Non-profit

The Michigan Center for Election Law and Administration

Tax ID:

26-3393063

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Founded:

2008

Founder:

Jocelyn Benson

The Michigan Center for Election Law and Administration, originally the Richard Austin Center for Election Law and Administration, was founded in 2008 by Democratic Michigan Secretary of State, Jocelyn Benson. [1] [2]

In 2020, the organization received 100 percent of its funding from a $12 million grant from the Mark Zuckerberg funded Center for Election Innovation and Research. The organization reported that its largest expenditures during 2020 were over $11.7 million in consulting fees paid to two powerful Democratic consulting firms for “media strategy and purchase.” Waterfront Strategies received $9.7 million dollars, and Alper Strategies, the consulting firm of Democratic strategist Jill Alper received $2 million. The consulting fees paid for television and radio ads encouraging citizens to vote as well as text messages sent directly to voters who had not voted yet. [3] [4]

References

  1. “Certificate of Change of Registered Office and/or Resident Agent.” OpenCorporates. Accessed August 5, 2021. https://opencorporates.com/filings/594484737. ^
  2. Miele, Frank Daniel. “Zuckerberg-Funded Nonprofit Paid $11.8 Million to Democrat Political Consulting Firms FOR ‘Nonpartisan VOTER Education’ in MICHIGAN 2020 Election.” The Star News Network, August 5, 2021. https://thestarnewsnetwork.com/2021/08/05/zuckerberg-funded-nonprofit-paid-11-8-million-to-democrat-political-consulting-firms-for-nonpartisan-voter-education-in-michigan-2020-election/. ^
  3. Miele, Frank Daniel. “Zuckerberg-Funded Nonprofit Paid $11.8 Million to Democrat Political Consulting Firms FOR ‘Nonpartisan VOTER Education’ in MICHIGAN 2020 Election.” The Star News Network, August 5, 2021. https://thestarnewsnetwork.com/2021/08/05/zuckerberg-funded-nonprofit-paid-11-8-million-to-democrat-political-consulting-firms-for-nonpartisan-voter-education-in-michigan-2020-election/. ^
  4. Samilton, Tracy. “New Campaign Will Educate Citizens, Especially First-Time Voters, How to Vote.” Michigan Radio. Accessed August 5, 2021. https://www.michiganradio.org/post/new-campaign-will-educate-citizens-especially-first-time-voters-how-vote. ^

Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. Jill Alper
    Consultant
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: April 1, 2010

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