Twitter users alleging Buttigieg paid for Iowa caucus app
Twitter users are pushing a #MayorCheat and #PeteTheCheat hashtags alleging former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg paid for the app used to tally results in the Iowa caucuses.
The theory is fueled by Buttigieg's tweet claiming victory around 12:30 a.m.
Iowa, you have shocked the nation.— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) February 4, 2020
By all indications, we are going on to New Hampshire victorious. #IowaCaucuses
The results of the caucuses are not expected to be released until Tuesday afternoon due to inconsistencies in reporting.
Shadow Inc. describes its mission on its website as: "Our mission is to build political power for the progressive movement by developing affordable and easy-to-use tools for teams and budgets of any size."
A check of the Federal Election Commission website shows Buttigieg isn't the only candidate to use their services.
- Nevada State Democratic Party $58,000
- Pete for America $42,500
- Gillibrand 2020 $37,400
- For Our Future $10,643.25
- Democratic Party of Wisconsin $3,750
- Biden for President $1,225
- Texas Democratic Party $250
Buttigieg's campaign told CNN they paid Shadow Inc for text messaging.
"We have contracted with this vendor in the past for text messaging services to help us contact voters," said a Buttigieg campaign aide told CNN. "Totally unrelated to any apps they built for the party."