Texas AG Launches Investigation into Mark Zuckerberg Group for Violating State Election Laws

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has launched an investigation into an organization linked to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

AG Paxton revealed he is investigating the Center for Tech and Civil Life (CTCL), a non-profit supported by Zuckerberg, regarding potential violations of Texas election laws.

On Thursday, Paxton launched a probe to determine whether the group illegally solicited donations.

The group is accused of soliciting donations under the pretext of protecting voters from Covid while instead using the funds to support partisan election efforts.

“Charities cannot mislead their donors and misrepresent the purpose of their fundraising,” Paxton said in a statement.

“Further, in Texas, as in other states, it is the duty of state and county officials, accountable to the people of Texas, to ensure that elections are fair, safe, and free.

“That duty cannot be usurped by outside entities who are not chosen by and cannot be accountable to the people of Texas.”

The CTCL claims to be a non-partisan organization that helps “connect Americans with the information they need to become and remain civically engaged, and ensure that our elections are more professional, inclusive, and secure.”

The group’s founder and Executive Director Tiana Epps-Johnson served in the inaugural cohort of the Obama Foundation Fellows.

Epps-Johnson also previously served as the election administration director for a radical progressive grassroots organization.

The press release from Paxton’s office stated that the CTCL received an estimated $350 million from Zuckerberg’s foundation.

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is a philanthropy organization established by Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan.

The CTCL claims to be helping election officials around the country to “safely administer” elections.

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However, outside observers have noted that most of the group’s funding was sent to counties and precincts that overwhelmingly voted for Democrat President Joe Biden.

Paxton’s investigation seeks to determine whether donors were deceived regarding the CTCL’s advertised purposes and hold the organization accountable for any possible wrongdoing.

The attorney general’s effort is not the first time Paxton has sought to investigate concerns related to Big Tech companies.

In October, Paxton joined in an amicus brief before the Supreme Court to defend a Florida law designed to ensure that individuals aren’t silenced because social media platforms disagree with their opinion.

Earlier in October, Paxton also led a lawsuit by the state against Google over the company’s unauthorized use of biometric data in violation of the privacy rights of Texans.

The lawsuit alleges that “Google collected millions of biometric identifiers, including voiceprints and records of face geometry, from Texans through its products and services like Google Photos, Google Assistant, and Nest Hub Max,” according to a press release from the attorney general’s office.

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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