An under-the-radar startup funded by billionaire Eric Schmidt has become a major technology vendor for Hillary Clinton?s presidential campaign, underscoring the bonds between Silicon Valley and Democratic politics.
The Groundwork, according to Democratic campaign operatives and technologists, is part of efforts by Schmidt?the executive chairman of Google parent-company Alphabet?to ensure that Clinton has the engineering talent needed to win the election. And it is one of a series of quiet investments by Schmidt that recognize how modern political campaigns are run, with data analytics and digital outreach as vital ingredients that allow candidates to find, court, and turn out critical voter blocs.
There is also another gap in play: The shrinking distance between Google and the Democratic Party. Former Google executive Stephanie Hannon is the Clinton campaign?s chief technology officer, and a host of ex-Googlers are currently employed as high-ranking technical staff…
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