Update: In our original article, we incorrectly stated that George Soros was the largest single donor to the Super PAC associated with the failed voting app in Iowa. Instead, Soros is, in fact, the largest single donor to the NDRC, the group that funds the Super PAC tied to the failed Iowa caucus voting app.
Yesterday, Kevin Gosztola, the managing editor of Shadowproof. Gosztola discovered that Shadow, Inc., the company behind the phone app that caused delays in reporting the results of the Iowa Democratic caucus is operated by multiple Hillary Clinton campaign veterans.
Gerard Niemira is the CEO of Shadow Inc. In 2015, he was a senior product manager for Hillary Clinton’s campaign, developing tools for field teams to contact voters. And in 2016, he was in charge of the tools used by volunteers.
He worked as an intern for Rep. Eliot Engel in 2005.
Ahna Rao was a special assistant to CTO for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. She worked for Merlon Intelligence, which uses tools to identify money laundering. She also was an intern at USAID for 3 months and an intern for the House Foreign Affairs Committee for 4 months in 2010.
Sarah Chabolla is the director of organizing and client success at Shadow Inc. She was a regional organizing director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign.James Hickey is the COO of Shadow Inc. He was an engineering manager for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and worked for Sprinklr, a “customer experience management” platform. Hickey previously worked as an IT consultant for Bloomberg Philanthropies in 2012-2013.
Krista Davis is the CTO/Chief Architect. She was a staff backend software engineer for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.
According to Yahoo News – The firm has also done business during the 2020 election cycle with Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg’s campaign.
So far, Pete Buttigieg is the projected winner of the Iowa caucuses. Many on social media are accusing the Indianapolis mayor of cheating, as he announced his victory long before any results were shared with the public.
Hillary Clinton campaign veterans are not the only ones who had a hand in the failed app that mysteriously caused the Iowa Caucuses to be thrown into chaos. As it turns out, longtime Hillary Clinton friend and radical, far-left billionaire, George Soros played a huge role in funding the Super PAC associated with the company who created the failed vote reporting app.
According to Sludge – Veterans of the Obama campaigns are launching a $75 million digital ad effort to counter President Donald Trump’s dominance of online advertising and viral misinformation.
Acronym, a “dark money” nonprofit, and its affiliated super PAC, Pacronym, plan to boost Democratic candidates and the party’s image in five 2020 battleground states: Arizona, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
Founded in 2017, Acronym is a 501(c)(4) “social welfare” nonprofit, meaning that it’s not required to disclose its donors, so we don’t know who is providing the $75 million that Acronym plans to spend. And Acronym did not respond Sludge’s multiple attempts to ask about its contributors.
We do, however, know about the funding behind Pacronym, which as a super PAC is required to report its funders to the Federal Election Commission.
In the 2018 election cycle, Pacronym received the bulk of its funding ($2 million) from the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, a political nonprofit led by Obama’s first attorney general, Eric Holder. Acronym and Pacronym were largely focused on state legislative races during that cycle.
Since 2017, the National Democratic Redistricting Committee has received six- or seven-figure amounts from 23 donors, most of whom are unions or corporate executives, according to Sludge’s review of IRS documents. Billionaire hedge fund manager George Soros ($2.6 million) and media executive Fred Eychaner ($1.5 million) sit atop the funders, while unions American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME; $572,000), Air Line Pilots Association PAC ($300,000), and Service Employees International Union COPE ($200,000) have also contributed large sums.
Here’s a screenshot showing a record of the $2.6 million donation by George Soros to the NDRC, who donated funds to Pacronym.
The Hill is reporting that the CEO of the failed app feels “terrible” for the chaos their app created in the Iowa Democrat Caucuses.
As officials in Iowa continued recording caucus results Wednesday morning, Shadow, Inc., CEO Gerard Niemira told Bloomberg News that he was “really disappointed” in the app’s performance on Monday night.
“I’m really disappointed that some of our technology created an issue that made the caucus difficult,” he said, adding: “We feel really terrible about that.”