Speaking exclusively to Sirius XM’s “Breitbart News Saturday” host Matt Boyle, the Republican Alabama Secretary of State, John Merrill, shone a light on one of the major weaknesses and sources of concern in America’s election system—and he did it in no uncertain terms.

His concern? The funding of crucial election administration and system infrastructure via massive private donations.

Merrill said that “every state in the union” should totally prohibit such funding in an effort to restore and maintain some integrity in the system.

Private Money Flooded—and Corrupted—the 2020 Election

Merrill pointed out that private organizations of all kinds donated enormous amounts of money to fund all kinds of critical infrastructure in the 2020 election. Indeed, that election was unique for just how much private money was devoted to that purpose.


It is not reasonable to suppose that these private actors have no agendas of their own and that they are simply funding election administrations out of a sense of disinterested patriotic duty. The presumption should instead be that such parties do have special interests and goals—including political goals—and that they seek to achieve those political goals through their actions.

As such, they simply should not be given the benefit of the doubt about anything. American election integrity depends on that kind of skepticism.

As Merrill pointed out, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan donated $350 million to the Center for Technology and Civil Life and a further $69 million to the Center for Election Innovation and Research.


These organizations were responsible for administering and holding elections in areas across the country in 2020—including in the swing states where there has been a great deal of credible evidence of fraud.

Given Facebook’s notorious censorship policies against conservatives, that company’s political orientation is completely obvious. And with the ability to make such massive donations, it’s not a stretch that Facebook may have nudged the election—and perhaps how ballots were counted—in the direction of its own bias.

“It seems very wrong to me that a private oligarch, a billionaire like Mark Zuckerberg … I just don’t think they should be funding election offices. That’s a function of our government of our states,” said Boyle.


Commenting on legislation that has been proposed in Georgia that would make private election administration funding illegal in the state, Boyle said, “It seems like that’s a common sense thing.”

In response, Merrill made the following important announcement: “We’re going to be having our legislature, our House and Senate, consider legislation just like they’re doing in Georgia. We think every state should do the same thing.”