Fri Feb 14, 2020, 04:48 PM

Bloomberg Camp Denies Funding of Flawed Iowa Voting App

File this under “Things that make you go Hmmmm”.


Bloomberg Camp Denies Funding of Flawed Iowa Voting App

Add Michael Bloomberg to the list of presidential campaigns and Democratic Party entities distancing themselves from the Iowa vote-tabulation app debacle despite financial links to its creators.


Questions remain about the voting app’s funding and creation and exactly which well-connected Democrats are involved and to what extent.

Spokespersons for Buttigieg and Joe Biden have said their campaigns did not help fund the app. Their denials came after critics, including top Sanders’ surrogates, asserted that Shadow Inc., the company that created the app, received tens of thousands of dollars last year from both of their campaigns.

Shadow is owned by the digital consultancy firm Acronym, whose founder and CEO, Tara McGowan, worked for Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign and previously served as the digital director for NextGen America, a progressive organization founded by presidential candidate Tom Steyer.


The Buttigieg and Biden campaigns explained that their payments to Shadow did not provide funding for the vote-tabulation app, but instead went for use of Shadow’s text messaging technology designed to rack up $1 donations in order to meet donor thresholds for debate qualification.

Now the Bloomberg campaign is denying any role in funding Shadow, even though the Bloomberg Family Foundation contributed nearly $9 million since 2015 to the liberal dark-money group New Ventures Fund, according to the Bloomberg philanthropy’s 990 forms, which the IRS requires all tax-exempt organizations to file.


The New Venture Fund is one of a number of nonprofits controlled by Arabella Advisors —a Washington-based group of liberal sister nonprofits that has been criticized by conservative groups for “blurring the lines between philanthropy and political advocacy.” The groups were all founded by Eric Kessler, who worked in the Clinton administration and served as a member of the now-defunct Clinton Global Initiative.

The Capital Research Center, a conservative watchdog, issued a report last year casting Arabella as a “hydra-like” network that raked in $582 million in 2017 while benefiting from tax laws allowing it to keep many of its donors undisclosed.

After the Iowa voting problems, several news outlets reported that Clinton and Obama campaign veterans serve in senior roles at Shadow. In the days since the caucuses fiasco, scrutiny has widened to include the money trail between Shadow and a constellation of dark-money liberal groups.



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Fri Feb 14, 2020, 09:57 PM

1. The DNC paid next to nothing for what they believed to be a critical piece of their voting

infrastructure and never actually verified it worked beforehand. It doesn't matter if Bloomberg, Buttigieg or Bernie wrote the fucking app themselves, this is all on the DNC. The people who want to "fix" our voting system can't count 200k votes in Iowa in less than a week, and STILL ended up with a system in which one person got more votes but another got more delegates.

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