Russia Linked Facebook Ads Targeted Wisconsin and Michigan
Which in itself is a crime. They’re not supposed to spend a dime in an American campaign. Did they have any American help? If so, then there’s your collusion.
“FACEBOOK’S RUSSIA-LINKED ADS WERE HIGHLY TARGETED: CNN also scoops that some of the Facebook ads paid for by the Russians were highly targeted in Wisconsin and Michigan, both of which Trump won by very tight margins:
Some of the Russian ads appeared highly sophisticated in their targeting of key demographic groups in areas of the states that turned out to be pivotal, two of the sources said. The ads employed a series of divisive messages aimed at breaking through the clutter of campaign ads online … some clearly were geared at swaying public opinion in the most heavily contested battlegrounds.
“Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) says the question is whether this showed a “sophistication … incompatible with not having access to data analytics from the campaign.” That would be the Trump campaign.”
We do know for a fact that Guccifer 2.0 also hacked the DCCC and handed out Dem voter files to Roger Stone, Alan Nevins, and I’m guessing scores of other GOP operatives.
Why do I presume Stone and Nevins were just the tip of the iceberg? Common sense for one thing. This is a party willing to do anything to win who even has said there’s nothing wrong with meeting with Russian intel assets if it gives you dirt on Hillary Clinton.
For another Maggie Habberman basically states as much as fact:
“During the campaign, Guccifer 2.0 used social media to invite individual reporters and Republican operatives to request specific caches of documents.”
“Not long after, reports began circulating that Russia was behind the hacks, and that the materials were being spread as part of a campaign to undercut the candidacy of Mrs. Clinton. Still, that did not stop journalists and Republican operatives from dealing with Guccifer 2.0, and Mr. Stone was hardly alone in having contact with the hackers.”
“A number of Russian-linked Facebook ads specifically targeted Michigan and Wisconsin, two states crucial to Donald Trump’s victory last November, according to four sources with direct knowledge of the situation.”
“Some of the Russian ads appeared highly sophisticated in their targeting of key demographic groups in areas of the states that turned out to be pivotal, two of the sources said. The ads employed a series of divisive messages aimed at breaking through the clutter of campaign ads online, including promoting anti-Muslim messages, sources said.”
“It has been unclear until now exactly which regions of the country were targeted by the ads. And while one source said that a large number of ads appeared in areas of the country that were not heavily contested in the elections, some clearly were geared at swaying public opinion in the most heavily contested battlegrounds.”
“Michigan saw the closest presidential contest in the country — Trump beat Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by about 10,700 votes out of nearly 4.8 million ballots cast. Wisconsin was also one of the tightest states, and Trump won there by only about 22,700 votes. Both states, which Trump carried by less than 1%, were key to his victory in the Electoral College.”
Again, the question is how they were able to target voters in these swing states with such precision.
“The focus on Michigan and Wisconsin also adds more evidence that the Russian group tied to the effort was employing a wide range of tactics potentially aimed at interfering in the election.”
“Facebook previously has acknowledged that about one quarter of the 3,000 Russian-bought ads were targeted to specific geographic locations, without detailing the locations. The company said of the ads that were geographically targeted “more ran in 2015 than 2016.” In all, Facebook estimates the entire Russian effort was seen by 10 million people.”
“Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, told CNN the panel was still assessing the full geographical breakdown of the Russian ads and whether there was any assistance from individuals associated with the Trump campaign.”
“Obviously, we’re looking at any of the targeting of the ads, as well as any targeting of efforts to push out the fake or false news or negative accounts against Hillary Clinton, to see whether they demonstrate a sophistication that would be incompatible with not having access to data analytics from the campaign,” Schiff said Tuesday evening. “At this point, we still don’t know.”
Yes, that’s a big part of Russia’s strategy: foment divisive social issues. They’ve done it in many countries.
“One person with direct knowledge of the matter said that some of the ads were aimed at reaching voters who may be susceptible to anti-Muslim messages, even suggesting that Muslims were a threat to the American way of life. Such messaging could presumably appeal to voters attracted to Trump’s hard-line stance against immigration and calls to ban Muslims from entering the United States.”
“Schiff said that the committee was planning to investigate ads that suggested Muslims supported Clinton, and how those were geared to people who had been searching online for the Muslim Brotherhood and other items to suggest they were critical of Islam.”
“The ads were part of roughly 3,000 that Facebook turned over to congressional investigators this week as part of the multiple Capitol Hill inquiries into Russia meddling in the 2016 elections.”
“CNN reported last week that at least one of the Facebook ads bought by Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign referenced Black Lives Matter and was specifically targeted to reach audiences in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, according to sources with knowledge of the ads.”
Right. In the case of BLM they took both sides. They had ads suggesting BLM is a terrorist group. But at the same time, they had seemingly pro BLM ads that claimed Hillary Clinton was a racist.
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