By M.D. Kittle
The liberal-leaning Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL) spent a lot of money to “help” Wisconsin’s largest cities with the administration of November’s presidential election. The same cities also happen to be Democratic Party strongholds.
So, did CTC’s money turn out more Democratic voters? It did, according to a new analysis by Will Flanders, research director for the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty.
As Flanders notes, CTCL is a foundation heavily funded by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. It describes its mission as “ensur(ing) elections are secure, voters have confidence in election outcomes, and democracy thrives as civic engagement grows.” But it has come under criticism for making donations to left-leaning areas more than others.
CTCL reports it issued grants to 233 Wisconsin municipalities last year to help with the administration of the November 2020 election. The grants ranged from $5,000 to $2.1 million. CTCL distributed $6.3 million in election grants to Wisconsin’s five largest and heavily Democratic cities — Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, Kenosha and Racine.
Flanders’ analysis found that grants for CTCL increased turnout in Democratic areas with no statistically significant impact on Republican areas.
“CTCL grants were expected to increase turnout for Democrats by about 49 votes per municipality, while having no effect on Republican turnout,” the report found.
“In elections as close as we have had in Wisconsin in recent years, these relatively small turnout shifts can have a substantial impact on the outcome of elections,” Flanders wrote. “Forty-nine additional votes on average may not sound like much, but this would equal more than 10,000 additional votes across the municipalities we know made requests for funding.”
Read the full report at WILL.