Eric Schmidt, the chief executive of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, has helped raise tens of millions for a Democratic data firm comprised of Obama campaign alumni.
Civis Analytics, a consulting firm founded by Dan Wagner, the chief analytics officer for President Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign, pulled in $22 million in its latest round of funding, TechCrunch reported. Civis Analytics was “born” out of the Obama campaign, which Schmidt worked for as a trainer and recruiter. The firm still employs many of the same players that worked on the campaign.
Schmidt initially approached Wagner about starting a company at the conclusion of the 2012 election cycle. Schmidt, a partial owner of the company, provided Civis with millions in funding in 2013.
Civis is now on the payroll of numerous Democratic and progressive organizations, including the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), NextGen Climate Action Committee, a PAC founded by liberal billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer, and the Senate Majority PAC, which is the political action arm of Sen. Harry Reid (D., Nev.).