New documents from a former Cambridge Analytica insider reveal what an election watchdog group claims was illegal coordination between Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and a billionaire-funded pro-Trump super PAC.…
Cambridge Analytica violated election law by ignoring its own written firewall policy, blurring lines between work created for Trump’s 2016 campaign & the Make America Number 1 super PAC, according to updated complaint the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center filed Friday with FEC
The complaint also alleges that Cambridge Analytica — which improperly acquired and used 87 million Facebook users’ profiles to predict their behavior — had a shared project calendar for both Trump’s 2016 campaign and the Make America Number 1 super PAC, among other evidence.
“Cambridge Analytica not only misused people’s personal data, but it was a conduit for the wealthy family that owned it to unlawfully support the Trump campaign in 2016.”
The super PAC created a plethora of “crooked Hillary” memes that circulated widely on social media, and was financed largely by conservative billionaire Robert Mercer, who also founded, owned and managed Cambridge Analytica.
Kellyanne Conway led an earlier incarnation of the PAC when it supported Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz before she resigned to advise Trump’s 2016 campaign.
Cambridge Analytica used info it gained from working with Trump’s campaign to dev & target ads for the super PAC supporting his candidacy, “constituting unreported in-kind contributions to Donald J. Trump for President, Inc in the form of coordinated communications.”
Sept 2016 email from a Cambridge senior vice president, announced some of the PAC’s ads against Clinton that the Cambridge official says were produced by “our production partner” Glittering Steel, which then-CEO of the Trump campaign Bannon had a financial stake in.
The documents offer a rare window into how Cambridge collected vast troves of data about likely voters.…
“Cambridge Analytica’s strategy with every new client they had was that the database grew smarter, because it would have more data from the campaigns they ran,”

“They would erase the data, but they would keep all the learning they derived target people more precisely.”
Some officials, like Conway and former Cambridge vice president Bannon, went on to play senior roles in the Trump administration.

Other people whose names appear in the emails have worked for organizations supporting Trump’s reelection bid.
They include Matt Oczkowski, Cambridge’s ex-head of product whose company HuMn Behavior has been paid at least $180,000 by the Trump 2020 campaign, and Brad Parscale, the 2016 campaign’s digital director who until July managed Trump’s reelection campaign.
In one email, Oczkowski briefed colleagues on his efforts to win business from the National Rifle Association to work on its ‘Trigger the Vote’ campaign with Washington-based PR firm The Herald Group.
Documents show projects related to “Trigger The Vote” appear to have netted Cambridge work valued at $855,000 by early 2017.
There are few details about the work, but Kaiser, who was involved in the negotiations, said Cambridge ingested data from the NRA and the National Shooting Sports Foundation into its system to build models that helped GOP candidates predict what would succeed with gun owners.
Cambridge ran over 4k ad campaigns for the Trump campaign that generated more than “1.4 billion impressions,” with “persuasion ads” leading to a 3% increase in “average favorability” and get-out-the-vote ads yielding a 2% increase in voting absentee, (post-election presentation)
The same presentation identified some voters as ripe for “deterrence.”

Last week, however, the United Kingdom’s Information Commissioner called Cambridge’s predictive analytics exaggerated and ineffective.
In another document, Make America Number 1 took credit for Trump’s surprise win in Michigan.
“We did work other groups and individuals were unwilling to do in defeating Hillary Clinton,”

“Looking forward to the 2018 and 2020 elections, MAN1 still serves a purpose by collecting & refining data for use advancing policy & directly advocating for or against candidates.”
While Cambridge assured Facebook that the data they held was deleted, Kaiser wonders who controls the models they built, and how they are being used today.
“The idea was that all that data would help any of the Republican candidates they were campaigning for,” she said.

“Now the question is, what happened to that data?”
Via @HindsightFiles

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