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How Much Did Trump Pay Cambridge Analytica? Denial Of Data Firms Involvement Doesnt Add Up
 

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Donald Trump’s campaign blatantly downplayed the role data firm Cambridge Analytics played in helping the president win last year and even ignored the campaign’s own boasts following the election after the firm was linked to a collusion effort with Russians.

Earlier this week, it was reported Cambridge Analytica’s top executive Alexander Nix directly reached out to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in an effort to get Democrat Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 missing emails, according to The Daily Beast.

WikiLeaks had been accused of receiving the damning Democratic National Committee emails from Russia, which posed another avenue for the president’s critics to lambast him with accusations of collusion with the Russians to secure the Oval Office.

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Assange later confirmed Nix’s overture – made prior to Election Day last year – on Twitter but stated that WikiLeaks turned him down.

Michael Glassner, the executive director of Trump’s campaign, issued a statement to CNN that declared the Republican National Committee was solely responsible for the campaign’s analytics.

“Once President Trump secured the nomination in 2016, one of the most important decisions we made was to partner with the Republican National Committee on data analytics,” he said. “Leading into the election, the R.N.C. had invested in the most sophisticated data-targeting program in modern American history, which helped secure our victory in the fall. We were proud to have worked with the R.N.C. and its data experts and relied on them as our main source for data analytics.”

Glassner also flatly denied any other source played as crucial a role in data analysis when he added: “Any claims that voter data from any other source played a key role in the victory are false.”

The money trail and Kushner’s and Cambridge Analytics’ statements explain otherwise.

CEO of Cambridge Analytica Alexander Nix speaks at the 2016 Concordia Summit – Day 1 at Grand Hyatt New York on September 19, 2016 in New York City. Getty Images/Bryan Bedder

Indeed, the Trump campaign paid the UK-based firm backed by billionaire and heavy political donor Robert Mercer millions during the home stretch of the 2016 run, and following Trump’s victory current White House senior adviser and husband to Trump’s eldest daughter Jared Kushner thoroughly explained the operation and how much the campaign relied on it.

Cambridge Analytica also chimed in with a glowing statement touting its efforts in the campaign.

Firstly, the campaign money trail clearly showed Cambridge Analytica received big bucks from Donald Trump for President, the campaign’s main finance hub. Starting with an initial payment of $100,000 in July 2016, the firm took in more than $5.9 million in five payments total, including $5 million paid out in September 2016, according to FEC records.

The five expenditure descriptions from the Trump campaign’s FEC filings list the payments made for data management or data management services.

Fourteen days after the election in November, Kushner then adorned the cover of Forbes magazine and expounded on the data analytics program he headed up. He specifically said the work was meant to “complement the RNC’s data hub.”

“After the primary, we started ramping up because we knew that doing a national campaign is different than doing a primary campaign,” Kushner told Forbes. “That was when we formalized the system because we had to ramp up for digital fundraising. We brought in Cambridge Analytica. I called some of my friends from Silicon Valley who were some of the best digital marketers in the world. And I asked them how to scale this stuff. Doing it state by state is not that hard. But scaling is a very, very hard thing. They gave me a lot of their subcontractors and I built in Austin a data hub that would complement the RNC’s data hub. ”

Even before Kushner’s comments, Cambridge Analytica’s top executive, Alexander Nix, boasted of his firm’s work for Trump. One day after Trump won.

“We are thrilled that our revolutionary approach to data-driven communications played such an integral part in President-election Donald Trump’s extraordinary win,” Nix said as part of a company statement.

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Washington • Donald Trump’s presidential campaign relied on more hands-on help from tech firms during the 2016 election than previously thought, using teams from Facebook, Twitter and others as almost entrenched political operatives, a new study by a University of Utah professor and a colleague found.

While social media and other tech companies routinely work with large advertisers, including political campaigns, the study shows that Trump’s team looked at the Silicon Valley employees as almost its own in pushing its online strategy to woo voters. Hillary Clinton’s campaign built its own digital effort and didn’t rely on the tech companies help to the same degree.

“These firms had some of their staffers working inside the Trump campaign digital offices during the general election,” said one of the study’s authors, Shannon McGregor, an assistant professor at the U.’s Department of Communication. “This was something that was much more routine than we had known before. This was offered to all campaigns, but it was unequally taken up. The Trump campaign, relatively as compared to the Clinton campaign, was understaffed and made much greater use of these staffers than the folks on the Clinton campaign.”

