The Carter Center will deploy â€œnonpartisan election observersâ€ in Fulton County, Georgia for the upcoming midterms
The group is also combatting election â€œmisinformationâ€ in states including Arizona, insisting there is â€œno evidence of fraudâ€
It has a long track record of working with Chinese Communist Party-funded influence groupsÂ
The Carter Center is partnered with the Chinese Communist Party on election oversight in ChinaÂ
Other prominent partners of the Carter Center include Pfizer Inc., The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and George Sorosâ€™s Open Society FoundationÂ
THE CARTER CENTER, which is partnered with several Chinese Communist Party-funded foreign influence groups, is dispatching â€œnonpartisanâ€ election observers and sponsoring initiatives to combat election â€œmisinformationâ€ for the Nov. 8 midterms, War Room can reveal.
The center, founded by its namesake, former president Jimmy Carter, has also signed agreements with the Chinese Communist Partyâ€™s (CCP) Ministry of Civil Affairs to cooperate on administering elections in China and has invited CCP officials overseas to observe elections in the U.S.
The Carter Centerâ€™s ample ties to Beijing have been repeatedly flagged by U.S. lawmakers, as it has worked with several groups operating under Chinaâ€™s â€œUnited Front.â€
A multi-billion-dollar political warfare operation, the United Front has been described by former CCP Chairman Mao Zedong as a â€œmagic weaponâ€ to ensure communismâ€™s victory over democracy. American officials have also identified the effort as working to â€œco-opt and neutralize sources of potential oppositionâ€ and â€œinfluence foreign governments to take actions or adopt positions supportive of Beijing.â€
While maintaining these compromising ties, one of the primary operations of the Carter Center has been conducting â€œelection observationâ€ missions for over 100 elections across 39 countries.
Since 2020, it has pledged to carry out similar operations in the U.S.
â€œThe Carter Center has been working to support elections at home by providing objective information about the election process and advancing good practices in transparency,â€ outlines the center before noting â€œour efforts have expanded in 2022 and will continue to grow in the run-up to 2024.â€
Georgia, Arizona, Michigan, Florida, and North Carolina are the primary states of interest for the Carter Center.
For example, the Carter Center was recently selected by Georgiaâ€™s Fulton County Board of Elections and the Performance Review Board to send â€œnonpartisan election observersâ€ to oversee the upcoming Nov. 8 midterms. Fulton County, which includes the city of Atlanta, was reportedly a hotbed of voter fraud during the 2020 election.
The Carter Center will be responsible for â€œabsentee ballot issuance and processing; early voting and election day polling places; election day operations in the elections office; and post-election proceduresâ€ in the controversial county, according to a press release.
The Carter Centerâ€™s unearthed efforts to influence the upcoming midterm elections follow the group playing a leading role in monitoring the audit of Georgiaâ€™s election results in 2020.
In 2020, the center worked on an election security task force for Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffenspergerâ€™s office as the sole â€œnonpartisanâ€ observer for the audit.
The Carter Center is also conducting operations in Arizona, recently launching the Arizona Democracy Resilience Network to suppress discussion of voter fraud among candidates and combat election â€œmisinformation.â€ Among the groupâ€™s demands are that candidates â€œcooperate with elections officialsâ€ and â€œavoid spreading falsehoods.â€
“When you have candidates talking about fraud when there’s really been no evidence of fraud and fraud before an election is even held, it presents the kind of atmosphere out there that can lead to things down the road that you just don’t want to see happen,” explained Arizona Democracy Resilience Network co-director Don Henninger.
The Arizona Democracy Resilience Network has identified Maricopa and Pima counties as its primary targets, both of which were believed to have been plagued with extensive voter fraud during the 2020 election.
In an effort to boost confidence in the security of Arizonaâ€™s elections, which will be administered by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs, the Carter Centerâ€™s group is sponsoring statewide events such as â€œFollow the Ballot: Be Confident Your Vote Is Countedâ€ to undercut claims of voter fraud.
In addition to its Arizona and Georgia operations, the Carter Center is also behind the North Carolina Network for Fair, Safe, and Secure Elections, which is sponsoring a state-wide â€œTrusted Electionsâ€ tour.
The group is also set to launch a similar campaign in Florida and has pledged to deploy â€œnon-partisan election observersâ€ in Michigan.
The Carter Centerâ€™s newfound interest in influencing American elections, however, follows decades of collaboration with the CCP and its foreign influence operations conducted through â€œUnited Frontâ€ groups.
Since 2012, the Carter Center has worked alongside the China United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF), which was founded by the Vice-Chairman of the United Frontâ€™s oversight department. CUSEF has previously sponsored trips to China for American journalists and former congressmen in exchange for â€œfavorable coverage,â€ as revealed by Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA) filings.
The Carter Center, which has accepted funds from CUSEF, has sponsored a host of dialogues and events with the controversial group, providing a platform to argue fo increasing ties between America and the CCP.
The center also retains links to the Chinese Peopleâ€™s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, which has been dubbed the â€œpublic faceâ€ of the United Front and flagged by the U.S. State Department for its campaigns to â€œdirectly and malignly influenceâ€ American officials.
Other United Front groups that the Carter Center has collaborated with include the Chinese People’s Association for Peace and Disarmament, the Center for China and Globalization, and the U.S.-China Heartland Association, which explicitly targets American farmers and farmland.
The Carter Center has also hosted events alongside the China Research Center (CRC), which is financially supported by Confucius Institutes. Confucius Institutes have been described by Chinese government officials as â€œan important part of Chinaâ€™s overseas propaganda set-upâ€ and are notoriously rife with intellectual property theft and espionage.
FOREIGN ELECTION INTERFERENCE?
The Carter Centerâ€™s ties to the CCP run deeper, as it signed a memorandum of understanding with the regimeâ€™s Ministry of Civil Affairs in 1998 to collaborate on various election matters in China at the village and township level.
The Carter Center, which was the first foreign organization allowed to observe elections above the village level in China, has published extensive reports on the CCPâ€™s elections, routinely failing to offer any harsh criticism of the regimeâ€™s electoral manipulation and intimidation.
â€œIn those villages which we saw and heard about, the basic norms of a democratic election have been conveyed and are being implemented,â€ explained one report.
Under the memorandum, the Carter Center worked with the CCPâ€™s Ministry of Civil Affairs â€œto set up a computer network system for election data gathering; to standardize electoral procedures; to design and organize training sessions of election officials; and to promote exchanges between China and the United States on election observations and researches on election-related topics,â€ according to a synopsis of the agreement.
â€œAll Carter Center programming is done in consultation with Chinese government agencies and designed to deepen reform measures on the government agenda,â€ it adds.
The memorandum also led to the Carter Center hosting delegations of CCP officials visiting the U.S. to observe elections in 1998, 2000, 2002, and 2006.
DÃ©jÃ Vu Blue?
Beyond its Chinese Communist Party ties, the groupâ€™s expansion into American elections has been met with considerable pushback due to its apparent left-wing political bias. Jimmy Carter, a Democrat, attacked President Donald Trump ahead of the 2020 election, insisting four more years of his presidency would be a â€œdisaster.â€
Other partners of the Carter Center include Pfizer Inc., George Sorosâ€™s Open Society Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the World Health Organization.
The news also follows controversy over hundreds of millions of dollars flowing from left-wing donors, most notably Mark Zuckerberg, into activist groups exploiting vote-by-mail.
Natalie Winters is co-host and executive editor at WarRoom.org.