Top Dem on Oversight Committee Seeks Subpoena for Documents Withheld by Cambridge Analytica

May 16, 2018
Press Release

Top Dem on Oversight 

Committee Seeks Subpoena for Documents

Withheld by Cambridge Analytica

Washington, DC (May 16, 2018)—Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform sent a letter asking Chairmen Trey Gowdy to issue a subpoena to compel Cambridge Analytica to produce documents it has been withholding in response to a request related to its compliance with U.S. election regulations.

“I am writing to request that you issue a subpoena to obtain documents relating to allegations that Cambridge Analytica may have violated U.S. election regulations that prohibit foreign nationals from providing high-level strategy or advice on decision-making for U.S. political campaigns,” Cummings wrote.

On April 25, 2018, Democratic staff from the Oversight and Judiciary Committees conducted an interview with Christopher Wylie, a Cambridge Analytica whistleblower, who reported that Cambridge Analytica was a “pass-through company” that relied exclusively on foreign consultants and employees to provide high-level strategy and analysis work to U.S. campaigns.  He also characterized Cambridge Analytica as a “full service propaganda machine” that provided an array of complex strategy and analysis services.

Mr. Wylie’s statements are consistent with news reports that Cambridge Analytica was staffed by foreign nationals. 

“If true, these activities appear to violate a Federal Election Commission regulation that prohibits the participation of foreign nationals in ‘decisions involving election-related activities’,” Cummings wrote.

On March 27, 2018, Cummings and Nadler wrote to Cambridge Analytica to request documents about its compliance with U.S. election regulations.  The company declined to respond and has produced no documents. 

On May 2, 2018, Cambridge Analytica filed for bankruptcy, but claimed in a press release that it has “unwavering confidence that its employees have acted ethically and lawfully.”

Click here to read today’s letter.




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