Connecting Russia, Trump and Facebook: Brad Parscale

Congressional probes are homing in on connections between Brad Parscale, Facebook & Twitter. Brad Parscale seemingly came from nowhere. He initially worked on a website for the Trump organization and was paid $1,500. Then he made a website for Melania Trump, and one for Eric Trump. After that, Donald Trump apparently had unlimited faith in his abilities, and paid him approximately $90 million for 18 months of work creating/placing ads on social-media – mostly Facebook. Facebook doesn’t check the accuracy or veracity or even the origins of the ads it runs, so the Trump campaign was able to get away with an unprecedented ad campaign. Parscale’s operation on Facebook was huge: they tested 40-60k Facebook ads/day. They would start the day with 70 ads per target for states such as Florida, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. The operation would then buy new ads based on the success of the prior ads. At their peak, the Pascale operations were running 200,000 unique ads for Trump on social media.

All this caught the eye of special prosecutor Robert Mueller, who has not yet talked to Mr. Parscale, but plans to in the future. Don’t we all wish Mr. Mueller would hurry up and finish his investigation? We also wish the Senate and Congressional investigations would get busy and determine what happened in the 2016 election. The following is from the story on the Washington Post:

Now, lawmakers and Mr. Mueller want to know what role activity on Facebook and Twitter played in the election interference, and whether any Russian social-media activity was connected to the Trump campaign. Facebook has estimated that 10 million people saw ads on its website that were paid for by Russia. Mr. Mueller received copies of Russia-backed Facebook ads last month.

“This was a data crime that occurred, carried out at least by Russia, possibly with cooperation with Trump campaign officials, so any Trump campaign official that worked on data, I think, would be relevant to talk to,” said Rep. Eric Swalwell (D., Calif.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee.

Spokesmen for Facebook and Twitter have said they are looking to bolster transparency and toughen safeguards against improper use of their platforms.

Facebook is set to participate in public hearings on Nov. 1 held by the House and Senate Intelligence committees. Twitter and Google will take part in the Senate hearing.”

And Golden Boy Jared Kushner was deeply involved. If so, indictments should be coming soon. How can they not be?

“Overseeing his efforts was Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law who now serves as a senior White House adviser. Mr. Kushner was interviewed by the Senate Intelligence Committee in July. Mr. Kushner has denied colluding with Russia.

A person familiar with the effort said Mr. Kushner wasn’t involved in the day-to-day work of running digital advertising. Instead, Mr. Parscale would keep him apprised of the budget and of which voters the campaign was planning to target, the person said.”

“This was a data crime that occurred, carried out at least by Russia, possibly with cooperation with Trump campaign officials, so any Trump campaign official that worked on data, I think, would be relevant to talk to,” said Rep. Eric Swalwell (D., Calif.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee.

This is a hugely important story and at the heart of the collusion crimes allegedly (and probably) committed by the Trump campaign. Read more at the Washington Post.