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WashPost: Cambridge Analytica Sent Foreign Nationals to Work on GOP Campaigns

WashPost: Cambridge Analytica Sent Foreign Nationals to Work on GOP Campaigns
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By    |   Sunday, 25 March 2018 10:52 PM

Former Cambridge Analytica workers say the political data firm sent foreign nationals to work on multiple Republican congressional campaigns in 2014, potentially violating U.S. law, The Washington Post reports.  

The company did so to appeal to U.S. political clients, sending at least 20 non-U.S. citizens to work on legislative and congressional campaigns in Colorado, Oregon and North Carolina. The workers helped the campaigns decide what voters to target and what messages to send, and their tasks included fundraising, media relations, communications and event planning, according to a document describing the firm’s work.

“It’s dirty little secret was that there was no one American involved in it, that it was a de facto foreign agent, working on an American election,” said Christopher Wylie, the former research director at Cambridge Analytica.

Foreign nationals cannot “directly or indirectly participate in the decision-making process” of a political campaign in the U.S. per election regulations, but can play lesser roles. A New York attorney in 2014 explained the restrictions in a memo to CEO Alexander Nix, investors Robert and Rebekah Mercer and former vice president Stephen Bannon.

“We knew that everything was not above board, but we weren’t too concerned about it,” said a former Cambridge Analytica workers who spoke with the Post anonymously. “It was the Wild West. That’s certainly how they carried on in 2014.”

Cambridge Analytica in 2016 was hired by the presidential campaigns of Sen. Ted Cruz and, later, Donald Trump.

Cambridge Analytica is at the center of an international storm over privacy and political manipulation. The firm allegedly improperly used data from some 50 million Facebook users to target voters with ads and political messages.

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Former Cambridge Analytica workers say the political data firm sent foreign nationals to work on multiple Republican congressional campaigns in 2014, potentially violating U.S. law, the Washington Post reports.
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