The alleged vaccine outreach bid rigging search warrant findings appear to be the gift which keeps on giving. The evidence coming from the text messages and financials out of Judge Hidalgo’s office appears as if the Judge’s office was allegedly conspiring to use Civis Analytics, Inc in order influence future campaigns in our county and enrich a big tech DNC donor.
In 2020, Harris County awarded Houston in Action [HIA], a 501(c)3 over several hundred thousand to perform “Census Outreach” for the County. Houston in Action awarded several subcontractors contracts from this award given by the county to Elevate Strategies and Civis Analytics, Inc. We know about the owner of Elevate Strategies allegedly being a DNC operative, but not many people are aware of who is behind the company Civis Analytics, Inc and what exactly they do.
Houston in Action Payments from the County:
Upon referencing the Counties auditors office to see how much money they had awarded Civis Analytics, I discovered the company was paid out $172,666.70 in 3 installments, close to the 2020 Elections. The group who conducted Census Outreach received over $577,218.64 from the County in 2020 alone.
So what is Civis Analytics?
Civis Analytics was born out of President Obama’s re-election campaign and changed the game from gut-level guesswork to data-driven campaigning. Much of the direction of this effort was reportedly originally based on the counsel of Google’s Eric Schmidt, who made an investment to keep the Obama Campaign’s analytics group, previously known as “the Cave,” together.
The newly formed company, Civis Analytics, is headed by 39-year-old data wiz, Dan Wagner, who is often credited as having produced Obama’s 5 million-vote margin of victory through his bottom-up analytics strategy that let the data do the directing. Businessweek reports that the company will be staffed by two dozen of his former employees during the campaign, with ownership being shared by both the team and their angel investor, Schmidt.
Gabriel Burt, the Lead Analytics Engineer for the 2012 Obama campaign will serve as the company’s CTO. Burt has a background developing web and analytics software at Novell and IBM, as well as work during college at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for the Nuclear Radiation Laboratory, the Institute for Computational Cosmology, NASA, and the NCSA.
During the election campaign, the group developed analytic models in which they ran over 65,000 simulations each night to project who was winning in battleground states. Armed with voter contact data, they would make as many as 9,000 calls in a night to measure broad public opinion in order to develop statistical models (including social networks) that they would then use for highly targeted campaign efforts, leveraging a network of volunteers.
“Thousands of staff and millions of volunteers from across states and backgrounds spoke to millions of their fellow Americans,” says the company website. “The strategy of the campaign was built by the voters we spoke to, and analytics was the bridge. From millions of data points, we constructed the most accurate voter targeting models ever used in a national campaign. We predicted the election outcome in every battleground state within one point. And our work guided decision-making and resource optimization across the campaign.”
Starting to see where this is going? A data analytics group who worked for Obama’s Campaign is receiving LARGE contracts through partisan County contractors to pull your data. Remember how the 2020 Elections drop boxes and drive-thru voting locations were *strategically placed* in order to allegedly manipulate the turnout of the elections results? That was decided by companies like Civis Analytics, inc.
It seems like the next steal was getting planned out, only this time the plan was foiled when the Elevate contract was found out to be awarded to a one person company. Below, in the text message exchange between Chang Chiu and Alex Triantaphyllis (Judge Hidalgo’s Chief of Staff) they lay out the plan to use CIVIS for the vaccine outreach contract, long before the contract was even awarded out.
Why did they already have CIVIS Analytics in mind?
This appears like it could be a conspiracy, no?
Why do organizations need data science?
Organizations are more reliably able to predict the future with certainty and with accuracy are more likely to win. In the case of the Obama campaign, they were able to say, "This is where things are at right now. This is where things are likely to go in the future. Let's make a bet on what that predicted future is likely to be."
Another concerning aspect, Elevate Strategies/ Civis Analytics had their hands on all of this data regarding the Census outreach results and Felicity was involved with the The Voter Participation Center. Can you see how this could be a conflict of interest?
It appears that the VPC has a targeted audience, and tend to lean far to the left.
We have several problems floating around here:
Houston in Action is an alleged partisan group running election seminars now (they are like ACORN)
Civis Analytics, INC has a lot of our Counties Data in order to allegedly manipulate the outcomes of our elections.
Civis is a LARGE DNC donor, so the money they get from the County just goes back into the DNC Machine.
This also would probably explain why the County Democrats have been awarding millions of dollars to Boston Consulting Group in contracts to data mine from our County. All a political campaign has to do is FOIA the data and use it for upcoming campaigning.
How it works:
This was an RFP for Commissioners Court a few months. It passed 3-2 party line (democrat)