GOP state lawmakers in Wisconsin, as well as a lawyer for the Thomas More Society, pledged Tuesday to continue pressing for answers about what the Wisconsin Elections Commission, the Mark Zuckerberg-funded Center for Tech and Civic Life, and election supervisors in Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, Racine, and Kenosha actually did in the run-up to the 2020 election.
The pledge comes following a report by former state Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman issued a report to the state Assembly earlier this week that found several violations of state law including bribery and chicanery involving Democrat-related voter outreach.
“We are still waiting on open records requests from an election that happened in 2020,” Rep. Janel Brandtjen, R-Menomonee Falls, said Tuesday. “How are voters to have confidence when they still haven’t gotten the information?”
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Brandtjen said the release of the Gableman Report is not the end of the investigation into the 2020 election.
Erick Kaardal, special counsel for the Thomas More Society, said the group intends to continue investigating claims of voter fraud at nursing homes in Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, Racine, and Kenosha.
“We’re going to the county clerks and requesting the absentee ballot envelopes. And we’re going to see if one person in the facility signed for every person that voted there,” Kaardal explained.
He went on to note that in some nursing homes, for instance, there was an unheard-of 100 percent balloting rate.
“When you see 100 percent register-resident-voting rates, is someone voting for them?” Kaardal continued.
Rep. Dave Murphy, R-Greenville, said the legislature needs to continue its investigation as well.
“We’re getting a lot of good evidence,” Murphy said. “Maybe we’ll take it to the level of proof. But I would say we’re not there yet, but we’re getting much closer.”
Margot Cleveland, writing at The Federalist, detailed Gableman’s findings of alleged illegal behavior in his report, which also implicated Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and is wife Priscilla Chan.
“The first unlawful action, according to the report, concerned the payment of grant funds to five Wisconsin counties that were used to facilitate voting. That arrangement, Gableman wrote, violated Wis. Stat. § 12.11, which prohibits election bribery by providing it is illegal to offer anything of value to or for any person in order to induce any elector to go to the polls or vote,” she wrote earlier this week.
According to the report, Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg providing financing that allowed the Center for Tech and Civic Life to offer nearly $9 million in “Zuck Bucks” to Milwaukee, Madison, Racine, Kenosha and Green Bay counties. In exchange, the “Zuckerberg 5,” as the report called the counties, in effect, operated Democratic get-out-the-vote efforts. Those grant funds then paid for illegal drop boxes to be placed in Democratic voting strongholds.
Another area of concern was the prolific use of ballot dropboxes, allegedly in violation of state law, as well as the manner in which Zuckerberg’s funding was used to principally target Democratic voter outreach.
“The grant money targeted specific voters for special voting privileges, to the disadvantage of similarly situated voters located in other Wisconsin counties,” Cleveland wrote. “The special counsel’s report also highlighted the Wisconsin Election Commission (WEC) illegal directive to clerks to ignore the state election code governing voting in nursing homes.”
In addition, Gableman found that non-citizens and incapacitated citizens were on county voter registration rolls in violation of the law, as well as other alleged lawbreaking. But he said another equally troubling aspect was Wisconsin government election officials who thwarted his investigation.
Both the Wisconsin Election Commission and the state attorney general “have refused to cooperate with the Legislature’s investigation and actively obstructed it,” he wrote.
“If the government has difficulty investigating the government, then the people are going to have difficulty investigating the government,” Kaardal pointed out.