Gov. Ron DeSantis reaffirmed Florida’s commitment to election integrity and keeping Big Tech from meddling in state and local voting affairs on Tuesday.
“Part of the reason we had a successful election is because we were very much tuned into this from the very beginning of my administration and made sure we didn’t have repeats of what we’ve seen throughout this state, of course in 2000, but even as recently as 2018, where you had all these late votes coming in and it was a total disaster,” DeSantis explained.
One of the biggest reasons DeSantis said he has confidence in his state’s elections is because of recent election integrity legislation that prohibits meddling by Silicon Valley moguls such as Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg.
“We banned Zuckerbucks,” the Republican said in a press conference on Tuesday.
“Now they did put some money into Florida, not as much as they did in like Texas or Pennsylvania or some of that, but that is now banned. Elections should be administered by these offices, not by private tech moguls coming in and basically commandeering the machinery of the elections. So I think that we’ve taken a lot of action. We had a good election,” he continued.
A new report from The Federalist shows that Facebook CEO funneled $419.5 million with strings attached through The Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL) and The Center for Election Innovation and Research (CEIR) to select U.S. elections offices before the 2020 election. These “Zuck Bucks” were largely awarded based on partisanship to local and state offices, and demanded the promotion of universal mail-in voting, greater opportunities for “ballot curing,” and other vulnerable election tactics.
“So Zuckerberg, he spent over $400 million through these, quote, non-profits to, quote, help with election administration but what they would do is they would require certain things to be done like mass mail balloting, ballot harvesting, and they would focus on partisan voter turnout, basically. That was totally unacceptable,” the governor said.
Zuckerberg didn’t just help Democrats by censoring their political opponents. He directly funded liberal groups running partisan get-out-the-vote operations. In fact, he helped those groups infiltrate election offices in key swing states by doling out large grants to crucial districts, Federalist Senior Editor Mollie Hemingway wrote in her new book “Rigged: How the Media, Big Tech, and the Democrats Seized Our Elections.”
This behavior by corrupt Big Tech, DeSantis said, is unacceptable and requires even more action than a ban.
“I do think though, we need to make sure that if you see people violating that, that there’s an easy way to be able to report that and bring people to justice and I think sometimes what happens is there’s infractions that will be identified or reported, and then nothing ever happens,” he said.