Before Cambridge Analytica was hired by the Donald Trump campaign to run their data operations, the presidential campaign of Ted Cruz (R-TX) paid the data firm nearly $6 million for “voter ID targeting” months after a 2015 report that the data firm illegally harvested the personal information of Facebook users.
“They assured us the claims made in the press were false,” Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier told The Dallas Morning News.
Frazier said the Cruz campaign had a contract with Cambridge Analytica that stipulated “all data used by them were obtained legally, that they would conduct their operations ‘in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations,’ and that they ‘hold all necessary permits, licenses and consents to conduct its operations.’ ”
“The campaign relied upon those representations,” she said.
According to The Dallas Morning News, the Cruz campaign continued collaborating with the firm for six months following a bombshell report that alleged the research firm was using Facebook data it had illicitly received.
The Cruz campaign reportedly paid the research firm $5.8 million between July 2015 and June 2016 for help on “voter ID targeting” and “voter modeling.”
“Ted Cruz will stop at nothing to weasel his way into power, even if it means weaponizing stolen information to manipulate people to like him,” Manny Garcia, the deputy executive director of the Texas Democratic Party, said in a press release. “Cruz’s campaign exploited personal information to create psychological profiles on millions of Americans. All to keep lining the pockets of Cruz’s billionaire super PAC donors — like Robert Mercer, who funded this propaganda machine.”