Guest post by Jefferson Davis
Madison – In response to a Republican party member’s inquiry involving the placement of a constitutional amendment question on the statewide April 2023 ballot, prohibiting any infusion of Zuckerberg monies to assist in the administration of elections in Wisconsin, the Republican Party of Wisconsin Communications Director explains why the Republican Party of Wisconsin doesn’t want the constitutional amendment on the April 2023 ballot.
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The Republican Party of Wisconsin believes that a statewide constitutional amendment ballot question on banning Zuckerberg monies from assisting the administration of elections in Wisconsin would dilute messaging for voters with too many amendments to consider on the ballot and increase turnout for democrats with their “save democracy” rhetoric.
Instead, the Republican Party of Wisconsin believes that bail and welfare reform amendments would resonate more for voters, based on their polling with the republican base, moderates and independents, than the election integrity amendment banning Zuckerberg monies assisting with the administration of elections.
A statewide poll conducted in March of 2022 (See attached Poll 1 & 2) of 500 identified republicans, showed that addressing the Zuckerberg issue of assisting in the administration of elections in Wisconsin was an 84% positive issue with the republican base wanting the legislature to immediately address this matter.
Zuckerberg monies, in the millions, continue to pour into Wisconsin and the administration of elections at the Clerk level and college campuses to get out the vote.
The Wisconsin Assembly and Senate Republicans passed AJR Joint Resolution 134 in the 2021-22 Session that would put the prohibition of any Wisconsin Clerk or community from ever receiving any private funds (Zuckerberg) to assist in the administration of elections in Wisconsin to a statewide ballot initiative in the form of a constitutional amendment.
Zuckerberg’s funding and assisting with the administration of elections in Wisconsin during the 2020 Presidential Election, came under heavy scrutiny and was the subject of a couple of investigations and reviews approved by the Wisconsin Legislature and Republican Assembly Speaker Vos (R-Rochester) and revealed many violations of State Election Law by the Zuckerberg relationship(s) with some Clerks (Special Counsel Report, March 1, 2022 – Microsoft Word – OSC Second Interim Report (wisconsin.gov) and Legislative Audit Bureau Report, October 19, 2021 – Elections Administration | full report (wisconsin.gov).
Zuckerberg’s funding and assisting with the administration of elections in Wisconsin clearly had an effect on the 2020 Presidential Election in heavy blue areas (democrats) in the collective effort to get out the vote for democrats.
One of the largest recipients of Zuckerberg private funding ($3.4 million) to assist with the administration of elections was the City of Milwaukee.
The 2020 Presidential Election in Wisconsin was supposedly won by 20,682 votes when a 3:26 A.M. absentee ballot dump of 170,000 votes on Wednesday, November 4th, magically appeared out of thin air from a “missing” flash stick supplied by the City of Milwaukee Elections Clerk.
President Trump was comfortably ahead with an insurmountable lead of about 120,000 votes and with all precincts having reported before the “missing” flash drive was found.
To the credit of Speaker Vos (R-Rochester), he helped facilitate the approval of AJR 134 in the 2021-22 Session of the Assembly and Senate.
Wisconsin requires a constitutional amendment to be passed in two consecutive Legislative Sessions before it can be placed on a statewide ballot for voter consideration.
The Author of AJR 134 (Rep. August – R Lake Geneva – Rep. August Home (wisconsin.gov)) has to reintroduce AJR 134 for this Session to be approved the second time with a new number.
The Assembly Rules Committee (2023 Committee on Rules (wisconsin.gov)), must then approve AJR 134 to be moved to the Assembly Floor for a vote.
Rep. August and Speaker Vos are the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Assembly Rules Committee controlled by Republicans that will approve and move AJR 134 to the floor for a vote.
The Wisconsin Assembly’s last Floor Session for this week is today, January 19th (Assembly Home (wisconsin.gov)). AJR 134 is not on today’s agenda, but bail and welfare reform is (Assembly Home (wisconsin.gov)).
The Wisconsin Senate is in adjournment.
The January Wisconsin Assembly Floorperiod is January 17-26, and the February Wisconsin Assembly Floorperiod is February 14-16 (Calendar (wisconsin.gov))
Speaker Vos can call the Assembly into Session during these floor periods.
After Wisconsin Republican Assembly Speaker Vos (R-Rochester) absolutely promised his fellow legislators last year that he would immediately have AJR 134 (will receive new number in 2023-24 Session) approved in the next Legislative Session, the consideration of passage for AJR 134 during the January 2023 Flooperiod has stalled (Calendar (wisconsin.gov)).
AJR 134 must be reintroduced now, approved by the Rules Committee and voted on by the entire Assembly in the January or February Flooperiods in order to be placed on the April 2023 ballot for the mailing of absentee ballots after the February 21, 2023, Spring Primary, that involves the Supreme Court Race.
24 states have outright banned or severely restricted any acceptance of Zuckerberg monies to assist in the administration of elections in their state. Of course, democrat governors have vetoed any measures that would ban Zuckerberg infiltration of elections in their state.
Wisconsin voters can contact Speaker Vos, Rep. August, their Assembly Representative, their State Senator and the Assembly Rules Committee as follows to get AJR 134 passed now allowing for the constitutional amendment question of banning Zuckerberg monies to be placed on the April 2023 ballot:
- Speaker Vos (R-Rochester) – Speaker Robin Vos (wisconsin.gov)
- Rep. August (R-Lake Geneva) – Rep. August Home (wisconsin.gov)
- Assembly Representative – 2023 Wisconsin State Representatives
- State Senator – 2023 Wisconsin State Senators
- Assembly Rules Committee – 2023 Committee on Rules (wisconsin.gov)
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to do the right thing to restore some small sense of election integrity by prohibiting the influence of the administration of our elections by Zuckerberg and his fellow liberal progressives.
The Republican Party of Wisconsin’s position of not having the constitutional amendment banning Zuckerberg monies to assist in the administration of elections in Wisconsin placed on the April 2023 ballot is reproduced below.
The Republican Party of Wisconsin can be contacted as follows:
- Chairman Brian Schimming – 608-257-4765 and [email protected]
- Party website – www.wisgop.org
- Party email – Rachel Reisner, Communications Director – [email protected]
- County Chairman Find Your County Party – Republican Party of Wisconsin (wisgop.org)