McGregor, who wrote the study with Daniel Kreiss, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, says the findings have raised concerns about whether the help offered the campaigns could be construed as in-kind contributions from corporations and whether new laws are needed to make public such efforts.

The peer-reviewed study, published Thursday in the journal Political Communication, relied on interviews with the Silicon Valley liaisons to the Trump and Clinton campaigns as well as other would-be White House hopefuls.

“What we found in the course of these interviews is that these technology firms offer this digital subsidies, basically, to campaigns,” McGregor said. “It goes beyond just trying to facilitate ad buys. [It includes] shaping the conversation through this sort of close collaboration.”

That included helping to target voters and form campaign messaging.

“Facebook, Twitter and Google go beyond promoting their services and facilitating digital advertising buys, actively shaping campaign communication through their close collaboration with political staffers,” the study reported. “We show how representatives at these firms serve as quasi-digital consultants to campaigns, shaping digital strategy, content and execution.”

Trump’s digital director, Brad Parscale, had hinted at such an effort during an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” earlier this month, saying he had sought out the help from tech companies.

“I wanna know everything you would tell Hillary’s campaign plus some,” he told the news program. “And I want your people here to teach me how to use it.”

Adam Sharp, Twitter’s head of news, government and elections through the end of 2016, said that he believes Parscale’s interpretation of how the help from tech companies worked is an “exaggeration.”

“Ultimately, my understanding is that every company offered equivalent services to each campaign and the campaigns can choose how much or how little of that support they wish to utilize,” Sharp said in an interview, noting that such services have been provided to presidential campaigns since many of the companies were founded.

He noted that because campaigns can choose how much help they get, it can create “optical challenges” but defended the outreach as a boon to candidates and their ability to communicate with potential voters.

“More broadly, I believe that anything that brings candidates and elected officials closer to their constituents, making them more available for direct interaction and direct questioning by the voters is a good thing,” Sharp said. “And I think all the companies in creating these teams to reach out to candidates and bring them into the conversation, to bring them out of the comfort of the TV studios into a space where they can have this direct interaction with users is potentially a positive thing for the democratic process.”

A Facebook spokesman said Thursday the company offers all candidates and interest groups “equal levels of support, no matter their political affiliation.”

“It’s up them to decide how much help they want,” the representative said. “But this is key: The campaigns make their own strategic decisions about how to use Facebook’s platform.”

That extends to guidance on how to use the social media site, the representative noted, as well as addressing technical issues and advertising.

McGregor says the research into the tech companies’ assistance with the campaigns shows the firms have built “basically a partisan structure,” hiring former Republican and Democratic campaign aides to help boost relationships with current challengers in a way that goes far beyond a tech company soliciting ad buys.

She added the advent of social media and technology in political campaigns has opened a whole new field of political research that needs to be done to show the public just how modern efforts to sway voters are operating.

“One of the most important takeaways is that this is just the beginning,” she said. “There needs to be more examination about this, given this is quite routine.”

Here’s How Facebook Actually Won Trump the Presidency
 

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Mark Zuckerberg is trying hard to convince voters that Facebook had no nefarious role in this election. But according to President-elect Donald Trump’s digital director Brad Parscale, the social media giant was massively influential—not because it was tipping the scales with fake news, but because it helped generate the bulk of the campaign’s $250 million in online fundraising.

“Our biggest incubator that allowed us to generate that money was Facebook,” says Parscale, who has been working for the campaign since before Trump officially announced his candidacy a year and a half ago. Over the course of the election cycle, Trump’s campaign funneled $90 million to Parscale’s San Antonio-based firm, most of which went toward digital advertising. And Parscale says more of that ad money went to Facebook than to any other platform.

‘Facebook and Twitter were the reason we won this thing.’

Brad Parscale

“Facebook and Twitter were the reason we won this thing,” he says. “Twitter for Mr. Trump. And Facebook for fundraising.”

In the wake of Trump’s stunning upset last week, media analysts have worked feverishly to figure out how social media may have altered the outcome of this election. They—and we—have pointed to online echo chambers and the proliferation of fake news as the building blocks of Trump’s victory. But the answer may be much simpler. Of course Facebook was hugely influential in the presidential election, in large part because Trump’s campaign embraced Facebook as a key advertising channel in a way that no presidential campaign has before—not even Clinton’s.

