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Increasing competition over private money to fund public elections in the U.S.

Republicans are attempting to limit the practice, which Democrats claim gave Joe Biden an unfair and possibly decisive advantage in his victory over Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election. Democrats across the country are pushing to keep allowing private funds to finance public elections, while Republicans try to limit it.

At least ten Republican-controlled states have passed legislation prohibiting or restricting the use of private funds in elections. The swing states of Arizona, Florida, Georgia, and Ohio are among them. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper of North Carolina, as well as other Democratic governors, vetoed such bills.

Nonprofits contributed more than $400 million to state and local elections boards in 2020 to promote their work and improve voter turnout. The majority of the cash came from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, and was disbursed mostly through the Center for Tech and Civic Life, or CTCL, a Chicago-based progressive-led nonprofit that includes former Obama strategists.

17 Jan 2022


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