This article by Ian Vandewalker is published by The Brennan Center for Justice. Here is an excerpt:
Tuesday’s local elections in and around Green Bay, Wisconsin, were the focus of big spending by outside groups pushing narratives around election denial — claims that the 2020 presidential election was so marred by fraud that it came to the wrong result. Some of the messages being peddled accused local officials of misconduct in the election, while others implied that their preferred candidate must be elected to preserve democracy. Of the six candidates supported by messaging casting doubt on the last election, five won office, and three of those unseated incumbents.
This year, races for positions with a role in election administration have been a focus of unprecedented national attention amid a disinformation campaign attempting to cast doubt on the result in the 2020 presidential election. Much of the focus has been at the state level, where the Brennan Center has found that fundraising for secretary of state candidates has skyrocketed. But local officials also play crucial roles running our elections, and large expenditures in Green Bay are a sign that local elections everywhere could be at risk from attacks harmful to voters’ trust in our democracy.
Green Bay has been a target of election denial, mostly focused on the city’s acceptance of charitable donations from the Center for Tech and Civic Life, which is funded largely by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. CTCL provided funds to thousands of election agencies across 49 states, awarding funds on a nonpartisan basis. Green Bay used the money to pay poll workers and for other administration expenses. Debunked conspiracy theories claim that the funds amounted to a bribe to swing the election for Joe Biden.
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