes. It’s the worst kind of outsourcing.

Facebook defended the spending, saying that the money was made available to a wide spectrum of electoral boards, be they traditionally Democratic of Republican.

But far more of the money and staffing apparently ended up in targeted, heavily Democratic areas, including in Georgia and Arizona, states that delivered the White House to Joe Biden and the Democrats.

It doesn’t matter who’s doing the spending or what the outcome of the election is. Private corporations, particularly those with the global reach and demonstrated biases of Facebook, shouldn’t be able to fund public elections boards. Period.

And no, Trump shouldn’t use his billions to mount a revenge effort in 2024. Because what would we have then? Two billionaires funding our electoral system. That’s not big money in politics. That’s big money as politics.

And we’re learning about other ways that an election can be tilted in one direction or the other.

Hemingway’s book, “Rigged: How the Media, Big Tech, and the Democrats Seized Our Elections,” shows how search engine results on Google were skewed to favor Democrats and to sideline conservatives.

Twitter, meanwhile, censored Trump and blacklisted conservative content and websites, limiting their visibility.

It’s a move that totalitarian types can really appreciate: Why refute your political opponents when you can simply make them disappear?

Witness how the New York Post’s reporting of Hunter Biden’s laptop was vanished by Facebook and Twitter before the election because it was supposedly “fake news.”

We’ve learned subsequently that much of that reporting was right on the money. Just as we’ve learned that much of the prize-winning “journalism” on “Trump-Russia collusion” was a pack of Dem-engineered mistruths and fabulations.

Things were scary enough when we thought that the Dems, Republicans and their corporate donors were running the country. But now we see that it’s Facebook and Twitter and Google.

Who elected them?


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