Shadow: How is Pete Buttigieg involved?

elvis

Oooh. The plot thickens, is there more to come?


Even though caucus results were delayed, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg was triumphant, tweeting early in the morning on Feb. 4 that he was heading "to New Hampshire victorious." Later that day, during an interview with MSNBC, he seemed to temper that announcement, saying that the campaign was reviewing internal numbers and began to realize "something extraordinary had happened." "Here you have a campaign that was really questioned when we got in for whether we even oughta be here, whether we belonged in this race, and to not only establish that, but to reach the position that we did was a clear victory for our campaign," he said.


On social media, some users started to speculate that what they interpreted as a victory announcement was a sign of corruption. Conspiracy theories began to spread that the election had been rigged in Buttigieg’s favor because of his connection to Shadow...Buttigieg’s campaign, Pete for America, Inc., paid Shadow $42,500 for "software rights and subscriptions." Sean Savett, a spokesman for the campaign, told PolitiFact that they contracted with Shadow for text messaging services to help them contact voters. It was "totally unrelated" to the app Shadow built for the caucuses, he said; Buttigieg’s campaign wasn’t involved in the app’s development...


The New York Times reported that the Iowa Democratic Party was secretive about using the app, and that it asked that Shadow’s name be withheld from the public. "According to a person familiar with the app, its creators had repeatedly questioned the need to keep it secret, especially from the Iowa precincts where it would be used." On its website, Acronym’s claims it "helped elect 65 progressive candidates across the country with new tech and digital-first strategies to register and turn out voters." Its founder, McGowan, has voiced support for Buttigieg, tweeting "Mayor Pete is running" with heart-eye emojis in January 2019.

https://www.politifact.com/article/2020/feb/04/what-we-know-about-shadow-acronym-and-iowa-caucuse/

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Nana H

Don the tin foil hats

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Jonnygun(zone 7)

Russians obviously...

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foodonastump

Shadow, shadow, shadow!

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mrskjun(9)

I'm sure he was reassured by the DNC that Bernie is just along for the ride.

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elvis

But skeptics in the Democratic Party are unsure why Shadow or Courier Newsroom are being run as separate, for-profit companies, which shields them from even the minimal transparency that ACRONYM is subject to. When ACRONYM files mandatory tax disclosures, it must reveal top employees’ salaries and payments to its biggest consultants, and provide assurances that the ACRONYM empire’s different arms aren’t paying the same people multiple salaries — basic assurances to the nonprofit’s donors.

“Everything may be perfectly above board here. Then again, it may not be,” said nonprofit attorney Marcus Owens, a partner at Loeb & Loeb. For example, a nonprofit like ACRONYM may want to maintain a for-profit company so it can offer shares in the company to top employees, Owens said. It will be possible to discern some more information about ACRONYM’s relationship with the companies when more tax filings for the group are publicly available, Owens said.

Kyle Tharp, spokesman for ACRONYM, did not answer questions POLITICO posed about ACRONYM’s structure.

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/02/05/angry-democrats-unload-operative-over-iowa-caucus-results-110807

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Kathy

Everything may be perfectly above board here.

Sign of a smear.

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nancy_in_venice_ca Sunset 24 z10

Buttigieg, with the candlestick, in the dining room.


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Joaniepoanie

Hmmmm....Pete may have won the Iowa Caucus......so is Trump going after him now? Getting impeached over Biden may have been in vain? Love it!

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margaritadina

I was surprised to read that Pete announced his victory while the app was still broken.

The only way to find out is to forget the app and count paper votes. Of course, it will depend on WHO is counting, because recently Obama said that Bernie is an undesirable candidate to win.

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Kathy

I hope it leads to paper votes. That would be a desirable outcome.

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Stan Areted

Pete and Jussie?

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foodonastump

Where are we at right now, .1% difference last I heard. Wonder what channel lurker was watching.


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Toby

On social media, some users started to speculate that what they
interpreted as a victory announcement was a sign of corruption.
Conspiracy theories began to spread......

Wonder who's behind that.

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queenmargo

Iowa is just a throw away now. What a shame.

Not sure anyone will believe the results now with such a "shadow" it has cast over all the candidates. This is kind of a win for Old Joe, if you think about it.

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Toby

Iowa as an indicator of who Dems want as president shouldn't have the importance it's been given just because they go first.

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Stan Areted

Poor Joe-- Nancy ruined the plan.

All these facts about Biden, Hunter and Burisma that were brought to light from the SHAM IMPEACHMENT coupled with Joe's own flubs makes him a loser boy.


Scramble Scramble Bernie is it!

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