Report suggests over $100K in taxpayer money funnelled to two companies
The Trudeau Liberals are using taxpayer money to funnel dollars toward party-friendly firms, including one company owned by a personal friend of the PM and an American firm with strong ties to the Democrats.
The Globe and Mail reports that MPs have been contracting the same firms used by the central party to conduct work paid for by tax dollars instead of party funds.
Data Sciences Inc., a Montreal-based firm, is owned by Tom Pitfield a friend of Justin Trudeau’s since childhood.
Pitfield is also the man the Liberals turned to during the 2015 and 2019 elections to run their digital campaign services.
NGP VAN describes itself as “the leading technology provider to Democratic and progressive campaigns.”
The software and services offered by the firm have been used by the Obama and Biden campaigns, as well as those of Senator Nancy Pelosi and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
It’s now used by the Liberal Party to target Canadian voters using sophisticated micro-targeting of social media platforms and other communications tools.
The Globe reports that Pitfield’s Data Sciences firm offers services to customize NPG VAN’s offerings to the Liberal operation.
The Liberal platform, called Liberalist, is a customized version of NGP VAN’s Votebuilder platform.
The company’s website boasts that it “takes any supporter record that has an email address and automatically matches it to dozens of social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.”
Translation: with just an email address, the party is able to track and target potential voters on all of the most popular social media platforms.
Funds from MPs office budgets have been going towards contracts with both firms since at least 2016, according to Liberal sources cited by the Globe.
The use of these funds towards two Liberal-friendly firms has never been reported until now due to a change in reporting rules.
The Globe cites the total paid to NGP VAN in the fourth-quarter was $74,290 while MPs collectively claimed for sent at least $30,000 to Data Sciences.
Given that this was only a quarterly report, the total amount of taxpayer dollars supporting these Liberal-friendly firms is likely much higher.