Former key staffers of Cambridge Analytica have quietly begun working on Trump's re-election
Key employees of the now-defunct Cambridge Analytica—a Steve Bannon-backed firm that stole data from nearly 90 million Facebook users in 2016—have made a stealthy transition to working on Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election. The AP writes:
… at least four former Cambridge Analytica employees are affiliated with Data Propria, a new company specializing in voter and consumer targeting work similar to Cambridge Analytica’s efforts before its collapse. The company’s former head of product, Matt Oczkowski, leads the new firm, which also includes Cambridge Analytica’s former chief data scientist.
Oczkowski denied a link to the Trump campaign, but acknowledged that his new firm has agreed to do 2018 campaign work for the Republican National Committee.
The AP learned of Data Propria’s role in Trump’s re-election effort as a result of conversations held with political contacts and prospective clients in recent weeks by Oczkowski and Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, Brad Parscale. […] Both Oczkowski and Parscale told the AP that no Trump re-election work by Data Propria had been planned, but confirmed that Parscale had helped Data Propria line up a successful bid on 2018 midterm polling-related work for the RNC, awarded earlier this week.
Parscale is also a partial owner of the firm’s parent company.