Mark Zuckerberg Won’t Throw “Zuckerbucks” In Next Election

( Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have announced that they won’t be spending millions of dollars to influence the 2022 midterm elections as they did in the 2020 presidential election.

This week, the couple said their Center for Technology and Civic Life wouldn’t be supporting efforts to get the vote out in regions of the country that lean heavily Democratic. That’s what they did back in 2020, and many people have said they worked hard to influence the election toward hardcore liberals.

The Associated Press reported, though, that while the CTCL won’t be spending as it did two years ago, it still has plans to give $80 million to a new initiative that’s being called the U.S. Alliance for Election Excellence.

The five-year initiative is working to allow officials with local elections to apply for grants and other monetary assistance that they can use to help improve various processes for their elections.

It’s a significant step-down in terms of overall dollars spent, but it’s not a complete exit from influencing elections. In 2020, Zuckerberg and his wife poured more than $300 million through the CTCL into swing states, looking to bolster mail-in ballot efforts.

The AP further reported that the CTCL decided to go this route because of backlash they have received from conservative outlets. As the AP reported:

“The 2020 effort by Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, amid the COVID-19 pandemic fueled conservative anger and distrust of the presidential election outcome. At least eight GOP-controlled states passed laws last year banning private donations to election offices in reaction to Zuckerberg’s donations. Suspicion that the contributions — routinely referred to as ‘Zuckerbucks’ by conservatives — helped Biden, a Democrat, has become a staple among those who believe in former President Donald Trump’s election lies.”

Zuckerberg has long claimed that he and his social media giant companies — Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram — are politically neutral. They only care about connecting people across the world and being a place where people can share real information and not spread lies, hate and misinformation.

But, when it comes down to it, his money tells a completely different story. He and his wife are consistently giving to liberal-leaning efforts, such as the mail-in ballot initiatives that they ironically only gave to states and regions that lean heavily Democrat.

For their part, the couple tried to defend their donations in 2020 as a “one-off.” A representative for the couple, Ben Labolt — who also once served as a spokesman for former President Barack Obama — released a statement that said:

“As Mark and Priscilla made clear previously, their election infrastructure donation to help ensure that Americans could vote during the height of the pandemic was a one-time donation given the unprecedented nature of the crisis. They have no plans to repeat that donation.”

Instead, they apparently will just make free money available to local election officials who can use it for various “processes.”