Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Fighting the American oligarchs: Zuckerbucks

Wisconsin voters ban Zuckerbucks after effectively overriding their Democratic governor's past vetoes

Wisconsin has joined 27 other states in making it more difficult for ideologues with deep pockets — such as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg — to financially meddle in elections.

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has vetoed multiple efforts to keep so-called "Zuckerbucks" out of elections in the Badger State. The state's Republican-controlled legislature figured lawmakers would give their constituents the final word on the matter, successfully voting to put corresponding constitutional amendments on the April primary ballot.

The first question put to voters on the ballot Tuesday was whether Section 7(1) of Article III of the Wisconsin Constitution should be amended to prohibit all levels of government and all state employees from applying for, accepting, spending, or using money or equipment "in connection with the conduct of any primary, election, or referendum if the moneys or equipment are donated or granted by an individual or nongovernmental entity."

This proposed amendment was backed by the Wisconsin Voter Alliance, Election Integrity for Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, and various other groups keen on restoring voter confidence and protecting American elections from private interference.

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