Taking Zuckerbucks Is Now A Felony In Georgia

Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA) signed a law banning nonprofit donations to county election offices, making it a felony to accept “Zuckerbucks.”

Local governments in Georgia could face felony charges if they receive donations from nonprofit organizations after the 2020 general election saw million-dollar donations to county election offices.

Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA) signed a law banning nonprofit donations to these offices on Wednesday, a significant win for state and national Republicans looking to limit outside money in elections. Georgia will join 23 other states that have prohibited, limited, or regulated private funding in elections since 2020.

The law, coming from Senate Bill 222, was authored by state GOP Sen. Max Burns. Thirteen other state Republican senators helped co-author the bill, which passed the Senate on March 2 and again on March 28 after the House introduced substitutes.

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FILE – Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp delivers the State of the State address on the House floor of the state Capitol, Jan. 25, 2023, in Atlanta.

Beginning July 1, the bill will effectively make it a felony for election workers or government officials to solicit or accept money to cover the cost of running elections from anyone other than the state or federal government. Republicans sought to make these restrictions after the Center for Tech and Civic Life contributed more than $400 million to county election offices nationwide, with $45 million going to Georgia offices, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Most of the money went to Democratic-leaning counties, but several Republican jurisdictions also received grants. The money went toward mail-in ballot processing equipment, protective gear for election workers, election staffing, absentee ballot postage costs, and voter outreach.

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