“I think the Trump campaign did that extremely well,” says Andrew Bleeker, president of Bully Pulpit Interactive, which helped lead Hillary Clinton’s digital marketing efforts. “They spent a higher percentage of their spending on digital than we did.”

Changing Minds Where It Mattered

Throughout the last year-and-a-half, stories about the imbalance between Clinton’s ad spending compared to Trump’s proliferated. They noted how Clinton spent more than $200 million on television ads in the final months of the election while Trump spent less than half that. Because Trump wasn’t spending as much on television all along, it seemed like his team wasn’t investing in changing anyone’s minds. But they were: they were just doing it online.

“The big takeaway was using digital in a digital-first way,” says Matt Lira, a Republican digital strategist and senior advisor to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. “It was the main course. It wasn’t leftovers.”

Facebook proved to be a powerful way for Trump’s team to hone the campaign’s message with the kind of enormous sample sizes you can’t get with traditional polling. “They have an advantage of a platform that has users that are conditioned to click and engage and give you feedback,” says Gary Coby, director of advertising at the Republican National Committee, who worked on Trump’s campaign. “Their platform’s built to inform you about what people like and dislike.”

Coby’s team took full advantage of the ability to perform massive tests with its ads. On any given day, Coby says, the campaign was running 40,000 to 50,000 variants of its ads, testing how they performed in different formats, with subtitles and without, and static versus video, among other small differences. On the day of the third presidential debate in October, the team ran 175,000 variations. Coby calls this approach “A/B testing on steroids.” The more variations the team was able to produce, Coby says, the higher the likelihood that its ads would actually be served to Facebook users.

“Every ad network and platform wants to serve the ad that’s going to get the most engagement,” Coby says. “The more you’re testing, the more opportunity you have to find the best setup.”

The Digital Bully Pulpit

Clinton also had a robust digital strategy, investing $30 million in digital ads in the homestretch. Her campaign produced thousands of rapid-response videos and set up a customer service team to help people with their voting questions. But, says Bleeker, “the Trump campaign took to an extreme what we were trying to do on the Hillary campaign.”

The President-elect has shown he can turn a news cycle in 140 characters or less.

Social media was Trump’s primary communication channel. It wasn’t a platform for broadcasting pre-planned messages but for interacting with supporters and starting new conversations—however controversial those conversations often were. Bleeker says one of the biggest lessons he’s learned from this election cycle is that social media is increasingly going to be part of any candidate’s so-called “earned media strategy”—that is, the coverage a candidate gets for free in the press. The President-elect has shown he can turn a news cycle in 140 characters or less; in a recent 60 Minutes interview, he said he plans to continue using Twitter as president.

“He’s going to tell his side of the story from the digital bully pulpit,” Lira says.

Whether fake news did or didn’t affect the election’s outcome, Facebook as a platform did. The winning candidate was not just willing, but eager to break with traditional models of campaigning. His team invested in new ways of using the digital tools and platforms that have come to dominate the media landscape. Anyone who wants to defeat him in the future will have to do the same.

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US President Donald Trump expresses aggressive hostility to all but a handful of political websites or conservative TV personalities who praise him, and labels everything else fake news”, argues New York Times Managing Editor Joseph Kahn.
Mr Kahn delivered the 2017 Andrew Olle Media Lecture at ABC Radio Sydney’s annual black-tie gala dinner on Friday 27 October.
His address centered on the role and future of the media, saying, “the Trump presidency has challenged the news media in ways few of us could have imagined, but also reaffirmed the enduring value of deep reporting and great storytelling for readers everywhere.”
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A huge glowing ball has been spotted during dark hours in various locations across Siberia, Russia. People living hundreds of miles from each other witnessed the impressive, but somewhat scary phenomenon.
Officials later explained the mysterious sighting, but not before speculations reached frenzied proportions. The phenomenon was actually caused by the test launch of Russia’s Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missile.

