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Black Hawk, Scott County Auditors facing federal lawsuit from conservative group

WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL)- Black Hawk and Scott County are being sued in federal court by a group that has connections to a pro-life group in Chicago.

At issue is grant money both counties accepted from the Center for Tech and Civic Life, a non-profit group working to modernize elections. According to the group, the grant was to be used to cover some of the increased costs of running an election during a pandemic.

Now, the Iowa Voters Alliance is suing both counties.

According to court documents, Black Hawk County received $267,500, and Scott County received $286,870.

When asked about the lawsuit by KWWL on Friday, Veeder said he was advised by the county attorney not to comment on it.

According to record, nearly 50 auditors across the Hawkeye state accepted grants from the Center for Tech and Civic Life, but only Black Hawk and Scott Counties were named in the suit.

In the lawsuit, the Iowa Voter Alliance contends that the Center for Tech and Civic Life targets progressive voters and helps progressive candidates.

The group argues CTCL is using the grants to work toward “the objective of turning out progressive voters in the urban counties and cities.”

On its website, CTCL bills itself as a “nonpartisan nonprofit that uses technology to improve the way local governments and communities interact.”

The lawyers representing the Iowa Voter Alliance also represent the Thomas More Society, a conservative anti-abortion law firm based in Chicago

The lawsuits against the two auditors are similar to ones filed in other battleground states, including Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.

In Wisconsin, lawyers from the same law firm represent Wisconsin Voter Alliance, suing local election officials in that state.

Last month, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced he was donating $250 million to the CTCL.

In a statement announcing the donation, Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan said it was to make sure "everyone can vote, and every vote can be counted."

You can read the full lawsuit here:

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Daniel Perreault

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