Donald Trump and the GOP have hired former officials from Cambridge Analytica to consult on the upcoming 2018 mid-term elections and Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign.
The Associated Press on Friday confirmed that at least four previous CA employees are now running a political consulting firm following the company’s takedown following a massive global Facebook user privacy scandal.
The company, associated with Data Propria, specializes in voter and consumer targeting and operates similarly to Cambridge Analytica before its collapse. The company is led by former head of product, Matt Oczkowski. Also onboard is Cambridge Analytica’s former chief data scientist.
While Oczkowski has denied a link to the Trump campaign, he told The AP his company has agreed to do 2018 campaign work for the Republican National Committee.
Two AP reporters overheard Oczkowski claim he was working on Trump’s 2020 campaign, a fact he continues to deny.
An anonymous source with ties to Cambridge Analytica says work is already underway on Trump’s 2020 campaign. He also claimed to be “laser-focused” on the 2018 campaign with plans to jump over and help Trump following that engagement.
Cambridge Analytica was caught stealing private user data from more than 87 million Facebook users. It was later revealed on hidden video that the company’s CEO and other employees were engaging in various illegal and immoral acts that breached even the most strenuous of political ethics regulations.
Cambridge Analytica filed for bankruptcy in May 2018 and claimed to be “ceasing all operations,” which no longer seems to be the case.
This is a good time to remind our readers that any information being spread by the GOP during the 2018 and 2020 election cycles may be the work of Cambridge Analytics former employees and should never be taken at face value. Keep in mind the man behind CA’s technology, Christopher Wylie, admitted to building “Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare mindf**k” tool.