Liberal LinkedIn co-founder apologizes for funding group who tried linking Republican candidate to Kremlin
Reid Hoffman, the super rich billionaire liberal who co-founded LinkedIn, has issued an apology for funding a group who tried to give the impression that the Kremlin/Russian government was supporting Republican Roy Moore, the Alabama senate candidate who ran against Doug Jones, who is now the Senator of Alabama.
Hoffman is loaded with cash and well-known as a very generous donor in Silicon Valley when it comes to handing money over to Democratic campaigns and PACs. In fact, he reportedly donated $7 million to Democrats and he dumps money into what's being called "non-traditional" groups who aren't even mandated to report their funding. These are groups who probably (taking a guess here) funnel the money back to the places who are required to report their funding, but don't want to look bad.
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So basically, if you want to take money from a big donor, but are worried that the public will not like it, then you have it donated to one of these random generic groups who then slips you a few bucks under the door. Maybe they leave it under your mattress or slide a briefcase of bills under the table at a diner.
Fox News stated that "one such groups is American Engagement Technologies (AET), a firm run by former Obama appointee Mikey Dickerson, which received $750,000 from Hoffman and was part of the effort to falsely portray the Republican’s senate bid as being supported by the Kremlin."
“I find the tactics that have been recently reported highly disturbing. For that reason, I am embarrassed by my failure to track AET – the organization I did support – more diligently as it made its own decisions to perhaps fund projects that I would reject,” he said in a statement provided to the Washington Post.
“I want to be unequivocal: there is absolutely no place in our democracy for manipulating facts or using falsehoods to gain political advantage,” he added.
Hoffman stated that AET facilitated a "secret project" with a budget of at least $100,000. Jonathon Morgan was reportedly a participating in the project and the chief executive of "New Knowledge" - "a firm that wrote a report – released by the Senate Intelligence Committee earlier this month – about Russia’s social media operations in the 2016 election and its efforts to hurt Hillary Clinton and help Donald Trump."
Morgan denied the project was intended to influence the election. The Democrat candidate won by only 22,000 votes. Morgan stated, "I did not participate in any campaign to influence the public," which sounds like 100% nonsense to anyone with half of a brain. Of course, that's my opinion.
But that's not all. There's more and it gets worse.
The report on Fox News states that Democratic operatives mass created thousands of fake Russian bot accounts on Twitter who followed Moore. That got the attention from the media who then basically made it seem like Russia was supporting Moore. They see a guy with all these Russian followers, not realizing they were fake, and painting a picture that Moore and Russia were basically best friends. Not true. In fact, I fully believe that any media outlet who might have suggested Moore and Russia were in bed together knew for a fact that the fake accounts were fake. You can usually tell when the account is fake. It looks new, generic, the names don't make sense, and the replies are always generic. It's so obvious, but you know how the mainstream media is - a lot of them don't care and hate anyone who's not a Democrat.
The project also involved creating a Facebook page and imitated conservative Alabamians who weren’t satisfied with the Republican candidate while encouraging others to write in another candidate.
The disinformation campaign was first revealed by the New York Times that obtained an internal report detailing the efforts.
“We orchestrated an elaborate ‘false flag’ operation that planted the idea that the Moore campaign was amplified on social media by a Russian botnet,” the internal report said.
Are you kidding me? So the same people who complain and act like Trump and Putin are in bed together are the same people who are actually making the fake Russian accounts?
Let's say that again, nice and clear.
DEMOCRATS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR FAKE RUSSIAN ACCOUNTS ON TWITTER WHO TARGETED REPUBLICAN ROY MOORE.
There you go, job well done, now everyone can go fuck themselves.
Every time a story like this comes out, I want Trump's wall to be ten bricks higher.