Alarm raised over Obama-connected firm working 2020 census

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A pro-Democrat data firm will be working on the 2020 Census, as a subcontractor in a $415 million advertising deal awarded to Young & Rubicam, Inc., and Republican senators are demanding answers.

Civis Analytics is the firm in question – who Fox News reports was founded by the chief analytics officer on former President Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign.

Right on their website, Civis Analytics states, “We’re the minds that powered President Obama’s re-election campaign. Our mission is to help organizations find the truth in their data, and to spur them to actions that will change the world for the better.”

Further, they claim, “Our enhanced national database of 220 million Americans pairs perfectly with your data to help you understand how people are feeling, what they’re doing, and what they’re likely to do.”

Since a group led by former Attorney General Eric Holder has made it clear they are intending to re-draw district lines to give greater favor to Democratic candidates in future elections, Republicans are even more concerned that the 2020 census be conducted in a nonpartisan manner.

Sen. Ron Johnson, (R-Wis.), and the chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee sent a letter Monday, June 5, to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, expressing great concern about Civis Analytics being involved in the census process.

“The Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs is conducting oversight of the U.S. Census Bureau’s preparations for the 2020 Decenninal Census. In 2016, the Bureau awarded an advertising contract that included a subcontractor with close ties to partisan politics that reportedly “spun out of” the releelection campaign of President Obama. I respectfully request information about how the Bureau will ensure the integrity and impartiality of the 2020 Census,” Johnson wrote.

Further condemning the group, he added, “Civis describes itself as a ‘platform for hope and change’ that started ‘in a mission for President Obama’s re-election campaign.’ The main analytical tool used by the Obama reelection campaign reportedly became the ‘cornerstone’ of Civis’s work. The firm’s CEO stated that ‘the [Obama reelection] campaign set the values of the company’ and that Civis would work exclusively for Democratic campaigns.”

Johnson requested a response no later than 5pm on June 19.

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