In 2020, Republicans were out-organized and out-spent. Being out-spent isn’t fatal. Republicans were out-spent in 2016. But being out-organized frequently is. There’s a huge difference between spending money on ad buys and consultants, and spending it to change the structural environment of the election.
Just to start, I’m going to reference this J. Christian Adams piece at PJ Media which went viral.
The Capital Research Center has this deep dive into what the Center for Technology and Civil Life did in just Georgia. It starts with this:
This year, left-leaning donors Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan gave $350 million to an allegedly “nonpartisan” nonprofit, the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL), which in turn re-granted the funds to thousands of governmental election officials around the country to “help” them conduct the 2020 election.
What these grants did was build structural bias into the 2020 election where structural bias matters most – in densely populated urban cores. It converted election offices in key jurisdictions with deep reservoirs of Biden votes into Formula One turnout machines. The hundreds of millions of dollars built systems, hired employees from activist groups, bought equipment and radio advertisements. It did everything that street activists could ever dream up to turn out Biden votes if only they had unlimited funding.
Michael Patrick Leahy at Breitbart was doing a lot of important work on the the Center for Technology and Civil Life that hasn’t gotten much attention.
Most of Joe Biden’s 221,751 vote margin gain in Georgia, compared to Hillary Clinton’s performance in 2016, came from three metropolitan Atlanta counties that received more than $15 million from the Mark Zuckerberg-funded Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL) “safe elections” project.
Those three counties — Cobb, Fulton, and Gwinnett–accounted for 168,703 of Biden’s 221,751 vote margin gain, or 76 percent.
And CTCL is doubling down on Georgia.
The Mark Zuckerberg-funded Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL) announced on Tuesday that it will provide additional “safe elections” grants to county election departments in Georgia in advance of the two U.S. Senate runoff elections that will be held on January 5, 2021.
As Breitbart News reported last month, former Barack Obama campaign manager David Plouffe worked for the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative from 2017 through 2020:
Meanwhile a ton of money also flowed into Stacey Abrams’ operation which is currently under investigation, the operation, not the money.
The voting rights organization Stacey Abrams founded in 2018 after losing a close gubernatorial election raised $34.5 million in just 39 days from late October to the last week of November, funneling a chunk of the money into helping Democratic candidates in key races.
The $34.5 million is about what the group had raised the previous two years.
The common denominator with Fair Fight and CTCL is that both set out to alter the structural electoral environment, rather than just throwing money at ads.
All of that work was out in the open, yet Republicans, taking Georgia for granted, were caught by surprise. And Georgia, as I keep saying, is a testbed for the real deal, which is Texas. That’s their big endgame. Take Texas, transform its electoral system, and secure every presidential election until doomsday.
Democrats went into 2020 with a lot of money but, more importantly, a plan. Republicans have a lot of infighting, but so far, no plan.