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The Democratic National Committee (DNC), the governing body of the Democratic Party, has notably distanced itself from the Iowa state party, which oversaw a chaotic caucus that was riddled by reporting errors.
The DNC had more involvement than it claimed in the development of the faulty app that wreaked havoc on the Iowa caucuses, leaked documents show.
One of the documents is a contract between tech company Shadow, Inc. and the Iowa Democratic Party. According to Yahoo News, a redacted copy of the agreement, dated August 2019, was provided by an unaffiliated Democratic operative (click here to view).
It stipulates that the DNC should have “continual access” to security and system logs, configurations, and data flow designs for Shadow’s reporting mobile app, called IowaRecorder. Shadow also agreed to provide monthly updates to the committee on the progress in the app development.
A separate email obtained by Yahoo News appears to show that the “continual access” provision was included in the contract upon the request of the DNC’s chief executive, Seema Nanda, and deputy chief technology officer, Kat Atwater, to the Iowa Democratic Party (IDP).
What happened last night in Iowa should never happen again. We have staff working around the clock to assist the Iowa Democratic Party to ensure that all votes are counted.
— Tom Perez (@TomPerez) February 5, 2020
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