No, it was not the Russians meddling that gave us someone other than Roy Moore in former Attorney General Jeff Sessions‘ Senate seat. It was an American. A very wealthy, very liberal American. Fox News explains who this man is:
Liberal Silicon Valley billionaire Reid Hoffman issued an apology on Wednesday for funding a group that falsely tried to give an impression the Russian government was supporting Alabama Republican Roy Moore in last year’s Senate election against now-Sen. Doug Jones.
Hoffman, the co-founder of LinkedIn, is one of Silicon Valley’s top donors to the Democratic campaigns and PACs. In the last election cycle, he donated $7 million to Democratic groups, though his money also pours into non-traditional groups that aren’t mandated to report their funding and often operate in the shadows.
One such group is American Engagement Technologies (AET), a firm run by former Obama appointee Mikey Dickerson, which received $750,000 from Hoffman and was part of the effort to falsely portray the Republican’s Senate bid as being supported by the Kremlin.
“I find the tactics that have been recently reported highly disturbing. For that reason, I am embarrassed by my failure to track AET – the organization I did support – more diligently as it made its own decisions to perhaps fund projects that I would reject,” he said in a statement provided to the Washington Post.
“I want to be unequivocal: there is absolutely no place in our democracy for manipulating facts or using falsehoods to gain political advantage,” he added.
[banging head against the desk] REPUBLIC. We live in a REPUBLIC.
The Democrats are calling this a “disinformation campaign,” the establishment of thousands of bots on Twitter and other social media platforms that followed Judge Moore and then began to trash him online for all and sundry to see. And then they blamed the effort on Russia.
The disinformation campaign was first revealed by the New York Times that obtained an internal report detailing the efforts.
“We orchestrated an elaborate ‘false flag’ operation that planted the idea that the Moore campaign was amplified on social media by a Russian botnet,” the internal report said.
Isn’t that special.
That particular special election in Alabama resulted in Doug Jones beating out Judge Moore by less than 25,000 votes. Jones claims he is outraged by all of this and is calling for an investigation from the federal government.
Senator Jones would do well to be careful of what he wishes for. He just might get it.