aside Cambridge Analytica And John Bolton Are Major News Items With A Connection/ Legal Awareness

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CHRISTOPHER WYLIE

It is now a fact that the Cambridge Analytica executives which included the likes of Steve Bannon, Rebekah Mercer and Alexander Nix were warned in 2014 that if they continued to get involved with US politics while maintaining their current practices, that they would be acting against US elections’ laws. The irony is that it was the republican President Donald Trump’s friend and ally, Rudy Giuliani who provided them with this information via his law firm.

Guess what else happened in 2014? The newly hired president’s National Security Adviser John Bolton used CA’s services in 2014 to effectively target potential voters in a marketing campaign for the elections of Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Tom Tillis of North Carolina in their bids to become US Senator. Both were victorious.

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On March 23, 2018, Elizabeth Preza of RawStory penned the following report,  “Bannon, Mercer and Nix ‘were warned’ during campaign that Cambridge Analytica’s practices may violate US law: whistleblower”

Excerpts:

“Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie on Thursday (3/22/18) alleged that during the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump’s former chief campaign strategist Steve Bannon, billionaire Republican donor Rebekah Mercer and Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix were warned that the company’s actions may violate American law.”

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“MSNBC host Ari Melber asked Wylie if he had knowledge of warnings sent to Cambridge Analytica during his time at the company.”

“Wylie told Melber. “Rudy Giuliani’s law firm actually sent us a memo to Steve Bannon, Rebekah Mercer and Alexander Nix that actually outlined the fact that, in the United States, you can’t run campaigns with foreign citizens who are not permanent residents.”

“The company was warned that Alexander Nix should recuse himself of substantive management duties in the company as CEO and they are also warned that the company shouldn’t be sending foreign citizens to go and run American campaigns,” Wylie said. “But that was completely disregarded.”

“Melber asked Wylie to confirm that he was alleging “Giuliani’s law firm warned the people you named during the campaign, and your view is they ignored those warning?”

“They did, they completely disregarded it,” Wylie replied. “And I have the memo to prove it.”

“The next day, 23rd of March 2018, the MSNBC host Ari Melber announced on his TV show, “The Beat” that he had received a copy of the memo.”

The John Bolton Super PAC first hired Cambridge Analytica in August 2014 while it was still harvesting Facebook data. Credit Brendan Smialowski/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

On March 23, 2018, Matthew Rosenberg of the New York Times penned the following report,  “Bolton Was Early Beneficiary of Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook Data”

“The political action committee founded by John R. Bolton, President Trump’s incoming national security adviser, was one of the earliest customers of Cambridge Analytica, which it hired to develop psychological profiles of voters with data harvested from tens of millions of Facebook profiles, according to former Cambridge employees and company documents.”

“Mr. Bolton’s political committee, known as The John Bolton Super PAC, first hired Cambridge in August 2014, months after the political data firm was founded and while it was still harvesting the Facebook data.”

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“In the two years that followed, Mr. Bolton’s super PAC spent nearly $1.2 million primarily for “survey research,” which is a term that campaigns use for polling, according to campaign finance records.”

“But the contract between the political action committee and Cambridge, a copy of which was obtained by The New York Times, offers more detail on just what Mr. Bolton was buying. The contract broadly describes the services to be delivered by Cambridge as “behavioral microtargeting with psychographic messaging.”

“To do that work, Cambridge used Facebook data, according to the documents and 2 former employees familiar with the work.”

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“Cambridge Analytica, which rose to prominence through its work with Mr. Trump’s 2016 election campaign, has found itself confronting a deepening crisis since reports this past weekend in The New York Times and The Observer of London that the firm had harvested the data from more than 50 million Facebook profiles in its bid to develop techniques for predicting the behavior of individual American voters.”

“Cambridge’s so-called psychographic modeling techniques, which were built in part with the data harvested from Facebook, underpinned its work for Mr. Trump’s campaign in 2016, setting off a furious — and still unsettled — debate about whether the firm’s technology worked. The same techniques were also the focus of its work for Mr. Bolton’s super PAC.”

