Hayden Ludwig on Grand Canyon Times Podcast: How the Left Plans to Federalize Elections

by | Nov 4, 2023 | Dark Money

Restoration News research director Hayden Ludwig was interviewed on the Grand Canyon Times Podcast with Leyla Gulen on Nov. 1, 2023. From the interview (available to listen here):

Zuck Bucks:

  • Ludwig discusses Mark Zuckerberg’s donation of $400 million to two nonprofits, primarily the Center for Tech in Civic Life (CTCL) based in Chicago.
  • This money was used to aid county election officials in running their elections.
  • Ludwig’s research suggests that this money favored Democratic cities, potentially influencing the election results.
  • Louisiana recently passed an initiative to ban “Zuck bucks,” becoming the 26th state to do so.

Dark Money in Politics

  • Ludwig explains that billions of dollars are tied up in thousands of nonprofit organizations that influence politics.
  • The left has been more effective at using these nonprofits for political purposes, bypassing traditional party committees.
  • This strategy involves registering new voters who are likely to vote Democrat based on demographics.
  • Despite the left’s significant financial advantage in this area, Ludwig is optimistic about the right’s chances due to the Democratic Party’s shift from a national to a regional focus.

Election Dynamics:

  • Ludwig said he believes that the Democratic Party’s reliance on specific demographics and neglect of broader outreach will be its downfall.
  • He predicts that the Democratic Party is locking itself out of a majority for the next generation.
  • However, he acknowledges that states with large cities like California, Illinois, and New York still predominantly vote Democrat due to the influence of those cities.


  • Ludwig believes that while immediate changes might not be visible, there will be significant shifts in the political landscape in the coming years.

Read the original article prompting the interview here.

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