CALLING ALL VOTERS! UNAFFILIATEDS, DEMOCRATS, REPUBLICANS
Open Forum via Zoom; hosted by Greenwich residents Susan Schieffelin and Ed Lopez (also an RTM Member)
with Scott Walter, President, CAPITAL RESEARCH CENTER & Jason Snead, Executive Director, HONEST ELECTIONS PROJECT
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Our town has always enjoyed high levels of trust and confidence in elections that are conducted independently, free, fair and above reproach, which might be about to change.
Recently, public-policy non-profits with politically partisan billionaire donors are getting involved in the administration of local elections by giving “free" money and "consulting".
At the height of COVID, in 2020, Greenwich accepted $28,007 from the Center for Technology and Civic Life, CTCL. Right now, Greenwich Registrars are seeking approval for another “free” gift from CTCL in the amount of $500,000; plus establishing membership in CTCL’s new alliance for sharing local practices, and CTCL "Consulting".
The RTM is voting on March 13, 2023, YES or NO on allowing such private funding into our town election offices.
Ask yourself this question — are you comfortable having non-profits with politically partisan billionaire donors give private money and advice to our town registrars? Is this a new normal we want in our town? No doubt there are more public policy charities willing and wanting to give “free” money and consulting to Greenwich.
Let’s discuss this together.
-Susan Schieffelin and Ed Lopez
The Election Clerk in Ottawa County, Michigan, withdrew from the same CTCL alliance and rejected even more money than we are being offered — a whopping $1.5 million, with this comment:
“But $1.5 million just seemed excessive. We didn’t ask for that. Honestly, we were very surprised…Election administration is critical government infrastructure and when private individuals seek to fund election operations, it casts a shadow over public trust in the process, particularly when the resources can be tied to individuals or groups who may have also contributed to political parties or candidates.”
This Michigan elections officer went on to say:
“Public trust is at the heart of our mission, and we will maintain our focus on providing excellent customer service and access for all our voters, while also delivering robust measures to ensure the integrity of our elections.”
ALSO MUST READ:
LETTER FROM A MICHIGAN ELECTIONS OFFICIAL WHO DECLINED TO JOIN THE CTCL ALLIANCE AND REFUSED THE $$$ AFTER HAVING BEEN SELECTED TO BE A “CENTER FOR ELECTION EXCELLENCE” AND BEING OFFERED “FREE” $1.5 MILLION
Read the press release and see below a letter directly from the official.
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