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The Wikileaks founders astonishing admission should prompt MPs finally to start asking questionsLast Wednesday, 11 months into Donald Trumps new world order, in the first year of normalisation, a sudden unblurring of lines took place. A shift. A door of perception swung open.Because that was the day that the dramatis personae of two separate Trump-Russia scandals smashed headlong into one another. A high-speed news car crash between Cambridge Analytica and Wikileaks, the two organisations that arguably had the most impact on 2016, coming together last week in one head-spinning scoop.

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Palmer Report: Sarah Huckabee Sanders goes full Baghdad Bob as Donald Trumps world collapses around him

Everything in Donald Trump’s world is just fine, even though Special Counsel Robert Mueller is in the process of arresting Trump’s co-conspirators in the Russia scandal, and at least some of them will flip on him. No really, everything is just fine and dandy. Just ask Trump’s White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who is so desperate to create the appearance of everything being fine that she now sounds like Baghdad Bob.That was the nickname given to Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein’s official spokesman, who insisted everything was fine even as the walls were literally falling down around Hussein. At this point the walls are only figuratively caving in on Donald Trump, but Huckabee Sanders is nonetheless out there doing an unintentional comedy routine while trying to insist nothing is wrong.

Here’s a sampling of some of the absurd things she said on Twitter on Saturday, after the news of the impending arrests broke: “The evidence Clinton campaign, DNC & Russia colluded to influence the election is indisputable.” Really? Because there’s no evidence of that whatsoever. “Clinton spokesman just said he’s ‘damn glad’ Clinton campaign colluded w/ Russia to spread disinformation about @POTUS & influence election.” Uh no, that’s a flat out lie about what he said. But this is what she’s been reduced to: coldly and confidently tweeting comical lies as a way of trying to convince everyone and perhaps herself that the Trump administration isn’t about to die on the vine the minute one of Trump’s co-conspirators is seen on television in handcuffs.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump can’t even bring himself to address the indictments and impending arrests. Instead he tweeted this on Saturday about a Broadway play: “While not at all presidential I must point out that the Sloppy Michael Moore Show on Broadway was a TOTAL BOMB and was forced to close. Sad!” Based on the wording, there’s some reason to suspect he didn’t even write the tweet himself.

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Mark Zuckerberg is trying hard to convince voters that Facebook had no nefarious role in this election. But according to President-elect Donald Trump’s digital director Brad Parscale, the social media giant was massively influential—not because it was tipping the scales with fake news, but because it helped generate the bulk of the campaign’s $250 million in online fundraising.

“Our biggest incubator that allowed us to generate that money was Facebook,” says Parscale, who has been working for the campaign since before Trump officially announced his candidacy a year and a half ago. Over the course of the election cycle, Trump’s campaign funneled $90 million to Parscale’s San Antonio-based firm, most of which went toward digital advertising. And Parscale says more of that ad money went to Facebook than to any other platform.

‘Facebook and Twitter were the reason we won this thing.’

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“Facebook and Twitter were the reason we won this thing,” he says. “Twitter for Mr. Trump. And Facebook for fundraising.”

In the wake of Trump’s stunning upset last week, media analysts have worked feverishly to figure out how social media may have altered the outcome of this election. They—and we—have pointed to online echo chambers and the proliferation of fake news as the building blocks of Trump’s victory. But the answer may be much simpler. Of course Facebook was hugely influential in the presidential election, in large part because Trump’s campaign embraced Facebook as a key advertising channel in a way that no presidential campaign has before—not even Clinton’s.

“I think the Trump campaign did that extremely well,” says Andrew Bleeker, president of Bully Pulpit Interactive, which helped lead Hillary Clinton’s digital marketing efforts. “They spent a higher percentage of their spending on digital than we did.”

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Throughout the last year-and-a-half, stories about the imbalance between Clinton’s ad spending compared to Trump’s proliferated. They noted how Clinton spent more than $200 million on television ads in the final months of the election while Trump spent less than half that. Because Trump wasn’t spending as much on television all along, it seemed like his team wasn’t investing in changing anyone’s minds. But they were: they were just doing it online.

“The big takeaway was using digital in a digital-first way,” says Matt Lira, a Republican digital strategist and senior advisor to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. “It was the main course. It wasn’t leftovers.”

Facebook proved to be a powerful way for Trump’s team to hone the campaign’s message with the kind of enormous sample sizes you can’t get with traditional polling. “They have an advantage of a platform that has users that are conditioned to click and engage and give you feedback,” says Gary Coby, director of advertising at the Republican National Committee, who worked on Trump’s campaign. “Their platform’s built to inform you about what people like and dislike.”

