Doug Ducey, Governor of Arizona signed a new bill into law which forbids private funding of government election processes within the state.
He said that the bill is an effort to improve election fidelity since “public confidence” in election processes are at an all time low.
Ducey’s announcement arrives shortly after it was discovered that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg along with his wife Priscilla Chan, donated $419 million to election administrations through the Center for Election Innovation and Research shortly ahead of the 2020 presidential election. Conservatives criticized the donations and filed lawsuits, arguing that federal laws prevent local governments from receiving private donations for such projects.
Katie Hobbs, Arizona Secretary of State used $4.8 million from the Center for Election Innovation and Research before and after the 2020 election.
Democrats cried out that the state suffered underfunding due to Republican efforts to block the Billionaires meddling in the election process.
The bill however, passed with bipartisan support and was signed into law on Friday.
Author: Jane Douglas