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Wisconsin Spotlight: Elections complaint filed against Milwaukee

The city of Milwaukee allowed liberal, third-party groups funded by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to set the rules and help administer November’s presidential election, according to a new complaint filed Monday on behalf of five Milwaukee residents by the Amistad Project, an election integrity watchdog.

Milwaukee becomes the fourth of the so-called “WI-5” cities to be accused of election law violations under state law and the U.S. Constitution as more details emerge about the cities’ cozy partnerships with the “safe elections” groups. The complaints have been filed with the Wisconsin Elections Commission, which has sought outside counsel because its administrator is accused of being conflicted.

The Chicago-based Center for Tech and Civic Life handed out more than $8 million in “election safety and security” grants to Wisconsin’s five largest and most heavily Democratic cities — Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, Kenosha and Racine. The brunt of that —  $6.3 million — was distributed as part of a controversial contract between the center and the cities. CTCL received more than $300 million from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, ostensibly to “help” local elections offices administer “safe and secure elections.”

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