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App Used In Iowa Debacle Linked To Ex-Hillary Clinton Staffers

The Democrats laid an egg in front of the nation in Iowa last night – we still don’t have the results. This was their big moment and they blew it.
But that is not all the bad news the Dems got last night. Trump’s poll numbers are surging – to the highest point in his presidency according to Gallup.
That is bad news because this race will be tight and if Trump can pick up some Dems and independents, which the poll shows him doing, then it is lights out for the left.
But it gets worse for the Dems – last night turnout was down – they need to see huge voter turnout to win, as Obama did and it did not happen last night. (Related: Rockies, Trevor Story finalize $27.5M, 2-year deal)
If that trend continues, if the Dems get Hillary level turnout they will lose no matter what Trump does because 2020 is all about turnout and Trump’s base will show up.
Speaking of Hillary, would it surprise you to learn that ex-Hillary staffers were behind the app that embarrassed the Dems last night?
From Fox News:
Shadow, a tech firm that describes itself as a group that creates “a permanent advantage for progressive campaigns and causes through technology,” is the company that created the Iowa Democratic Party’s app, according to The New York Times. At least the COO, CEO, CTO and a senior product manager at Shadow all worked for the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, according to LinkedIn profiles.
Shadow is associated with ACRONYM, a nonprofit dedicated to “advancing progressive causes through innovative communications, advertising and organizing programs.” Early last year, ACRONYM announced that it was acquiring an SMS tool called Groundbase and, out of Groundbase, “launching Shadow, a company focused on building the technology infrastructure needed to enable Democrats to run better, more efficient campaigns.”
Groundbase co-founders Krista Davis, who is the current Shadow CTO, and Gerard Niemira, who is the current Shadow CEO, both held senior positions with the Clinton campaign.
 Tara McGowan, the founder and CEO of ACRONYM, posted a statement from an ACRONYM spokesman early Tuesday morning distancing the nonprofit from Shadow, which is a for-profit company. (Related: AP sources: Boston agrees to trade Betts, Price to Dodgers)

 “ACRONYM is a nonprofit organization and not a technology company. As such, we have not provided any technology to the Iowa Democratic Party, Presidential campaigns, or the Democratic National Committee,” spokesman Kyle Tharp said in the statement. “ACRONYM is an investor in several for-profit companies across the progressive media and technology sectors. One of those independent, for-profit companies is Shadow, Inc, which also has other private investors. We are reading confirmed reports of Shadow’s word with the Iowa Democratic Party on Twitter, and we, like everyone else, are eagerly awaiting more information from the Iowa Democratic Party with respect to what happened.”
McGowan is an alumna of Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign and previously worked as a digital director for NexGen America, a progressive organization founded by presidential candidate Tom Steyer. (Related: AP sources: Boston agrees to trade Betts, Price to Dodgers)

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