A government watchdog group accused controversial political advisory firm Cambridge Analytica on Monday of violating US voting rights by restricting foreign nationals to work, including supporting Trump's presidential campaign.
"Almost all foreign-occupied companies paid more than $ 5 million to work for Donald Trump's presidential campaigns and [Texas Republican senator] Ted Cruz and millions of dollars more for other He campaigns and Super PACs [political action committees] including the John Bolton Super PAC and Make America Number 1, "Common Cause said in a statement.
Trump last W och appointed Bolton, a former United States Ambassador to the United Nations, as its new national security advisor replacing HR McMaster.
Cambridge Analytica has been under fire since March 17, when the New York Times published a story reporting that as of 2014, the London-based company will share private information from the Facebook profiles of more than 50 million users without theirs Permission. It said, quoted former Cambridge employees, staff and documents, saying it was one of the biggest data leaks in social network history. The Observer published a similar expose.
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In addition to allegations of violation of campaign funding, Common Cause says in its DOJ appeal that some US citizens are using Cambridge Analytica and its Customers – including the Trump campaign and the John Bolton Super PAC – "could have supported and supported foreign national crimes against the US, conspiring to commit US crimes and / or attempted to commit crimes against the US The US Criminal Code. "
" We are a nation of laws and our campaign finance laws must be enforced by the FEC and the Department of Justice to protect the integrity of our elections from foreign interference, "said President Karen Hobert Flynn
These companies and individuals ignored the law, enriching themselves by verbalizing millions of dollars work for candidates and committees and then boasted about the effectiveness of their US election activities.
Common Cause said there was reason to believe that the election laws of Alexander Nix, the suspended CEO of Cambridge Analytica and the SCL Group, as well as of SCL founder Nigel Oakes, Deputy CEO of Cambridge Analytica Alexander Tayler and Christopher Wylie , the former company employee who represented a key source for the history of The Times
Cambridge Analytica had no immediate comments on the complaints.
The Department of Justice also had no immediate comment
A spokesman for the Federal Election Commission expressed in a e-mailed e-mail statement: "A provision of the federal campaign finance law requires that any action by the commission be kept strictly confidential until the case is resolved"
Common Cause cited the Times article earlier this month in which a warning to Cambridge Analytica from the American Re Consultant Lauren was presented in 2014 to Leve. Levy told the firm its agreement to employ SCL in its campaign contracts could violate American law if Nix withdraws from the "substantial administration" of customers with US elections and American citizens do most of the work.
Common Cause accuses the companies pushing this warning aside.
"It contradicts the belief that even after their own lawyer warned them that they would violate the ban on conducting certain election activities in US elections, they did anyway," said Paul S. Ryan, Cause Vice Political and Litigation President
"A comprehensive investigation must be conducted, and if Cambridge Analytica and its employees in fact repeatedly violate our laws, a fine must be imposed to prevent similar violations of the law in the future."