ZuckBucks, Used Trucks, and Arnold: How South Carolina Took Millions in California Cash to Boost Vote-by-Mail

Published On: February 18th, 2022

6.5M was only the beginning. They will be back.

(Alexandria, VA)– February 18, 2022: The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) released a research brief detailing the $6.5 million in private funds from left wing non-profits that flooded South Carolina election offices in 2020. These funds came with strings attached on how they could be spent to push unconventional voting practices.

South Carolina shows that there is a longer play for influencing election offices from the nonprofit sector. Amid efforts to ban private funding of elections in 2021, a justification for the practice began to emerge: elite donors and interests had a duty to send their money because governments were failing to fund the election process.

Unless states ban private funding of elections, we will continue to see millions pour into election offices from left wing non-profits.

“The South Carolina ZuckBuck effort shows a commitment to building state and local governments’ reliance on corporate interests to run elections going forward,” said PILF President J. Christian Adams. “This is about building a sustaining infrastructure to fit ideological tastes. Time is running short for South Carolinians to erase the risk of similar grants affecting 2022.”

Access the full research brief, here.


Public Interest Legal Foundation