Wisconsin Voters To Decide On Private Election Funding Amendment

Wisconsin voters will decide next month if it will be constitutional in the state to allow private donors to fund elections. Conservatives point toward the millions poured into these operations by Meta founder Mark Zuckerberg in an obvious attempt to aid leftist campaigns.

A second proposed constitutional amendment on the April 2 ballot would permit only election officials to run elections.

In the aftermath of what many perceived as Zuckerberg’s 2020 election interference, conservatives in at least 27 states have outlawed or severely limited private election funding.

The battle lines are clearly drawn in Wisconsin. Republicans and their conservative allies support strengthening election integrity, while left-wing outfits such as the American Civil Liberties Union and Common Cause Wisconsin are opposed.

There was not one Democratic state legislator who voted for the amendments.

Democrats argued that these common sense proposals would somehow add a burden onto citizens exercising their right to vote.

A private citizen, Jerry Mullins, summed up the argument brilliantly for Wisconsin lawmakers. “With countless documented cases of massive election fraud that clearly affected the outcome of past elections, the voters will finally be given a voice.”

He said passage of the amendments would empower citizens to halt the interference of “outside money and non-citizens of the United States.”

But GOP supporters, including amendment co-author and state Sen. Eric Wimberger (R), declared that it is vitally important for voters to be assured that elections are carried out properly.

Wimberger noted Wisconsin’s position as a battleground state makes “election integrity measures important locally, nationally and internationally.”

The 2020 presidential election stands out as an example of outside interference in the state’s balloting. The five largest Wisconsin cities, all won by Joe Biden, were the recipients of $8.8 million funneled into the process.

Republicans quickly and derisively named the influx “Zuckerbucks” and noted that virtually all of the funding went to Democratic strongholds. Kyle Koenen of the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty told legislators that ensuring fairness is behind the proposed amendment.

Koenen explained, “It is essential to maintain a nonpartisan electoral system that is free from external financial influences.”