Civics: Former Google Chair’s Data Firm on Payroll of Top Dem Presidential Campaigns

Joe Schoffstall:

It was announced in April that Civis Analytics would be working on behalf of Joe Biden’s presidential campaign to help the former vice president connect with younger voters and small donors. On June 14, Biden’s campaign paid $32,000 to Civis for technology services, filings show.

Civis, however, is not performing work solely for the Biden campaign. The Schmidt-backed group appears on the campaign payroll of nearly every top Democrat seeking to oust President Donald Trump from office.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D., Mass.) presidential campaign committee has paid $51,255.29 to Civis for research consulting. Sen. Cory Booker’s campaign disbursed $47,000 to the data firm for software between March and late April.

In addition to Biden, Warren, and Booker, Sen. Kamala Harris’s presidential campaign paid Civis $24,000 for an analytics platform. Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I., Vt.) campaign spent $18,000 on research from the firm. Other Democratic candidates, such as Beto O’Rourke and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.), have also tapped Civis for its services this election cycle.

The firm has also collected payments this year from America Votes Action Fund, a nonprofit that bills itself as the “coordination hub” of the progressive movement; Fair Fight, a group started by failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams; NextGen Climate Action, founded by Democratic presidential candidate and billionaire Tom Steyer; the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee; and the Democratic National Committee, among others.

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