- Rush Intel Services
After Mondays Caucuses have ended, many new questions are arising as to the security of America's Election System. We are all too familiar with the disaster that was the 2016 election. More specifically, Russia’s attempt to sway our minds through the use of Social Media via the company Cambridge Analytica. But now we are in 2020 and we are much wiser as to the manufactured consent that is created by outside forces, or are we? If anything, Mondays Iowa’s Caucus have shown us that we are just as venerable to election fraud as we ever were. An app was designed and built for the IDP by political tech firm “Shadow”. An investigation shows there are many interesting things about Shadow. First and foremost is that it failed to accurately report voter results. Furthermore, the company was started by Hillary Clinton and Buttigieg had paid Shadow a large sum of money for its use. “$63,000. That’s how much the IDP paid Shadow to develop the app, according to the Wall Street Journal. Other Democratic candidates have also used Shadow for campaign work. According to Federal Election Commission filings, Buttigieg paid Shadow $42,500 for “software rights and subscriptions.” Both Joe Biden and former contender Kirsten Gillibrand paid Shadow for campaign work—$1,225 and $37,400, respectively. Reminder: This is the second snafu for the Iowa caucus. Saturday night’s Des Moines Register/CNN poll results were withheld after Buttigieg’s campaign complained his name was left off a telephone survey earlier in the week. And the Washington Post said that the 2016 IDP caucus results between Hillary Clinton and Sanders were not announced for hours, with Clinton finally emerging the victor with a half of a percentage point in her favor. “ (https://www.forbes.com/sites/lisettevoytko/2020/02/04/heres-everything-we-know-about-the-app-that-reportedly-disrupted-the-iowa-caucus/#2ca1f7f23303) If anything all this evidence of collusion may be suspect, however, it raises larger questions about who else is involved in the development and implementation of such election apps. If outside companies are designing such apps and use outside investors with their best interest at heart, who is to say that these companies could not through such an election. As a country maybe we are so busy being focused on other countries hacking our election system rather than looking in our own back yard. These scenarios may bring up similarities such as foreign terrorism vs. domestic terrorism, or foreign campaign meddling vs. domestic campaign meddling, however, it is important for us to keep those in power in check, to ensure the integrity of our election system, no matter what side of the aisle we are all on. We hope the investigation continues in an unbiased and transparent manner.