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First on Granthshala: A voting integrity group led by former GOP senator Kelly Loeffler filed a lawsuit Monday seeking transparency about the $5.6 million donated by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to the office of Georgia’s secretary of state last year It was the hottest election spent in the 2020 presidential election.

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Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan spent a total of $45 million in Georgia during the 2020 election cycle, which included the January 2021 Senate runoff, and a watchdog group reported in June that it significantly extended Democrats vote in the Peach State.

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The Foundation for Government Accountability argues that grant funding through the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL) in Georgia and nationwide was heavily geared toward Democratic-leaning counties. Billed as an election security grant during the coronavirus pandemic, only a small portion of the investigated foundations in any state were used for personal protective equipment.

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CTCL gave blue counties in Georgia nearly four times as much in Zuckerberg-funded grants as it did to red counties, according to FGA analysis,

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For the 2020 election, CTCL awarded approximately $29 million to Georgia counties that Biden won, with a rate of $7.13 per registered voter. In contrast, the center gave grants of $2.3 million — an average of $1.91 per registered voter — to counties that Trump won. Fulton, Cobb, and DeKalb were the counties with the most leads in the presidential election.

Topshot - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during the VivaTech (Viva Technology) trade fair on May 24, 2018 in Paris.  (Photo by Gerard Julian / AFP)

“The Zuckerberg funding is an unprecedented example of using government employees and government resources to put their finger on an election to influence the outcome of an election,” Tarren Bragdon, CEO of the Foundation for Government Accountability, told Granthshala News. “It would be like giving private money to police departments so that officers can do more stop and frisk in some neighborhoods than in other neighborhoods. It would be like giving money to the tax department to do increased audits in certain zip codes or neighborhoods versus other neighborhoods.” ..”

In all, Zuckerberg spent $350 million in the lead-up to the 2020 election.

Granthshala News’ Fred Lucas contributed to this report