Quantcast
Connect with us

Bannon oversaw Cambridge Analytica’s 2014 effort to collect Facebook data on millions of Americans: report

Published

on

Former chief White House strategist Steve Bannon led Cambridge Analytica’s efforts to collect Facebook data on millions of Americans, a former company employee told the Washington Post.

According to whistleblower Chris Wylie, Bannon—who helped launch the controversial data collection firm—was “deeply involved in the company’s strategy and approved spending nearly $1 million to acquire data, including Facebook profiles, in 2014,” the Post reports.

ADVERTISEMENT

Wylie told the Post Bannon and billionaire donor Rebekah Mercer both participated in circa-2014 conference calls during which the company’s plans to collect troves of data on Facebook users were discussed.

Bannon “approved the data-collection scheme we were proposing,” Wylie told the Post. The former Breitbart executive chairman would later receive “more than $125,000 in consulting fees from Cambridge Analytica” and an ownership stake in the company worth “between $1 million and $5 million,” the Post repots.

As Wylie previously told CNN, Cambridge Analytica began testing slogans like “drain the swamp” and “deep state” in 2014, as a part of a voter persuasion effort championed by Bannon. Bannon would go on to become a top adviser to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign—which built its message around many of the same messages Cambridge Analytica helped define.


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Fresno Bee burns Nunes to the ground in scathing editorial

Published

on

The editorial board of the Fresno Bee has written a scathing takedown of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) for his extraordinary fealty to President Donald Trump, which the editors say is harming the country.

Specifically, the editorial accuses Nunes of forsaking his oath of office as a congressman to serve as Trump's most loyal toady on the House Intelligence Committee.

"As has been true for nearly all of Trump’s first term, Nunes has relinquished his proper role as an independent representative of Congress and has instead acted like a member of the Trump 2020 re-election team," the editorial states.

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Republicans blundered badly as their own impeachment expert witness wrecked their defenses of Trump: columnist

Published

on

Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee pinned their hopes on George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley, their sole expert witness on the panel at the hearing on Wednesday, to discredit the impeachment probe into President Donald Trump.

But as anti-Trump conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin wrote for the Washington Post, even Turley's testimony ended up damaging the GOP more than Democrats, because he undercut one of the GOP's most solid narratives in defense of the president: that trying to extort Ukraine with military aid would not be impeachable even if it was proven.

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

‘Dirty’ Jared Kushner should be targeted if GOP makes impeachment trial about Bidens: strategist

Published

on

President Donald Trump has signaled that he wants Senate Republicans to turn his impeachment trial around on Democrats by actually making it a trial of the Biden family.

The president on Thursday signaled that he wants former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, to testify at his impeachment trial in an effort to make the trial less about his own misconduct and more about purported misconduct by the Democrats.

However, Democratic strategist Simon Rosenberg on Thursday proposed a plan to counter this kind of misdirection: Going after Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, whose shady dealings with world leaders have so far escaped significant scrutiny.

Continue Reading