By TARINI PARTI and MICHELLE QUINN | 5/27/13
A California investor — with help from Karl Rove — won the highly competitive contest to help build the Republican National Committee’s data platform.
But he’s having trouble winning over Silicon Valley.
Dick Boyce, once a partner at Bain & Co. and the former CEO of J.Crew, launched Liberty Works with the goal of helping Republicans catch up to Democrats in the digital data world.
Liberty Works was hired to create an open-source voter data platform, meaning outside groups and campaigns would have access to the information for outreach and fundraising and also be able to build on it with their own applications. The RNC describes the goal for the shared data as “iPhone-like.”
Since the RNC announcement on May 1, Liberty Works has gotten off to a shaky start. Top engineers in Silicon Valley who have been looking for ways to help Republican campaigns question Boyce’s vision and say the company’s outreach is underwhelming — as are its salary offers.
“At a minimum, they should buy a round or two of drinks before they ask the tech community to get into bed,” said Garrett Johnson, the chief executive of SendHub, an Internet communications firm in Menlo Park.
The big risk for the RNC is that any delay or failure to keep up with the Democrats’ vaunted data operation could hurt their already uphill efforts to win the Senate next year and further cement the GOP’s reputation as behind the times in the digital data world.
So they label it “an already uphill battle to take back the Senate”. But of course, I see no criticisms or singling out individuals from the left about Obama’s massive, even secretive, database operation. All that matters is the Republicans building one — and the more scrutiny they can give it the better.
I expect to hear some statements soon from Obama or his top operatives. Next comes the intimidation campaign
Not buying Republicans’ plans? What a crock. But what is next for Obama, send some goons to intimidate and attack anyone working with Repulicans? Let’s see, the IRS may be a little busy and indisposed right now. Have no fear, they’ll find a Chicago way.
From Breitbart February 6, 2013.
“It’s very powerful what [Obama’s] leaving in place.”
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Maxine Waters says:
“The President has put in place an organization with the kind of database that no one has ever seen before in life,” Representative Maxine Waters told Roland Martin…. “That’s going to be very, very powerful,” Waters said. “That database will have information about everything on every individual on ways that it’s never been done before and whoever runs for President on the Democratic ticket has to deal with that. They’re going to go down with that database and the concerns of those people because they can’t get around it. And he’s [President Obama] been very smart. It’s very powerful what he’s leaving in place.”