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Something was bugging me about the September '16 hack of the DNC analytics (beyond that it would give an opponent much of what they'd need to figure out who to target & with what).

What was it? A couple weeks later, the Trump campaign abruptly & massively shifted their ad buys.
It's not uncommon for a candidate to make some changes wrt advertising targets in the final weeks of a campaign, but in my experience a ~25% shift because you've suddenly identified "new battlegrounds" is...not typical (this was Trump's senior comms adviser).
Maggie Haberman and others wondered at the time (after Miller & the Trump campaign said the shift was "data driven") what data would drive so large a shift, so late, out of rural areas and into bigger markets with populous suburbs.

Maybe now we know.
Trump advertised in Wisconsin the next week for the first time in the general election cycle.…
Coincidence? Maybe, but we know:

-Russia hacked DNC analytics sometime in Sept
-Early Oct, Trump campaign abruptly redirected their ad spending, claimed changes were "data driven"
-New ad investments were heavily in states that narrowly handed Trump the electoral college

Plenty of valid criticism about how the Clinton campaign handled WI/MI/PA, but indications of softening support don’t necessarily mean “in danger,” and resulting decisions would have been made without knowing the opposing campaign might have their data
Another oddly-timed strategic maneuver in light of the analytics hack, executed by both Russia and the Trump campaign:
Not drawing firm conclusions here (correlation of course doesn't imply causation!) but I thought in light of the new information in the indictment, the timing of the strategic changes in the Trump campaign were at least worth pointing out.
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