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"Confronting Zuckerbucks" Committee Hearing, Mollie Hemingway is on Fire!

Updated: Feb 13

February 7th, Mollie Hemingway, senior editor at The Federalist, testified at a Committee on House Administration hearing titled “American Confidence in Elections: Confronting Zuckerbucks, Private Funding of Election Administration.”

In four minutes of testimony before Congress, Hemingway summed up everything wrong with America's elections from mail-in ballots, to Zuckerbucks, to censorship, to Big Tech censorship, to Democrats trying to put Trump in jail. She stated

“The American system of self-government is under attack."
We have allowed the private takeover of government election offices by partisan oligarchs and their armies of activists who use those offices and their authorities to tilt the election toward favored candidates.

During her opening statement on Wednesday, Hemingway diagnosed the deterioration of U.S. elections and Americans’ trust in the voting process as the result of “lengthy election seasons.”  

“The situation is so absurd that we have presidential and gubernatorial debates weeks after some people have already voted.” Hemingway cited mail-in voting as forcing voting to begin months before Election Day.

“Instead of having full security and a verifiable chain of custody for ballots being issued, cast, and counted, we flooded addresses across the country with tens of millions of unsupervised mail-in ballots months ahead of elections frequently to locations from which voters, if they’re even alive, have long since moved, instead of having election administration that is rigorously nonpartisan and impartial under the law we have allowed the private takeover of government election offices by partisan oligarchs and their army of activists who use those offices and their authorities to tilt the elections toward favored candidates,” she explained.

Federalist writer Jordan Boyd wrote, “Hemingway said this strategy not only applied in the 2020 presidential election but is being weaponized by Democrats in the 2024 cycle to prevent former President Donald Trump from receiving support at the polls.

“Instead of voters being able to vote for the candidate of their choice, powerful interests backed by wealthy oligarchs are working to remove the most popular candidate and the ruling party’s chief opponent from the ballot in a move reminiscent of Soviet Russia,”

Hemingway said.

“And if that weren’t enough, instead of the top candidates being chosen by the people being able to fully engage in a vigorous campaign heading into an election, we have one side actively attempting to throw its opponent in prison and bankrupt his family, again, reminiscent of Soviet Russia instead of a system of rule of law that gives Americans the same rights and due process, the Department of Justice and other partisan actors” she said,are waging lawfare in select areas where they know they will have “partisan juries” that will find in their favor.

Hemingway called out bias in press reporting.

“Instead of a free and independent press that shares news and information to help inform voters, we have a press that is almost exclusively the arm of one political party and is so corrupt that it is willing to perpetrate hoax after hoax against opposition party members."

"Instead of a vibrant public square where Americans can debate issues and express their strongly held views, we have an elaborate censorship industrial complex, where the government works hand in hand with tech oligarchs to suppress and blacklist debate on all the important issues that contribute to election outcomes,” she noted. “This is something I know firsthand because our government worked with tech companies to censor me for my election reporting.”

Taken together, Hemingway said, these deliberate, orchestrated attacks are a threat the existence of the constitutional republic.

“Allowing just one of these attacks to infect our electoral system would be a crisis. Allowing all of them at the same time is an existential threat to our system of self-government.”

As Hemingway described in her 2021 book “Rigged: How the Media, Big Tech, and the Democrats Seized Our Elections,” “nonprofit groups with very strong ties to the Democrat Party and funded by one of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful men, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, took over government election offices, most notably in the Democrat areas of swing states.”

The introduction of “Zuckerbucks” to American elections, Hemingway said, was just the tip of the iceberg “by partisans to further infiltrate government offices to ensure favorable outcomes.”

Listen to the full hearing:  Mollie's testimony begins at 20:37. You can also read portions of her testimony Here.


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