The story of New Knowledge Inc. and “Project Birmingham,” a self-described false-flag operation designed to paint then-Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore as a Russian puppet, reached new heights Friday.
“A nonprofit group linked to Fusion GPS and partially funded by George Soros worked in recent months with a technology company implicated in a scheme to use fake Russian bots during Alabama’s special Senate election,” according to a Daily Caller report.
A non-profit called The Democracy Integrity Project (TDIP), according to the report, works with Fusion GPS and Christoper Steele who produced a fake document about President Donald J. Trump’s “connections” to Russia in order to slime him. The document was used to get a FISA warrant to surveil the President’s campaign, and subsequently an investigation was opened into Russian “collusion,” which is still ongoing.
The report said that TDIP partnered with New Knowledge during the 2018 midterms. This is the first time that two firms have been linked.
New Knowledge created fake Russian bots during Moore’s 2017 special election campaign, while its owner, Jonathon Morgan, spread conspiracy theories about the Judge’s campaign being bolstered by those same Russian bots, thus smearing him with a “collusion” story similar to what Fusion GPS used against Trump, albeit on a smaller scale.
Big League Politics reported:
Founder of LinkedIn Reid Hoffman recently apologized for donating $750,000 to a firm called American Engagement Technologies, run by a former Google employee named Mickey Dickerson.
That firm distributed $100,000 of that money to a cybersecurity firm called New Knowledge, run by Jonathon Morgan. Morgan used the cash to flood Moore’s Twitter account with apparent Russian bots in an effort to connect the campaign to Russian “meddling” in the 2016 presidential election. He also created Facebook pages intended to cause strife between Republicans in Alabama and split the vote between Moore and a write-in candidate.
Morgan then pushed his bogus scheme on his personal Twitter account, sparking a massive media uproar:
— Jonathon Morgan (@jonathonmorgan) November 10, 2017
The project has been dubbed “Project Birmingham.”
If you are beginning to notice a pattern here – that shadowy D.C. tech firms and non-profits, using big money from Democratic Party donors (or in the case of Fusion GPS, the party itself) – are creating scandals involving Russian conspiracy theories, you might just be onto something.
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BEWARE: New ‘Conservative Economics’ Think Tank by National Review Hack is Another #NeverTrump Grift
Columnist Oren Cass has a history of opposing Trump and denigrating his supporters.
Public policy analyst and conservative author Oren Cass announced today that he would be establishing American Compass, a thinktank with a focus on populist economics that is set to open in May.
“Delighted to announce the formation of American Compass, whose mission is to restore an economic consensus that emphasizes the importance of family, community, and industry to the nation’s liberty and prosperity,” Cass wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.
While Cass may act like he wants to offer an “America First” vision for conservatism, his history of writings at National Review indicate that he is another Never Trumper attempting to reinvent himself in order to grift or co-opt the movement Trump is responsible for creating.
“Keeping any distance in the public mind between conservatism and Trumpism — not just checking his executive power, but continually repudiating his demagoguery and standing beside its targets — will require a Herculean effort in the coming years. Perhaps it will be impossible. But we should try, most importantly because it is the right thing to do,” Cass wrote in an article just days after Trump was elected President.
“Conservatives cannot afford to have their long-standing agenda become indistinguishable from the noxious elements of Trumpism… But to be viable (or deserving of respect) in the long term, Republicans will have to sustain that coalition independent of the antidemocratic and intolerant aspects that Trump leveraged. Some will smirk that this is impossible and guts the core appeal of Trumpism, but if that’s true, then we’ll have to ensure its gutting anyway,” he added.
In a previous op/ed, Cass lauded Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) as the paragon of virtue while denigrating Trump’s brand of politics and insulting his fans.
“The real difference is that Romney held himself each day to the highest standards of decency and felt keenly the burdens of leadership, while Trump is an entertainer committed to delivering whatever irrational blather of insults, threats, and lies will earn the most retweets,” Cass wrote.
“The Trump phenomenon does not deserve elevation to the level of some reasonable response, needed movement, or well-earned comeuppance. It is best regarded as some combination of nihilistic joke and authoritarian fantasy,” he added.
In his latest screed laying out the philosophical basis for his new thinktank, Cass never mentions Trump, or even Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson, even once. He instead name drops Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) as the model for his brand of conservatism.
“The problems animating America’s resurgent populism are very real. They will be solved neither by the ideological alignments that governed us into the crisis nor by that populism itself, which has demonstrated no ability to formulate or implement a coherent response,” he wrote.
Cass’ new project will create a “coherent response” to mounting societal problems that fits neatly within the parameters of globalism and politics-as-usual. Similar to National Review editor Rich Lowry with his book “The Case for Nationalism,” Cass is another establishment Republican attempting to make himself relevant in a political landscape that has passed him by.
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