There may be something a little more serious than just typical Democrat bungling to blame for last week’s Iowa caucus debacle.
According to Big League Politics, much of the blame lies with Acronym, the political organization behind Shadow Inc., the tech firm that made the faulty app responsible for the massive delays in reporting caucus results.
Acronym, BLP points out, is “closely tied to South Bend, IN Mayor Pete Buttigieg and the failed campaign of Hillary Clinton, and it is funded by Silicon Valley oligarch Reid Hoffman.”
Hoffman himself has a history of “shady social media operations” so it’s anybody’s guess as to just whose bright idea it was to task him with securing electoral integrity for the Iowa caucus.
While Dems continue to squawk about mythical Russian assets affecting our elections, Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn, has actually been caught repeatedly funding campaigns using tech to manipulate voters.
BLP also notes that Hoffman previously funded and promoted the political ambitions of Acronym CEO Tara McGowan, who just happens to be married to one of Buttigieg’s senior campaign advisors.
I’m personally grateful and proud to be included in this group of incredible political founders + startups who @reidhoffman and his team, led by Dmitri, have supported and helped to fund over the past two years. https://t.co/o0QApPbHWY
— Tara McGowan (@taraemcg) December 21, 2018
McGowan was once called “a weapon of a woman whose innovative tactics make her critically important to the Democratic Party.” Now, as McGowan comes under the microscope for her connections, it seems that weapon is blowing up in the Dems’ faces.
Welp, this Iowa voting app rabbit hole is getting crazy. There is a second company tied to this Shadow Inc company that reportedly developed the app.
— Gab.com (@getongab) February 4, 2020
Before the Iowa caucus, BLP notes that Hoffman became infamous for his funding of Project Birmingham, which spread disinformation on social media to damage the campaign of U.S. senate candidate Judge Roy Moore. Moore, plagued by false accusations of sexual misconduct, ended up losing his shot at the Senate in the 2017 special election.
The Washington Post reported Hoffman’s involvement in Project Birmingham, conveniently waiting until January 2019, long after the damage was done:
Project Birmingham got its funding from Internet billionaire Reid Hoffman, who emerged as a leading underwriter of Democratic causes after the 2016 election … Hoffman gave $750,000 to a progressive technology start-up called American Engagement Technologies — founded by Mikey Dickerson, a former Obama administration official … This person said Dickerson used $100,000 of that to hire New Knowledge, a Texas-based social media research firm, to work in Alabama in support of Jones during the special election in December 2017.
According to BLP, Project Birmingham used thousands of social media bots to “radicalize Democrats, suppress unpersuadable Republicans (“hard Rs”) and faction moderate Republicans by advocating for write-in candidates.”
“This fraud and interference was evident during the 2017 U.S. senate election when tens of thousands of Russian bots were programmed to follow the Republican candidate on Twitter to make it appear as if his campaign was being backed by the Russians,” Alabama Republican State Rep. Andrew Sorrell told BLP.
Back in 2018, Hoffman was forced to apologize for his hand in the electoral interference.
“I find the tactics that have been recently reported highly disturbing. For that reason, I am embarrassed by my failure to track AET – the organization I did support – more diligently as it made its own decisions to perhaps fund projects that I would reject,” he said.
Conveniently enough, Hoffman was never subject to any punishment for his role in the Roy Moore disinformation campaign, leaving him free to eventually wreak similar havoc in the Iowa caucus.
Will Hoffman or his comrades be held accountable this time? We won’t hold our breath.
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