Monday night was a strange one in Iowa.
The all-important Iowa caucuses attempted to go high-tech this year, using a polling app made by, get this, Shadow Inc. in order to streamline the process.
It should be obvious by the setup of that previous sentence that not a single iota of “streamlining” occurred. In fact, when it was all said and done, the Democratic voter base was left bewildered and begrudged.
Late on Monday night, one candidate took advantage of the confusion and declared himself the victor – despite zero percent of the actual vote being released by the faulty app.
But what really irked the left was that the “winning” candidate, Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, was also connected to the aforementioned voting app.
The hashtag #MayorCheat trended Tuesday on Twitter after reports that former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s campaign paid tens of thousands of dollars to the company that developed the app that was supposed to streamline the reporting of Iowa caucus results but instead failed, throwing the results of the caucus into question.
Federal Election Commission (FEC) records showed that Pete for America Inc. paid at least $21,250.00 to Shadow Inc. on July 23, 2019, for “software rights and subscriptions.”
A few months after that, in November and December 2019, the Iowa Democratic Party (IDP) paid tech company Shadow Inc. more than $60,000 to develop the app that Iowa Democrat caucus leaders were supposed to use to upload their results, according to HuffPost.
The news comes as an increasing number of Democratic constituents demonstrate their concerns over the direction of their political party, espousing numerous conspiracy theories about the “deep state” and their rigging of the primary process.