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“The Bolton PAC was obsessed with how America was becoming limp wristed and spineless and it wanted research and messaging for national security issues,” Mr. Wylie said.

“That really meant making people more militaristic in their worldview,” he added. “That’s what they said they wanted, anyway.”

“Using the psychographic models, Cambridge helped design concepts for advertisements for candidates supported by Mr. Bolton’s PAC, including the 2014 campaign of Thom Tillis, the Republican senator from North Carolina, according to Mr. Wylie and another former employee, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid being dragged into the investigations that now appear to be engulfing Cambridge.”

“One advertisement, a video that was posted on YouTube, was aimed at people who scored high for conscientiousness, and were thought to respect hard work and experience. It emphasized Mr. Bolton’s time working for Ronald Reagan and how Mr. Tillis embodied the spirit and political ethos of the late president.”

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SENATOR THOM TILLIS

“Beyond their conservative politics, Mr. Trump, Mr. Bolton and Cambridge Analytica all share a patron — the Mercer family of Long Island, whose patriarch, Robert L. Mercer, made a fortune at the helm of a top-yielding hedge fund.” Cambridge Analytica, which grew out of the London-based SCL Group, was founded in 2014 with a $15 million investment from Mr. Mercer, whose daughter Rebekah sits on the firm’s board of directors. Stephen K. Bannon was also a co-founder.”

“At the same time, Mr. Mercer was financially supporting Mr. Bolton’s PAC, donating $5 million between April 2014 and September 2016, according to Federal Election Commission filings. The Mercers also backed Mr. Trump in the presidential election.”

“The reports have prompted calls from lawmakers in Britain and the United States for renewed scrutiny of Facebook, and at least two American state prosecutors have said they are looking into the misuse of data by Cambridge Analytica.”

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“The company also suspended its chief executive, Alexander Nix, after a television broadcast this week in which he was recorded suggesting that the company had used seduction and bribery to entrap politicians and influence foreign elections.”

“But it is the harvesting of Facebook data that has cast the harshest spotlight on Cambridge, and Mr. Bolton’s experience with the company appears to have provided a model for how it sold itself to future political campaigns, including Mr. Trump’s.”

“The firm took the psychographic profiles it was building off the Facebook data at the time and combined them with voter databases and other sets of data. Staff from SCL’s elections division, which through a convoluted corporate structure was interchangeable with Cambridge, discussed what they were doing at a meeting in July 2014 with another contractor for the Bolton PAC, according to an agenda of the meeting obtained by The Times.”

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“The profiles would be used to “identify the personality traits of individuals” in states to be targeted by the Bolton PAC, said the agenda, which was prepared for SCL and Cambridge staff. “Individuals can be targeted with the right message,” it said.”

“The agenda also included a line, in boldfaced text, that said SCL wanted to use voter contact lists available to Bolton’s campaign to direct people “toward the FB app.” Cambridge, working through an outside researcher, used a Facebook app to harvest data from the social network’s profiles. The app claimed to be collecting data for academic research, and users were not aware of its true purpose.”

“Months later, the relationship between Cambridge and the Bolton PAC had grown so close that the firm was writing up talking points for Mr. Bolton. In an email dated Oct. 1, 2014, Cambridge staff outlined a few sentences that Mr. Bolton could use to describe the work the new firm was doing for his super PAC.”

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JOHN BOLTON

“It’s not just about how much you spend. It’s also about how smart you spend,” the email advised Mr. Bolton to say.”

“One way we’re doing that is by enlisting an outside firm” — Cambridge Analytica — “to provide deepdive research into who makes up our audience of target voters,” it continued. “We are producing ads specifically designed for voters of a certain personality and demographic profile. So if you’re a young woman in New Hampshire with a specific kind of personality and a particular set of issues that you care about, our research allows us to connect with that voter in a way that truly resonates with her.”

