The strange afterlife of Cambridge Analytica and the mysterious fate of its data
Still, it is nearly impossible to determine which data campaigns are using to target voters, and how they are using it. Even determining which firms are working on political campaigns—especially digital ones—is challenging under existing transparency rules in the US. “There are a lot of problems with the lack of transparency around subvendor reporting,” said Brendan Fischer, an attorney at the Campaign Legal Center. “The FEC generally doesn’t require disclosure of payments to subvendors, and only requires a minimal description of the purpose of the disbursement, which can allow campaigns to disguise much of their spending.”
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