Laura Ingraham Says Mark Zuckerberg, George Soros Influenced Elections With 'Huge Amounts of Money'

Fox News host Laura Ingraham has claimed funding from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and billionaire investor George Soros influenced results in the 2020 election.

On The Ingraham Angle Thursday, the conservative host claimed without evidence that money from the two billionaires had a "huge effect" on the outcomes of local races this year. She made the comments while interviewing House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who questioned the legitimacy of the ballot counting process.

Ingraham said: "We have huge amounts of money from Mark Zuckerberg and George Soros and others flooding into everything, from the local D.A. [district attorney] races to even school board races in some cases, and then canvassing [in] states like Pennsylvania and these other efforts. I think that it had a huge effect on this."

Zuckerberg and Soros collectively made hefty political donations in 2020, each pouring millions of dollars into campaign groups and voting infrastructure organizations. Zuckerberg has previously denied his funds fuel a "partisan agenda."

A spokesperson for Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan told Newsweek: "This claim is not accurate. Mark didn't contribute to any candidates this election cycle. He and Priscilla donated to non-partisan organizations that provided grants to state and local election officials to safely administer the vote during an unprecedented pandemic, so that every eligible voter could vote safely and have their vote counted."

Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post in October that he and his wife Priscilla Chan were donating $100 million to the election advocacy group Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL) to fund U.S. voting infrastructure, including for smaller races. That was on top of an earlier donation of $300 million.

He said the money would be used to help provide local officials with key equipment, protective gear for workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and the hiring of additional staff. Zuckerberg said more than 2,100 local election jurisdictions had submitted applications to the CTCL for support.

"Since our initial donation, there have been multiple lawsuits filed in an attempt to block these funds from being used, based on claims that the organizations receiving donations have a partisan agenda. That's false," he said.

"These funds will serve communities throughout the country—urban, rural and suburban —and are being allocated by non-partisan organizations," Zuckerberg said. He said he agreed "with those who say that government should have provided these funds."

Soros, who is a Democrat, spent more than $28 million on the 2020 election during the first three months of this year, including on pro-Biden campaign groups, Politico reported in April citing a campaign finance disclosure from his family's political action committee (PAC).

A Soros spokesperson said at the time some of the funds were donated to Win Justice, a campaign aimed at mobilizing voters of color, young people, women, and union supporters in key states of Florida, Minnesota, Nevada, and Wisconsin.

In the interview with McCarthy on Thursday, the Ingraham also said she "didn't like the silence" from Republicans who chose not to speak out in support of president Donald Trump, after he baselessly accused Democrats of attempting to "steal" the election result.

She said: "Republicans better remember who helped expand this party. It wasn't some of the moderates... it was Donald Trump. And they better stand and fight for him."

This article was updated to include a statement from Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan told Newsweek.

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Fox News host Laura Ingraham speaks during CPAC 2019 on February 28, 2019 in National Harbor, Maryland. Ingraham has claimed that funding from Mark Zuckerberg and George Soros influenced the 2020 election. Alex Wong/Getty