The subject line of the email: “Did Bannon come back to you on this?”

18 comments

  1. Gday Gronda, indeed a brave new world. Early on (dt) used the term “fake news” that in itself is so interesting as it provides a new paradigm, it raises the issue of “what is real” all of a sudden, the papers or TV news we once took as gospel is able to be “faked” or called so, this new paradigm is more relevant to millenials than say post war (2) generations. It challenges a few major News corporations who previously (selectively) programmed their audience. But this applies to two generations that have grown up in a “social media” world that since around 1984 has grown exponentially and now the entreprenures have algorithms where once one needed the URL to get to where you wanted to go, now the algorithm is the chooser of our line of thinking. Besides the fact that ALL governments sift the metadata anyway. (national security, terror, etc). The people that really NEED to read your outstanding journalism, will never or rarely get there without a concerted effort. The people who really NEED to read your work, may not be inclined to try to find alternative views or enlightened persistence towards not so much “truths” but a Humane and considered telling of simply how it is. I personally respect your efforts very much.
    *most of the entreprenures are millenials! (?) forgive my spelling.
    HUGS mate.

    • Dear Gary J,

      Always, thanks for your kind words. My children are of the Millennial generation. They are what gives me hope for the future.

      I don’t use Facebook except to publish my posts but both my children say I should. I keep resisting. After all I do blog, use twitter and I do text.

      But you do sound like my son. He pushed me into using what I do use but now he claims that I should do podcasts. I have never looked/ seen a podcast.

      You all of this younger generation are blessed to have gown up with this social media. Now you need to save the world.

      Hugs Mate, Gronda

  2. Gronda, good post. Two things, one specific, one general. Tillis denies he got much help from them, but I recall specifically when his Senate election turned, as Senator Kay Hagan said she missed a few committee meetings for fund raising, a true confession that is likely universal. Tillis seized that moment and won. Cambridge bragged they helped in that regard.

    The general comment is data mining social media is like shooting fish in a barrel whether it is retailers, Cambridge or the Russians. A tech reporter said the following truism – Facebook is not going to do a damn thing, unless they change to a subscription model. They make money selling your data for advertising. They were told to tighten up in 2011 and largely did nothing. Keith

    • Dear Keith,

      I see nothing wrong by changing Facebook to a subscription service if that is what it takes to protect us from the likes of Cambridge Analytica.

      Facebook needs to be regulated as the higher ups have proven themselves to be untrustworthy. It’s a matter of how much and there needs to be major fines charged for infractions.

      The company has been given several chances to do the right thing. They blew it.

      Senator Tillis and NC Republicans paid $345,000 to CA. According to FEC filings, Mr. Tillis’ campaign committee itself paid the firm $10,000 on Oct. 21, 2014, and $20,000 on Nov. 6, 2014. It made four payments of $25,000 throughout 2015 to Cambridge Analytica. The payments were for “microtargeting.” That sounds like a lot of money to me.

      Hugs, Gronda

  3. Just when you think the web cannot become any more tangled, the waters any murkier … Good information, Gronda … I hadn’t dug so deeply into this, so I thank you for the enlightenment! I think we all need to exercise extreme caution in the information we share on social media these days. The people of this country have been manipulated in the worst sort of way. Hugs!

    • Dear Jill,

      Is there one thing that President Trump did that wasn’t contrived, shady or downright wrong? He attracts the worst of the worst. If he recommended someone or an entity that would be a warning for me.

      Yes, if someone foolishly shares something that is TMI, that person could end up with major regrets.

      And we have to be mindful that we are being used, so that we can consciously choose not to be used.

      How? When it comes to elections, we can decide to go out to vote no matter what, by doing our homework on the candidates and by referring to more than one source.

      Thanks a million times over for all of your support and for this reblog.

      Hugs, Gronda

      • No, Donald Trump has never once in his entire life put somebody else before himself, has never acted out of compassion for another, and never done the right thing just because it was the right thing.

