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What we know about the maker of the app used in the Iowa caucuses

What we know about the maker of the app used in the Iowa caucuses
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REPORTER: GOOD EVENING. COMPANY VETERANS HAVE WORKED FOR SOME BIG CAMPAIGNS BEFORE, BUT NEVER IN THE SPOTLIGHT LIKE THIS. WE’VE LEARNED IT WASN’T A HACK -- BUT A GLITCH -- THAT MARRED THE FIRST CONTEST OF THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIG WHEN LONG LINES OF CAUCUS GOERS TURNED INTO LONG WAITS FOR RESULTS, THE FOCUS QUICKLY TURNED TO THE SMALL COMPANY THAT BUILT THE APP USED FOR PRECINCT REPORTING. THE COMPANY IS CALLED SHADOW. IT CLAIMS TO "GET VOTER, VOLUNTEER, AND DONOR DATA WHERE IT NEEDS TO GO WITH JUST A FEW CLINICS. -- CLICKIS." IT BOASTS VETERANS OF CAMPAIGNS FOR HILLARY CLINTON AND BARACK OBAMA ALONG WITH GOOGLE AND APPLE. AND NOW, WE’VE LEARNED, IOWA DEMOCRATS. CAMPAIGN EXPENDITURE FILINGS OBTAINED BY THE NATIONAL INVESTIGATIVE UNIT SHOW THE IOWA DEMOCRATIC PARTY PAID SHADOW SIX THROUGH $3000 -- $63,000 LATE LAST YEAR FOR "WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT AND DATA SERVICES." SO WE DECIDED TO GO TO THE ADDRESS LISTED ON THE CHECK TO GET ANSWERS. INSTEAD OF AN OFFICE, THOUGH, WE FOUND A WEWORK LOCATION COMMUNAL , A WORK SPACE ON THE SECOND SECOND FLOOR WHERE FREELANCERS CAN PAY TO WORK BY THE DAY OR MONTH. >> MY NAME IS MARK ALBERT WITH HEARST TELEVISION LOOKING FOR SHADOW. REPORTER: BUT WITH NO SIGN OUT FRONT AND NO SIGN OF THE COMPANY INSIDE, THE RECEPTIONIST TOLD US SHADOW MOVED A FEW WEEKS AGO. YOU ARE NOT SURE WHICH LOCATION THEY MOVED TO? >> SORRY. REPORTER: THE COMPANY SAYS IT ALSO HAS OFFICES IN NEW YORK, DENVER, AND SEATTLE. IN A STATEMENT, SHADOW SAID "WE SINCERELY REGRET THE DELAY IN THE REPORTING OF THE RESULTS. WE WILL APPLY THE LESSONS LEARNED IN THE FUTURE, AND HAVE ALREADY CORRECTED THE UNDERLYING TECHNOLOGY ISSUE." AND DID NOT THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY DID OFFER TO TEST THE APP IN ADVANCE, BUT THE IOWA DEMOCRATIC PARTY DECIDED TO GO WITH AN OUTSIDE VENDOR, INSTEAD. CRUCIALLY, NO VOTING ACTUALLY TOOK PLACE ON THIS APP. IT WAS JUST REPORTING RESULTS. A PAPER TRAIL WHICH IS RECOMMENDED FOR ALL STAES BY THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY IS IN PLACE
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What we know about the maker of the app used in the Iowa caucuses
As hours of waiting for Iowa caucus results turned into days of waiting, the focus turned to a small company that built the app used for precinct reporting.As America has learned in the hours since Monday’s caucus, it was a glitch – not a hack – that marred the first contest in the 2020 presidential election season.The company, called Shadow, claims to “get voter, volunteer and donor data where it needs to go with just a few clicks.”It boasts campaign staff veterans from Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, as well as former Google and Apple employees.Campaign expenditure filings obtained by the Hearst Television National Investigative Unit show the Iowa Democratic Party paid Shadow $63,000 last year for “website development and data services.”Documents list the company’s offices as a WeWork location in Washington, D.C.But a front desk worker there said the company moved a few weeks ago. It also lists offices in New York, Denver and Seattle.In a statement, Shadow officials said they “sincerely regret the delay in the reporting of the results. We will apply the lessons learned in the future and have already corrected the underlying issue.”Company officials said it did not affect data.

As hours of waiting for Iowa caucus results turned into days of waiting, the focus turned to a small company that built the app used for precinct reporting.

As America has learned in the hours since Monday’s caucus, it was a glitch – not a hack – that marred the first contest in the 2020 presidential election season.

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The company, called Shadow, claims to “get voter, volunteer and donor data where it needs to go with just a few clicks.”

It boasts campaign staff veterans from Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, as well as former Google and Apple employees.

Campaign expenditure filings obtained by the Hearst Television National Investigative Unit show the Iowa Democratic Party paid Shadow $63,000 last year for “website development and data services.”

Documents list the company’s offices as a WeWork location in Washington, D.C.

But a front desk worker there said the company moved a few weeks ago. It also lists offices in New York, Denver and Seattle.

In a statement, Shadow officials said they “sincerely regret the delay in the reporting of the results. We will apply the lessons learned in the future and have already corrected the underlying issue.”

Company officials said it did not affect data.