We now know that Cambridge Analytica illegally and in violation of privacy agreements hacked private information and monetized it for political and commercial gain. It was recently revealed that one of it’s first clients in the United States was in 2014 when it was hired by Republican Art Robinson in his race for Oregon’s CD-4.
Below is the Cambridge Analytica post election memo on that election. There are some interesting statements and claims made in the report, including:
- In the opinion of CA-SCL, Western Oregon should be considered an essentially risky proposition for funders of Republican/conservative candidates.
- The Oregon Republican Party is severely lacking in human, financial and infrastructural resources and riven by factional infighting. There was little coordination between campaigns, open animosity between staff on the Wehby and Richardson campaigns, and between both of these and Dr Robinson’s supporters.
- Candidate was again endorsed by the Constitution Party, but not the Independent or Libertarian Party as he had been in previous years. This likely cost him several thousand votes which could have narrowed the margin of loss.
- The infighting and backstabbing in the Oregon Republican Party prevented us from being able to recruit many young Republican volunteers. Several volunteers were ‘poached’ by candidates for statewide office.
- In the opinion of CA-SCL, Western Oregon should be considered an essentially risky proposition for funders of Republican/conservative candidates. Evidence from all sources including voters’ party registrations, past electoral results, and modelled partisanship and issue scores indicate that the prospects for future Republican victories in the Western third of Oregon (including CD1, CD3, CD4 and CD5) are dim
READ THE ENTIRE REPORT – IN POWERPOINT Cambridge-SCL-USA-2014-REPORT-1 powerpoint