Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a Civil Investigation Request (CID) to the Center for Tech and Civil Life (CTCL) as part of an investigation into whether the nonprofit was soliciting donations under the guise of protect voters from Covid-19 while instead using the funds to support partisan campaign efforts or election monitoring roles normally left to state and local authorities.
The CTCL, which presents itself as a non-partisan organization, is led by people with distinctly partisan backgrounds. CTCL founder and executive director Tiana Epps-Johnson was among the inaugural cohort of Obama Foundation Scholars and previously served as director of election administration for a grassroots progressive organization.
Receiving around $350 million from Chan Zuckerberg alone, the Epps-Johnson-led CTCL claimed to help election officials across the country “safely administer” elections. But outside observers noted that the vast majority of funds given to the CTCL in swing states went to counties and precincts that voted overwhelmingly for Joe Biden.
“Charities cannot mislead their donors and distort the purpose of their fundraising,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Furthermore, in Texas, as in other states, it is the duty of state and county officials, accountable to the people of Texas, to ensure that elections are fair, safe and free. duty cannot be usurped by outside entities who are not chosen by the people of Texas and cannot be accountable to them.
The purpose of the investigation is to determine whether donors have been misled by the stated purpose and objectives of CTCL and, if so, to hold CTCL accountable.
To read the full CID, Click here. And to view GAO’s Guidance for Charitable Donors, please visit our website: https://texasattorneygeneral.gov/divisions/charitable-trusts/tips-charitable-donors