Election 2016

Here’s Some Actual Collusion

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The Wall Street Journal reported last night that a Republican campaign operative in Florida requested and received data from Russian hackers during the 2016 election.

The Journal identified Aaron Nevins as the recipient of stolen Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) voter analysis data. And there's a possible link to Trump's national campaign.

Learning that hacker “Guccifer 2.0” had tapped into a Democratic committee that helps House candidates, Mr. Nevins wrote to the hacker to say: “Feel free to send any Florida based information.”

Ten days later, Mr. Nevins received 2.5 gigabytes of Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee documents, some of which he posted on a blog called HelloFLA.com that he ran using a pseudonym.

Soon after, the hacker sent a link to the blog article to Roger Stone, a longtime informal adviser to then-candidate Donald Trump, along with Mr. Nevins’ analysis of the hacked data.

To call Roger Stone a "longtime informal adviser" is understating it a bit. Stone has been advising Trump for decades and he had a hand in crafting schemes Trump used while he was just a failing a casino owner.

We already knew Democratic data on Florida had been compromised, and we already knew Roger Stone was in contact with Russian hackers, but this is the first time the stories have been connected and the first time the Republican operative behind the leak has been named.

It strikes me that Russian efforts to influence our electoral processes would not be nearly as effective if Americans weren't so willing to use it against other Americans. And to be clear, it's only Republicans who do this. They would sell out their own family members for a quick victory. Have have done so. They sold our their families and neighbors to defeat liberals who just want to give them healthcare and protect the environment.

  • Draxiar

    I’m tired of hearing the “W” word but it bears stating that there really is no difference between GOP politicians egging on hackers to steal information and the Watergate break in.

  • Badgerite

    People don’t lie to cover up “innocent” contacts.

  • muselet

    I know it’s a cliché, and I know I’ve said it before, but the GOP’s official motto should be Party Before Country.

    –alopecia

  • Aynwrong

    “They sold our their families and neighbors to defeat liberals who just want to give them healthcare and protect the environment.”

    And allow “those people” to vote.

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