The smoking gun is a memorandum attached to an Oct. 26, 2014 email sent from Robby Mook now Clinton’s campaign manager. The memorandum was sent to Cheryl Mills (Hillary Clinton’s former chief of staff, who was granted an immunity deal in exchange for their cooperation in the FBI’s investigation into Hillary’s use of a private email server as Secretary of State), David Plouffe (Barack Obama’s previous campaign manager) and John Podesta (Clinton’s current campaign chairman). It was Podesta’s email account that was hacked providing us a peek inside Hillaryland.
The memorandum, addressed to Hillary, was written by Teddy Goff six months before Hillary announced her candidacy for president. Goff is now a digital strategist for the Clinton campaign and was the former digital director for Obama’s reelection campaign is an eye opener suggesting that Facebook and Apple might also be working to rig the election for Hillary:
Working relationships with Google, Facebook, Apple, and other technology companies were important to us in 2012 and should be even more important to you in 2016, given their still-ascendent positions in the culture. These partnerships can bring a range of benefits to a campaign, from access to talent and prospective donors to early knowledge of beta products and invitations to participate in pilot programs. We have begun having discreet conversations with some of these companies to get a sense of their priorities for the coming cycle, but would encourage you, as soon as your technology leadership is in place, to initiate more formal discussions [emphasis added].
Goff stated that the digital infrastructure they were building was far more advanced than those of any candidates in either political party:
Eric’s team is also developing products that are not, strictly speaking, critical for launch, but would be extremely useful to have as early in the cycle as possible. Chief among these is the system that consolidates data from disparate sources to allow you to develop more complete user profiles and therefore more effective programs. I shared the concern, voiced by many, that the initial scope for these products was overly ambitious and unrealistic; they have since been cut down to a much more manageable size, without sacrificing core functionalities. (Of note, many of the problems that stifled us in 2012 have since been tackled by private companies with whom we have relationships and whose tools we can license rather than attempt to replicate.) I am cautiously optimistic that the most important of these will be completed in time for launch; if they are delayed, I have no reason to believe they will not be ready shortly thereafter, long before potential challengers in either party will have been able to build anything similar.
According to the Free Beacon Article, while the exact Schmidt-backed group is not named within the memo, Schmidt has provided funding to a tech startup called The Groundwork, which is paid by Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Michael Slaby, the former chief integration and innovation officer for the Obama campaign, developed The Groundwork through a company he co-founded called Timshel. Slaby has been tight-lipped about details of its partnership with the Clinton campaign. The group has been paid nearly $600,000 from Hillary for America since its inception.
And we are also reminded that Google was accused of manipulating search results to favor Hillary earlier this year. Accusations that were “debunked” by those not so “nonpartisan” so-called “fact-checkers.”