IOWA CAUCUS CHAOS

No Official Results from Iowa

Concerns about a malfunctioning app used to relay the totals from the caucuses seem to have derailed the reporting of the results of the Iowa caucus.


Multiple articles claimed there were problems with the apps functionality, and production.


From NBC:

"The app is f---ing up," said a senior aide to one of the campaigns, who  asked not to be identified. "Can't trust the numbers coming in."


From the New York Times

"...multiple county chairs said that they were struggling to use the new  app and were experiencing hold delays of up to an hour when calling  into a phone hotline the party has used for decades."


“We found inconsistencies in the reporting of three sets of results,” said Mandy McClure, the spokeswoman [for the Iowa Democratic Party.]



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WILL NEVADA USE THE APP ALSO?

NBC also reporting the app is expected to be used in the Nevada caucus on February 22nd. 


"NBC News previously reported that security experts had expressed some concern about the app. The new  app — which is supposed to be used in the Nevada caucuses on Feb. 22,  as well — first showed signs of trouble earlier in the day, with some precinct leaders and county chairs saying they were unable or unwilling to use it."

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WHO MADE THE APP?

Lee Fang reporting the app was made by the firm Shadow & partially paid for by Buttigieg's campaign

Lee Fang reporting the app was made by the firm Shadow & partially paid for by Buttigieg's campaign

Lee Fang reporting the app was made by the firm Shadow & partially paid for by Buttigieg's campaign

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12:13 AM · Feb 4, 2020 -  @LhFang

OSET saying they had been unable to confirm that

Lee Fang reporting the app was made by the firm Shadow & partially paid for by Buttigieg's campaign

Lee Fang reporting the app was made by the firm Shadow & partially paid for by Buttigieg's campaign

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2:31 AM · Feb 4, 2020 - @OSET

many dems made payments to shadow

Cody Johnston reporting

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"For the curious, Pete's campaign paid Shadow twice for 'software rights and subscriptions', Biden's paid them once for 'text messaging', and Gillibrand's made six payments for 'software'."

2:36 AM · Feb 4, 2020

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who paid for the app?

Why did Lee Fang choose only to show the payments from Buttigieg's campaign? To show this image, they would have needed to cut out the payments from Gillibrand.

12:55 AM · Feb 4, 2020 @LhFang

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12:55 AM · Feb 4, 2020 @LhFang

Huffington Post Confirms the App is Built by Shadow

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  • Huffington Post reported:
  • A tech company affiliated with, and funded by, ACRONYM, a Democratic digital nonprofit group that has rapidly expanded in recent years, was responsible for building the Iowa caucus app that contributed to delays in reporting Monday night’s results in the first vote in the party’s presidential race. Multiple Democratic sources, including one of the presidential campaigns, confirmed the app’s creator. 
  • State campaign finance records indicate the Iowa Democratic Party paid Shadow, a tech company that joined with ACRONYM last year, more than $60,000 for “website development” over two installments in November and December of last year. A Democratic source with knowledge of the process said those payments were for the app that caucus site leaders were supposed to use to upload the results at their locales. 
  • Photo by Charlie Neibergall - AP Images

CHAOS BREeDS CONTENTION

Complaints in Des Moines Precinct 80

Sanders Team Says No to Buttigieg Victory

Complaints in Des Moines Precinct 80

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Buttigieg Declares Victory

Sanders Team Says No to Buttigieg Victory

Complaints in Des Moines Precinct 80

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Sanders Team Says No to Buttigieg Victory

Sanders Team Says No to Buttigieg Victory

Sanders Team Says No to Buttigieg Victory

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  12:45 AM @People4Bernie 

78,000 views 

Sanders Campaign Releases Internal Numbers

Both Campaigns Show Sanders Leading with Buttigieg in 2nd Place

Sanders Team Says No to Buttigieg Victory

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@danielmarans of Huffington Post

Buttigieg Campaign Releases Internal Numbers

Both Campaigns Show Sanders Leading with Buttigieg in 2nd Place

Both Campaigns Show Sanders Leading with Buttigieg in 2nd Place

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@Chelsea_Janes of Washington Post

Both Campaigns Show Sanders Leading with Buttigieg in 2nd Place

Both Campaigns Show Sanders Leading with Buttigieg in 2nd Place

Both Campaigns Show Sanders Leading with Buttigieg in 2nd Place

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Yahoo News reporting "These internal numbers from the candidates’ own teams are questionable and incomplete."

Reporting by Lulu Friesdat, with Suzanne O'Keeffe & Teresa Basey