Wisconsin Voters Reject Zuckerbucks in Overwhelming Vote

Wisconsin Voters Reject Zuckerbucks in Overwhelming Vote

Wisconsin voters have given their stamp of approval to a constitutional amendment that prohibits the use of private money in elections like Zuckerbucks. The measure, proposed by Republicans, passed on Tuesday, marking a significant victory for those concerned about outside influence in the electoral process.

GOP Chairman Brian Schimming celebrated the vote, stating, “Wisconsin has spoken and the message is clear: elections belong to voters, not out-of-state billionaires.”

The move comes in response to concerns over the substantial financial contributions made by Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, commonly referred to as ‘Zuckerbucks.”

A second question posed by Republicans sought to solidify existing state law by mandating that only election officials can administer elections, a principle now enshrined in the state constitution.

Rick Esenberg, President of the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, emphasized the importance of this decision, noting, “Voters sent a clear message that they want to keep private money out of election administration.”

The influx of funds into Wisconsin during the 2020 election cycle, notably from the Center for Tech and Civil Life, raised eyebrows. Financed with $300 million from Zuckerberg and his wife, the organization aimed to enhance voter access. These funds were utilized to aid election officials in purchasing supplies and managing elections during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Democrats cautioned that operating elections without private funding would pose challenges. With Wisconsin being a pivotal battleground state for the upcoming 2024 election, the debate over the role of private money in elections is likely to persist.


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