Coby’s team took full advantage of the ability to perform massive tests with its ads. On any given day, Coby says, the campaign was running 40,000 to 50,000 variants of its ads, testing how they performed in different formats, with subtitles and without, and static versus video, among other small differences. On the day of the third presidential debate in October, the team ran 175,000 variations. Coby calls this approach “A/B testing on steroids.” The more variations the team was able to produce, Coby says, the higher the likelihood that its ads would actually be served to Facebook users.

“Every ad network and platform wants to serve the ad that’s going to get the most engagement,” Coby says. “The more you’re testing, the more opportunity you have to find the best setup.”

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Clinton also had a robust digital strategy, investing $30 million in digital ads in the homestretch. Her campaign produced thousands of rapid-response videos and set up a customer service team to help people with their voting questions. But, says Bleeker, “the Trump campaign took to an extreme what we were trying to do on the Hillary campaign.”

The President-elect has shown he can turn a news cycle in 140 characters or less.

Social media was Trump’s primary communication channel. It wasn’t a platform for broadcasting pre-planned messages but for interacting with supporters and starting new conversations—however controversial those conversations often were. Bleeker says one of the biggest lessons he’s learned from this election cycle is that social media is increasingly going to be part of any candidate’s so-called “earned media strategy”—that is, the coverage a candidate gets for free in the press. The President-elect has shown he can turn a news cycle in 140 characters or less; in a recent 60 Minutes interview, he said he plans to continue using Twitter as president.

“He’s going to tell his side of the story from the digital bully pulpit,” Lira says.

Whether fake news did or didn’t affect the election’s outcome, Facebook as a platform did. The winning candidate was not just willing, but eager to break with traditional models of campaigning. His team invested in new ways of using the digital tools and platforms that have come to dominate the media landscape. Anyone who wants to defeat him in the future will have to do the same.

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Washington • Donald Trump’s presidential campaign relied on more hands-on help from tech firms during the 2016 election than previously thought, using teams from Facebook, Twitter and others as almost entrenched political operatives, a new study by a University of Utah professor and a colleague found.

While social media and other tech companies routinely work with large advertisers, including political campaigns, the study shows that Trump’s team looked at the Silicon Valley employees as almost its own in pushing its online strategy to woo voters. Hillary Clinton’s campaign built its own digital effort and didn’t rely on the tech companies help to the same degree.

“These firms had some of their staffers working inside the Trump campaign digital offices during the general election,” said one of the study’s authors, Shannon McGregor, an assistant professor at the U.’s Department of Communication. “This was something that was much more routine than we had known before. This was offered to all campaigns, but it was unequally taken up. The Trump campaign, relatively as compared to the Clinton campaign, was understaffed and made much greater use of these staffers than the folks on the Clinton campaign.”

McGregor, who wrote the study with Daniel Kreiss, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, says the findings have raised concerns about whether the help offered the campaigns could be construed as in-kind contributions from corporations and whether new laws are needed to make public such efforts.

The peer-reviewed study, published Thursday in the journal Political Communication, relied on interviews with the Silicon Valley liaisons to the Trump and Clinton campaigns as well as other would-be White House hopefuls.

“What we found in the course of these interviews is that these technology firms offer this digital subsidies, basically, to campaigns,” McGregor said. “It goes beyond just trying to facilitate ad buys. [It includes] shaping the conversation through this sort of close collaboration.”

That included helping to target voters and form campaign messaging.

“Facebook, Twitter and Google go beyond promoting their services and facilitating digital advertising buys, actively shaping campaign communication through their close collaboration with political staffers,” the study reported. “We show how representatives at these firms serve as quasi-digital consultants to campaigns, shaping digital strategy, content and execution.”

Trump’s digital director, Brad Parscale, had hinted at such an effort during an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” earlier this month, saying he had sought out the help from tech companies.

“I wanna know everything you would tell Hillary’s campaign plus some,” he told the news program. “And I want your people here to teach me how to use it.”

Adam Sharp, Twitter’s head of news, government and elections through the end of 2016, said that he believes Parscale’s interpretation of how the help from tech companies worked is an “exaggeration.”

