Letter to the Editor
June 30, 2021
I read with interest the June 23rd article “Voters May Not Get A Voice”. I along with several other community members were in attendance and a spirited discussion of the “Nonpartisan Ordinance” occurred. Following that meeting, I did additional research on the Blaine County 2020 election. Here’s what my research found. On 10-5-20 the Blaine County Clerk & Recorder/Election Administrator, signed a contract with the Center for Tech and Civic Life, (CTCL) a non-profit, in the amount of $256, 433.00 USD, for the “…special circumstances Blaine County faces administering elections in 2020...”. However, I also discovered that The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) signed into law on March 27, 2020, had already provided an additional $400,000,000 to the EAC, the states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories “to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, domestically or internationally, for the 2020 Federal election cycle.” Of specific interest is that CTCL, is funded by Mark Zuckerberg, Pricilla Chan Foundation and Google amongst others; all of whom are partisan advocates who use these nonprofits to influence federal agencies, U.S. policy making and electoral policy. Why did Blaine County Election Department officials, who desire to be “non-partisan” seek private funding from a partisan CTCL and not the federal CARES Act money? The Amistad Journey has studied the Relationship of Foundations and Non-Profit Organizations Involved in U.S. Electoral Policy and their detailed chart and Blaine County CTCL contract have been provided to the Blaine County Journal to document the source of funding.