        We can only be used and manipulated if we allow it. Sadly, many are not well-versed in how to avoid it, and thus become pansies, easy to pick, and they can bring the rest of us along for the ride.

        You and I have our work cut out for the next 8 months, making sure we highlight both the good and the bad candidates, enlighten people, and … AND … convince them of the importance of their vote. My fear is that with all the evidence that our 2016 election was mostly a sham, people will be more discouraged than ever from voting.

        Hugs!!!

        • Jill made an excellent point, younger generation like myself has become disillusioned with our highly manipulated so-called election process. We are not offered viable, credible or honest candidates… please tell us, why should we vote? Many of my age group became conscientious objectors and boycotted this sham election. For christ sake, choosing between Donald and Hillary? Really??? Voting for either one felt like making a deal with the devil! We’re all paying for it, one way or another.

    • Dear Ravenhawks Magazine,

      This story does have legs. Above, I’ve added a link regarding a recent 7 hour UK raid by its law enforcement officers into the offices of CA.

      You are so welcome.

      Hugs, Gronda

  4. Reblogged this on Filosofa's Word and commented:
    Just when you thought you had heard it all, when you thought the tangled web of the 2016 presidential election couldn’t possibly have any new strands, along comes a whole new set of strands with more knots than a sailor’s rope. I have had neither the time nor the energy to delve into all the dirty dealings of Cambridge Analytica, but our friend Gronda has done an excellent job of it, so I am sharing her very informative post with you. We all need to be aware of the many ways in which we were manipulated two years ago, for the results are proving disastrous. Thank you, Gronda, for this excellent and very informative post!

  5. Maybe i’m just grasping at straws, perhaps SC Mueller can use this additional info against Trump’s campaign for election interference? If Trump was actually aware of CA’s illegal services, then Trump was complicit by association?

    At the very least, Mueller should subpoena Mr Bolton, Bannon, Nix, Mercer and whoever else implicated for additional questioning… they may turn over Trump! Like I said, it’s a longshot, but Mueller is desperately running out of time, he needs something to work with!

    • Dear 1EarthUnited,

      The trouble with predicting what Mr. Mueller is up to, is mission impossible. He runs a tight ship where there are no leaks coming from his side.

      What I do know, is that he has the premiere experts on computer and financial forensics working on his team. Mr. Mueller has his plan, whatever it is.

      Unless President Trump is clean, he is going down. There are so many threads to check out, that the problem isn’t that there isn’t anything to find but that he has to wade trough several piles of manure to find what he needs to establish an air tight case.

      Hugs, Gronda

        • Dear Earthy:

          You and King Donnie along with most of the GOP wish that Mr. Mueller would hurry up and release the results of his investigation. In doing so at this point would allow them time to mount a counter attack to any bad news he announced allowing them to possibly save their position in this years elections. I would think that anyone that actually wanted to see justice served and an air tight case presented would be willing to wait until the investigation had run its course. The chance that King Donnie will either be impeached or charged with a serious crime is not high, if for no other reason it would not bode well for our system of government. I think we will only be given the truthful facts and allowed to do the judging of King Donnie and his cartel on election day.

        • Hi Crusty,

          As much as I would love to see King Donnie impeached, odds are slim that the powers that be would allow that to happen. I’ve seen it with Hillary getting away with murder, so long as she serves the puppetmasters pulling her strings, same goes for Trump.

          As far as partisan politics go, really a dog and pony show for the masses, I would concur that Mueller should release the results of his investigation as close to midterm elections for maximum impact. It’s too early to say whether this announcement would have swayed voters one way or another.

          And like you said, even if the Trumpster gets impeached, it’s still a lose/ lose when Mike Pence takes office. Armchair quarterbacks like us won’t make a bit of difference as far as opinions go. Besides, history has never been determined by the unwitting masses, more so by those with some skin in the game. But you and I both know who really pull the strings behind the scene, regardless of who’s in office. 😉

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