In 2021, #Georgia outlawed Democrats' campaign financing scheme to privatize the state's elections, known as #Zuckerbucks.

That's why the @ItsInDeKalb elections office secretly enlisted the Finance Dept. to submit their 2023 grant application, circumventing state law. 1/
2/ In May 2022 at the direction of Board Chair Dele Lowman Smith, Deputy Finance Director Preston Stephens submitted an application to @HelloCTCL's new front group, the U.S. Alliance for Election Excellence.

They kept the application hidden from the board for the next 9 months.
3/ On Nov. 23, 2022, with the Georgia runoff taking place in less than 2 weeks' time, the U.S. Alliance for Election Excellence announed their 2023 grant finalists.

DeKalb County curiously was not referenced.…
4/ Chair Dele Lowman Smith recently acknowledged that accpeting #Zuckerbucks was illegal and that she worked with Preston Stephens to evade punishment.…
5/ The corrupting influence of Big Tech $$ to privatize our elections dilutes the voices and votes of Georgians while undermining trust in the democratic process.

We urge #GaHouse & #GaSenate to act by passing #SB222 into law without delay 👇…
6/ Under the legislation being considered by Senate Ethics Committee Chairman @votemaxburns, private election funds like those solicited/accepted by DeKalb County would "constitute a felony, and upon conviction shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one year..."
7/ The U.S. Alliance for Election Excellence has been intentionally structured to thwart oversight and accountability, and ultimately to get around the “Election Integrity Act of 2021"—which banned #Zuckerbucks.

Learn more 👇…

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It's been a recipe for disaster, leading to confusion among voters & further undermining their confidence in election outcomes. 1/
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