Hundreds of millions of donations from Bill Gates’ foundation are being transferred to 11 of the 26 groups that joined an open letter recently urged Twitter advertisers to boycott the tech giant if Elon Musk brings back free speech, according to extensive research supplied to Breitbart News.
According to the Breitbart News story, which was based on Foundation for Freedom’s research and analysis, it was discovered that public filings link hundreds of millions of dollars in donations from the letter signers back to the Gates Foundation.
Overall, 11 of the 26 anti-Musk groups were funded by a Gates organization.
In 2020, the New Venture Fund got the highest one-year commitment that the Gates Foundation had given in over five years.
This connection to Bill Gates, the tech multibillionaire, is noteworthy, given that Musk and Gates are engaged in a public spat over free speech. Last month, Gates publicly touted his $500 million short position against Tesla, prompting Musk to label him a “b*ner” killer together with a meme showing Gates as a pregnant man.
Gates has also pushed for more restrictions on “health misinformation” in the digital realm, often calling on technology firms to do more to stop it.
Elon Musk is poised to undo the censorship restrictions that Bill Gates has long pressured for, and now he faces the wrath of Gates-funded nongovernmental organizations.
In a recent tweet, Musk asked his Twitter followers to find out who is behind the 26 NGOs that signed an intimidation letter that threatened to take down the company’s ad revenue if he reversed his censorship standards.
Following up on his request, Musk highlighted one particular shady organization, Accountable Tech, and asked: “I wonder who finances them.”
His curiosity came after a Washington Free Beacon review into Accountable Tech, which tried to find the source of the group’s financial sponsorship. Then the Free Beacon went to Accountable Tech’s office in Washington and came to the conclusion that the organization did not “actually exist.”
Instead, “Accountable Tech” was just a “trade name for the North Fund, which is a nonprofit group that makes use of aliases to push a long list of left-wing agendas from a fake office in D.C.”
But the trail might not be so cold.
New Venture Fund is a dark money group that got hundreds of millions of dollars from the Gates Foundation.
According to FFO’s investigation, the Gates Foundation grantee list contains a staggering 102 cash payments totaling $457 million since back in 2008.
In 2020, the Gates Foundation made a $70 million cash contribution to New Venture Fund in 2020, which is its single largest one-year gift to any other grantee since back in 2014 and its second largest since it was founded.
Gates’ direct donations might have been significantly higher. Influence Watch predicts $126 million in 2020, while FFO verified at least $85 million using public records. Gates funding plummeted to approximately $11 million for 2021, according to FFO, after the 2020 election cycle came to a close.