[The FEDERALIST] House Republicans introduced the “End Zuckerbucks Act” on July 1 with the goal of stopping donations from certain tax-exempt “nonprofit” organizations to election organizations. The act has 12 Republican co-sponsors including Rep Dan. Bishop of North Carolina and Rep. Chip Roy of Texas.
It targets organizations like the mammoth “philanthropy” group built by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, known as the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI). If the legislation passes, the IRS would have the power to strip 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from groups that donate directly to state and local election officials. The motivation for such drastic action stems from a very real problem that became glaringly apparent in the last election.
Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney of New York, one of the lead sponsors of the bill, explained to The Daily Caller, “Mark Zuckerberg channeled $350 million to government agencies during the 2020 election with zero transparency or accountability, and he used the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL) to do it, a left-leaning non-profit.”
Republican lawmakers realized they were looking at corruption wrapped up in a neat, non-profit, multi-billion-dollar package. They are willing to alter the tax code to accommodate safeguards to keep Facebook in check, preventing it from further corrupting and tampering with the election process. If American government is to continue to be “of, by, and for the people,” such a measure is an absolute necessity.
Although Facebook’s efforts to interfere with open and honest elections have now been widely covered, many Americans don’t fully grasp that CZI has also devoted significant funding toward tampering with public education.
CZI is a major funder of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), a Chicago-based education organization. It coined the “social and emotional learning” concept more than 20 years ago and is now the nation’s largest source of SEL programming, with programs operating in 20 states. It claims to reach as many as 1.7 million students with its left-wing ideology.