The Cambridge Analytica scandal is more pervasive than we thought:
"We weren't just working on messaging. We were instructing campaigns on which messages go where and to who." Wylie said that his largely foreign team instructed the Tillis campaign "on the messaging. We crafted his messaging, we targeted his messaging."
He said he couldn't recall any American Cambridge employees working on the Tillis campaign. "There were three or four full-time CA staffers embedded in Tillis's campaign on the ground in Raleigh. All of them were foreign nationals." A second former senior Cambridge staffer also said that most of the messaging team in 2014 was composed of foreign nationals. The staffer confirmed that there were foreign embeds in Raleigh on the Tillis campaign.
This story gets uglier by the minute. A foreign firm unethically (if not illegally) harvests Facebook user information, in order to form "psychographic" profiles, and then deploys foreign nationals to use that data to swing U.S. elections. And they knew it was not only wrong but legally questionable before they even did it:
As first reported by the New York Times, attorney Lawrence Levy of Bracewell & Giuliani sent a memo to Bannon, conservative megadonor Rebekah Mercer and Cambridge founder Andrew Nix that said Nix would have to be "recused from substantive management of any such clients involved in U.S. elections" because Nix is not a U.S. national.
The memo from former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani's law firm, obtained by NBC News, also says that foreign nationals could collect and process data, but "may not play strategic roles including the giving of strategic advice to candidates, campaigns, political parties or independent expenditure committees."
It also advises that "final analysis of said data should be conducted by U.S. citizens and conveyed to any U.S. clients by such citizens."
Both the Mercers and Steve Bannon believe they are above the law, which is why they casually ignored this warning. We need to prove them wrong on that assumption.