“Ultimately, my understanding is that every company offered equivalent services to each campaign and the campaigns can choose how much or how little of that support they wish to utilize,” Sharp said in an interview, noting that such services have been provided to presidential campaigns since many of the companies were founded.

He noted that because campaigns can choose how much help they get, it can create “optical challenges” but defended the outreach as a boon to candidates and their ability to communicate with potential voters.

“More broadly, I believe that anything that brings candidates and elected officials closer to their constituents, making them more available for direct interaction and direct questioning by the voters is a good thing,” Sharp said. “And I think all the companies in creating these teams to reach out to candidates and bring them into the conversation, to bring them out of the comfort of the TV studios into a space where they can have this direct interaction with users is potentially a positive thing for the democratic process.”

A Facebook spokesman said Thursday the company offers all candidates and interest groups “equal levels of support, no matter their political affiliation.”

“It’s up them to decide how much help they want,” the representative said. “But this is key: The campaigns make their own strategic decisions about how to use Facebook’s platform.”

That extends to guidance on how to use the social media site, the representative noted, as well as addressing technical issues and advertising.

McGregor says the research into the tech companies’ assistance with the campaigns shows the firms have built “basically a partisan structure,” hiring former Republican and Democratic campaign aides to help boost relationships with current challengers in a way that goes far beyond a tech company soliciting ad buys.

She added the advent of social media and technology in political campaigns has opened a whole new field of political research that needs to be done to show the public just how modern efforts to sway voters are operating.

“One of the most important takeaways is that this is just the beginning,” she said. “There needs to be more examination about this, given this is quite routine.”

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Donald Trump’s campaign blatantly downplayed the role data firm Cambridge Analytics played in helping the president win last year and even ignored the campaign’s own boasts following the election after the firm was linked to a collusion effort with Russians.

Earlier this week, it was reported Cambridge Analytica’s top executive Alexander Nix directly reached out to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in an effort to get Democrat Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 missing emails, according to The Daily Beast.

WikiLeaks had been accused of receiving the damning Democratic National Committee emails from Russia, which posed another avenue for the president’s critics to lambast him with accusations of collusion with the Russians to secure the Oval Office.

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Assange later confirmed Nix’s overture – made prior to Election Day last year – on Twitter but stated that WikiLeaks turned him down.

Michael Glassner, the executive director of Trump’s campaign, issued a statement to CNN that declared the Republican National Committee was solely responsible for the campaign’s analytics.

“Once President Trump secured the nomination in 2016, one of the most important decisions we made was to partner with the Republican National Committee on data analytics,” he said. “Leading into the election, the R.N.C. had invested in the most sophisticated data-targeting program in modern American history, which helped secure our victory in the fall. We were proud to have worked with the R.N.C. and its data experts and relied on them as our main source for data analytics.”

Glassner also flatly denied any other source played as crucial a role in data analysis when he added: “Any claims that voter data from any other source played a key role in the victory are false.”

The money trail and Kushner’s and Cambridge Analytics’ statements explain otherwise.

CEO of Cambridge Analytica Alexander Nix speaks at the 2016 Concordia Summit – Day 1 at Grand Hyatt New York on September 19, 2016 in New York City. Getty Images/Bryan Bedder

Indeed, the Trump campaign paid the UK-based firm backed by billionaire and heavy political donor Robert Mercer millions during the home stretch of the 2016 run, and following Trump’s victory current White House senior adviser and husband to Trump’s eldest daughter Jared Kushner thoroughly explained the operation and how much the campaign relied on it.

Cambridge Analytica also chimed in with a glowing statement touting its efforts in the campaign.

Firstly, the campaign money trail clearly showed Cambridge Analytica received big bucks from Donald Trump for President, the campaign’s main finance hub. Starting with an initial payment of $100,000 in July 2016, the firm took in more than $5.9 million in five payments total, including $5 million paid out in September 2016, according to FEC records.

The five expenditure descriptions from the Trump campaign’s FEC filings list the payments made for data management or data management services.

Fourteen days after the election in November, Kushner then adorned the cover of Forbes magazine and expounded on the data analytics program he headed up. He specifically said the work was meant to “complement the RNC’s data hub.”

