Texas is the latest state to enact a law prohibiting the use of private money to administer elections, keeping outside cash from influencing how future elections are run.
But a left-leaning foundation has already rushed $1 million to Harris County’s elections administrator before the new law takes effect.
The ban is considered a key election integrity reform, after millions in third-party funds from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (known as Zuck Bucks or Zuckerbucks) was funneled to select local election offices last fall as part of a Democrat-led “shadow campaign” to influence the presidential election.
The new phenomenon had an unprecedented impact on voting in 2020.
On Saturday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted he had just signed a law banning Zuckerbucks in Texas:
It bans private groups like the one supported by Zuckerberg from spending millions to administer elections like Zuckerberg & others did in Texas. That is a government function not to be messed with by election influencers.
I just signed a law banning “Zuckerbucks” in Texas.
It bans private groups like the one supported by Zuckerberg from spending millions to administer elections like Zuckerberg & others did in Texas.
That is a government function not to be messed with by election influencers.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) June 12, 2021
The new law, House Bill 2283 by State Rep. Phil King (R–Weatherford), prohibits county officials from accepting private third-party contributions of more than $1,000 for the purpose of administering elections, unless approved by the secretary of state, governor, lieutenant governor, and speaker of the house.
“The intent of the bill is to stop cash from coming in,” King said. “When money flows in from outside sources, it’s just rife for corruption from all sides.”
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