Ted Cruz is saying today, via his spokesperson, that when they hired Cambridge Analytica, they were assured that all the media reports about them were false and even had a contract with them that said all their data was obtained legally:
THE HILL – Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) says he was told by Cambridge Analytica that its practices were legitimate when his 2016 presidential campaign collaborated with the research firm.
“They assured us the claims made in the press were false,” Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier told The Dallas Morning News.
Frazier said the Cruz campaign had a contract with Cambridge Analytica when it worked with the firm that said “all data used by them were obtained legally, that they would conduct their operations ‘in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations,’ and that they ‘hold all necessary permits, licenses and consents to conduct its operations.’ ”
“The campaign relied upon those representations,” she said.
In 2015, allegations surfaced that the research firm, which later went on to work for the Trump campaign, was using Facebook data it had illicitly received. According to The Dallas Morning News, the Cruz campaign continued collaborating with the firm for six months following the allegations.
The Dallas Morning News reported that the Cruz campaign paid the research firm $5.8 million between July 2015 and June 2016. The Cruz campaign worked with the firm on “voter ID targeting” and “voter modeling.”
As I understand it, Facebook is holding an internal press conference today to answer questions from their staff about what happened with Cambridge Analytica. We’ll bring you news on that when we get it.