MADISON — Concerned about Zuckerberg-funded liberal groups entrenched in Wisconsin election administration, nearly 140 people turned out Tuesday for a “Standing Up for Voter Integrity” rally at the State Capitol.
The rally, on the the State Street side of the Statehouse, got under way as Madison became the fifth of the so-called “WI-5” cities facing a complaint alleging election law violations. The rally was sponsored by the Wisconsin Voter Alliance which has led legal challenges to liberal third-party groups accused of infiltrating November’s elections in the Badger State’s five largest and most heavily Democrat cities.
“As I talk to citizens around Wisconsin, there still are a lot of questions about CTCL (the Center for Tech and Civic Life) and their involvement in the 2020 election,” said state Rep. Janel Brandtjen (R-Menomonee Falls). “The lack of oversight of these groups should concern everyone in the state of Wisconsin as we work toward transparent elections.”
“CTCL and the other 12 nonprofits in Wisconsin cast a shadow of doubt over voting integrity for all elections moving forward.”
Brandtjen is chairwoman of the Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections, the committee charged with investigating last year’s elections. She was joined by state Reps. Shae Sortwell (R-Two Rivers) and Dave Murphy (R-Greenville), and state Sen. Andre Jacque (R-De Pere) at the rally.
Few election red flags appear more concerning than Chicago-based CTCL’s network of liberal voting activists deeply involved in the administration of November’s election in Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay, Kenosha and Racine.
As the latest complaint against Madison lays out, CTCL showered the “WI-5” cities with more than $8 million in grant funding, with Madison receiving more than $1.27 million of the cut. In total, CTCL received $400 million from Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg ostensibly to promote “safe and secure” elections during the pandemic. At the same time, Zuckerberg’s mammoth social network was silencing conservatives.
Emails show liberal activists and election officials sharing raw voter data and discussing how best to maximize turnout of traditionally Democratic voters in “areas with predominantly minorities.” CTCL partners were literally given the keys to absentee ballots, with one long-time Democratic operative offering to “cure” ballots. The complaints allege CTCL, its partners and city officials usurped authority solely granted to local and state elections officials under state law and the U.S. Constitution.
Mary Baldwin, one of five Madison citizens on the election complaint filed against Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway and City Clerk Maribeth Witzel-Behl, said it’s time Wisconsin voters stand up and be counted. The grandmother of five said she’s seen a lot in her life, but what she saw at the polls in November was deeply concerning.
“I want my country to be okay for my children and grandchildren,” Baldwin said. “I don’t think it was a fair election. Five states were targeted. Wisconsin was one of them.”
While CTCL and its defenders insist the left-leaning group handed out election administration grants to communities across the country, the funding was heavily skewed to liberal strongholds, particularly in battleground states like Wisconsin.
Ron Heuer, president of the Wisconsin Voter Alliance, said he’s relieved to have complaints filed against all five Wisconsin cities, but the fight is far from over.
“We will continue to litigate,” Heuer said. “We’re now going to see more personal litigation, going after individuals.”
Wisconsin Elections Commission spokesman Reid Magney said WEC had not received the complaint as of Tuesday afternoon. As with the other complaints, the Madison allegations will be reviewed by outside counsel, which has asked the cities and Election Administrator Meagan Wolfe to respond to the complaints by June 15. Wolfe also is named as a respondent in the complaint. Emails show the state elections official attempted to connect election officials in four Wisconsin cities with one of CTCL’s partners. And Wolfe, according to the complaint, publicly signaled her approval of the funding scheme in defiance of state law.
A spokeswoman for Madison Mayor Rhodes-Conway did not respond to a request for comment. The city clerk’s office directed all questions to Madison City Attorney Mike Haas.
“If the WEC requires a response we will submit a response,” Haas said in a curt email.
Baldwin, who refers to herself as “the right Baldwin” in the city that’s home to far left U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, said she wants to do her part to make sure every legal vote is counted.
“It’s critical that we all vote. We have to take that first step,” she said. “But I want my vote to count for the party I voted for, the individuals I voted for