“After the primary, we started ramping up because we knew that doing a national campaign is different than doing a primary campaign,” Kushner told Forbes. “That was when we formalized the system because we had to ramp up for digital fundraising. We brought in Cambridge Analytica. I called some of my friends from Silicon Valley who were some of the best digital marketers in the world. And I asked them how to scale this stuff. Doing it state by state is not that hard. But scaling is a very, very hard thing. They gave me a lot of their subcontractors and I built in Austin a data hub that would complement the RNC’s data hub. ”

Even before Kushner’s comments, Cambridge Analytica’s top executive, Alexander Nix, boasted of his firm’s work for Trump. One day after Trump won.

“We are thrilled that our revolutionary approach to data-driven communications played such an integral part in President-election Donald Trump’s extraordinary win,” Nix said as part of a company statement.

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And they wanted to show off no, in fact, they had three different sources of polling, one of them was Cambridge Analytica. And not only that, they had a team of Cambridge data scientists embedded in the Trump headquarters in San Diego who were doing  

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Julian Assange confirms Cambridge Analytica sought WikiLeaks’ help
The Guardian
A data-mining firm that worked for Donald Trump’s election campaign made an approach to WikiLeaks, founder Julian Assange said on Wednesday. The statement followed a report in the Daily Beast that Cambridge Analytica chief executive Alexander Nix …
Trump Campaign Distances Itself from Cambridge Analytica After Assange Connection SurfacesVanity Fair
The Trump campaign is scrambling to distance itself from Cambridge Analytica amid Assange-Hillary Clinton email flapBusiness Insider
Trump Campaign Downplays Cambridge Analytica RoleDaily Beast
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Cambridge Analytica used data from Facebook and Politico to help Trump – The Guardian
 

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Cambridge Analytica used data from Facebook and Politico to help Trump
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Cambridge Analytica used its own database and voter information collected from Facebook and news publishers in its effort to help elect Donald Trump, despite a claim by a top campaign official who has downplayed the company’s role in the election.
What Did Cambridge Analytica Really Do for Trump’s Campaign?WIRED
Trump Campaign Distances Itself from Cambridge Analytica After Assange Connection SurfacesVanity Fair
Trump Campaign Downplays Cambridge Analytica RoleDaily Beast
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Top House Dems ask Trump data firms if they communicated with Russians – The Hill
 

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Top House Dems ask Trump data firms if they communicated with Russians
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Their letter comes after The Daily Beast reported Wednesday that the head of Cambridge Analytica, a data analytics firm that worked for Trump’s campaign, reached out to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange about locating Hillary Clinton’s missing emails. 

The newest developments in the Trump-Russia scandal, explained – Vox
 

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The newest developments in the Trump-Russia scandal, explained
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The second is that Cambridge Analytica, a shady British data firm employed by the Trump campaign, asked WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange for help in finding Hillary Clinton’s missing emails. The third bit of news is that Sen. Bob Corker the anti-Trump …
Julian Assange confirms Wikileaks was approached by data firm working for Trump campaignChicago Tribune
Conway confirms Trump wanted FBI informant’s gag order liftedCNN
Trump says Clinton team funding for Russia info ‘a disgrace’Washington Post
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Trump. Cambridge Analytica. WikiLeaks. The connections, explained. – CNN
 

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Trump. Cambridge Analytica. WikiLeaks. The connections, explained.
CNN
This week, a new thread emerged: Multiple sources confirmed to CNN that the chief executive of Cambridge Analytica, Alexander Nix, contacted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in summer 2016 to ask for access to emails from Hillary Clinton’s private …
Report: Mercer Asked Cambridge Analytica to Help Organize Clinton EmailsDaily Beast
How Much Did Trump Pay Cambridge Analytica? Denial Of Data Firm’s Involvement Doesn’t Add UpNewsweek
Cambridge Analytica used data from Facebook and Politico to help TrumpThe Guardian
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First charges filed in Robert Mueller Russia inquiry reports – The Guardian
 

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First charges filed in Robert Mueller Russia inquiry reports
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US intelligence agencies concluded in January that Russia interfered in the election to try to help Trump defeat Clinton through a campaign of hacking and releasing embarrassing emails, and disseminating propaganda via social media. Mueller, a former 
First Charges Filed in US Special Counsel’s Russia Investigation: ReportFortune
First charges filed in Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the Trump campaignTelegraph.co.uk
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