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Thread: Cambridge Analytica - the dark money-go-round. (Trump, Brexit, etc.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete! View Post
    She's been amazing, I hope she does win.
    She missed out on The Eye's Paul Foot award but has just bagged The Orwell Prize.

    Maybe for once, someone will call me "Sir" without adding, "You're making a scene."

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    News quietly published during the England game last night:



    BBC News: Vote Leave broke electoral law, Electoral Commission expected to say

    Crucially, the draft report is said to claim there was coordination between Vote Leave and a smaller campaign, BeLeave, which received a donation of more than £600,000 in the closing weeks of the referendum, after advice from the Vote Leave director Dominic Cummings.
    That's Dominic Cummings who deleted his Twitter some months ago as questions started to become uncomfortable, who has refused to appear before the DCMS committee (that Banks and Wigmore sat for last month), who is being referred to to privileges committee who may find him in contempt of Parliament.

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    All the dots connecting: Wendy Siegelman/Medium

    In addition to gold deals, the New York Times reported that Povarenkin offered Arron Banks a deal with Russian diamond company Alrosa. Although Banks said he did not pursue the deal, a few weeks after the June 2016 Brexit vote, Banks’ business partner Jim Mellon invested in Alrosa through his company Charlemagne Capital.

    The Guardian reported that the 2016 Alrosa deal followed an earlier, 2013 deal, Jim Mellon’s company Charlemagne Capital participated in with Alrosa. New reporting reveals that Charlemagne was part of a consortium of companies organized in 2013 by the Russian Direct Investment Fund run by Kirill Dmitriev.

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    Arron Banks and Jim Mellon have been business partners for a decade since they bought Manx Financial Group together, where Mellon is the chairman and, as of June 2018, Banks is the largest shareholder — owning 29% of the shares.

    Manx Financial owns several subsidiaries including Conister Bank based in the Isle of Man, where Arron Banks is also the majority shareholder.

    Mellon reportedly introduced Arron Banks to Nigel Farage and donated between £50,000 to £100,000 to support Brexit. However, as a resident of the Isle of Man which is not part of the UK, Mellon was not eligible to vote for the Brexit referendum. Arron Banks was the largest Brexit funder, and reportedly gave £12 million in cash, loans and services to pro-Brexit causes.

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    Not 100% yet, but looking likely that Cambridge Analytica was one of the pies Maria Butina had her fingers in, and was almost certainly fostering links with the Mercers: Wendy Siegelman again on Medium.

    Michigan GOP operative Saul Anuzis said in a Washington Post article that he had met Maria Butina a handful of times. Anuzis has served on the NRA Board’s Public Affairs committee since 2012, a group Butina would have been likely to interact with.

    Anuzis has some significant connections to Cambridge Analytica. In 2014 he set up a PAC funded by Robert Mercer, the largest funder of Cambridge Analytica. In 2015 while Anuzis was working on the Cruz campaign, his son Matas started working at Cambridge Analytica as a project manager on the Cruz campaign. In 2016 Cambridge Analytica worked on the “Trigger the vote” campaign for the NRA. And Saul’s son Matas continued to work at Cambridge Analytica until they closed in April 2018.
    On October 27, 2017 Senator Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Cambridge Analytica related to the firing of James Comey, improper influence in law enforcement investigations and Russian interference in the 2016 elections. Senator Feinstein requested information on communications Cambridge Analytica had with various people, including Maria Butina, Alexander Torshin, and Paul Erickson. Rick Clay and Johnny Yenason, also cited in the letter, had been involved with trying to coordinate a meeting for Alexander Torshin with candidate Trump.

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    Arron Banks referred to National Crime Agency
    Leave campaigner Arron Banks has been referred to the National Crime Agency by the Electoral Commission after an investigation into funding for Leave.EU's 2016 EU referendum campaign.

    Mr Banks has consistently denied any wrongdoing in connection to the referendum.

    More to follow...
    Enjoying Carole's twitters today!
    Maybe for once, someone will call me "Sir" without adding, "You're making a scene."

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    Facebook spooked after MPs seize documents for privacy breach probe
    British MPs have made unprecedented use of Parliamentary powers to send a serjeant at arms to the hotel where the boss of a US software biz was staying to seize potentially damaging documents on Facebook.

    The cache allegedly shows internal messages – including from Mark Zuckerberg – that demonstrate the social network actively exploited a loophole in its policies on access to users' friends' data that allowed Cambridge Analytica to walk away with info on 87 million people.

    The decision to seize the documents marks a major escalation in what was, until now, mostly a war of words between the parties. Zuck has flatly refused MPs' requests that he give evidence in their inquiry.

    The chairman of the much-snubbed Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Damian Collins, said the group had taken the extraordinary step because it had thus far "failed to get answers" from the firm directly.

    The MPs took advantage of a rarely used Parliamentary mechanism to compel Ted Kramer, boss of app-making biz Six4Three, to hand over documents – filed under seal with a US court – during a trip to London this month.

    According to The Guardian, a serjeant at arms was sent to his hotel with a final warning and a two-hour deadline – after which Kramer was reportedly escorted to Parliament and threatened with fines or prison time if he didn't comply.
    I'm the one who knocks


    Still no sign of Zuck at the parliamentary inquiry.
    Last edited by beanstew; 11-27-2018 at 01:36 PM.
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    Are we posting general anti-fb stuff here? Cause it's been a week for them.



    Plus there was something about fb ads targeting black voters to basically discourage them from voting Hillary this week.

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