Eric Schmidt, billionaire chair of Alphabet, Inc. the parent company of Google, led a massive fundraising drive in December for leftist analytics firm Civis Analytics, represented by a law firm that partnered with Justice Department special prosecutor Robert Mueller—raising questions about Mueller’s impartiality in his so-called “Russia probe” into President Donald J. Trump’s campaign.
In March 2014, WilmerHale announced Mueller would join its firm as a partner. Mueller left his position in May after the DOJ appointed him as a special prosecutor to look into alleged “ties” between President Trump’s campaign and Russia.
WilmerHale represented Civis Analytics during a $22 million fundraising drive Schmidt in part led.
“Partner Peter Buckland and Associate Jessica Wade represented Civis in this transaction,” a Dec. 2016 WilmerHale press release read. Mueller was still a WilmerHale partner at the time.
Rather than donating to campaigns themselves, Schmidt invests in start-ups meant to boost Democrats’ voter turnout and collect more and more data on voters. Civis Analytics, which NBC called one the “the best-funded civic startups,” got off the ground thanks to Schmidt and has close ties with the Democratic Party.
And what is Civis Analytics?
“Civis… promises a paradigm that could rescue American politics from confusion. The startup—which works closely with the Democratic Party—didn’t play much of a role during the primaries, but now it intends to help the Democrats wage the most data-intensive campaign in history,” according to a June 2016 Wired article.
Dan Wagner, Civis’ founder, first forayed into politics in 2007 as a volunteer for Barack Obama’s campaign. In 2012, Schmidt met with Wagner and later gave him both a personal loan and a venture capital investment—eventually leading to the founding of Civis.
Why did Civis appeal to Schmidt? Perhaps it was Civis’ mass-spying operation on American voters—which is positively eerie:
In the past, an entire campaign’s data and infrastructure would go poof after Election Day. Now Civis and similar firms are building institutional memory with permanent information storehouses that track America’s 220 million–odd voters across their adult lives, noting everything from magazine subscriptions and student loans to voting history, marital status, Facebook ID, and Twitter handle. Power and clients flow to the firms that can build and maintain the best databases of people’s behavior over time.
Emails released by WikiLeaks reveal Schmidt met with Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, and wanted to be a “head outside advisor.”
“I met with Eric Schmidt tonight,” Podesta wrote to Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook in April 2014. “[H]e’s ready to fund, advise recruit talent, etc.”
All of this raises more questions about Silicon Valley, its ties to the Deep State, and Mueller’s ties with a billionaire Democrat megadonor. Mueller, of course, also staffed his special counsel with Democrat donors.
Stay tuned for more.
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