MADISON — On the growing list of troubling incidents emerging from the 2020 presidential election in Wisconsin is the “would-be Democratic voter data juggernaut” that appears to have purchased Wisconsin’s voter registration list a whopping 28 times in 2020.
Many of those very expensive purchases occurred in the final months leading up to and the weeks after November’s election, according to records obtained by Empower Wisconsin.
In all, it appears Alloy spent $350,000 on tracking voters in the run-up to the hotly contested election between Republican incumbent Donald Trump and Democrat challenger Joe Biden.
“It raises every suspicious bone and nerve in my body. I can’t see a reason or purpose for buying it 28 times,” said Gary Wait, a former law enforcement official and retired private investigator with a background in computer science.
Wait is among a group of a half-dozen grassroots citizens engaged in a review of the election. They, like many other Wisconsin voters, are deeply concerned about the integrity of the vote in the Badger State, which Biden won by 20,000-plus votes. Wait said the group, which includes Peter Bernegger of New London, has collected scanned images of more than 2 million ballots using the state’s open records law. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel was quick to report Bernegger was convicted in 2009 of bank fraud and mail fraud. He spent years fighting the conviction.
Since the grassroots group’s extensive review has become public, some elections officials have dragged their feet in releasing ballot information, Wait said. And the stonewalling has been particularly pronounced in the so-called “WI-5” cities — Wisconsin’s five largest and Democrat heavy cities that received the lion’s share of election administration grants from a left-leaning group funded by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Wait and his fellow election checkers say their review of ballots has found glaring errors, irregularities, even potential outright fraud, and they see red flags with Alloy’s purchases.
Documents provided by the group show Alynn Woischke, a long-time Democratic Party operative, made the purchases for Alloy. A LinkedIn page shows Woischke served as regional field director for Organising for America, the community organizing project of the Democratic National Committee, set up to push the agenda of the former Community Organizer-in-Chief, President Barack Obama. She also worked for the Connecticut state Democratic Party as its data director to “help mine information on voters.”
Alloy at times purchased the Wisconsin voter registration list within six days of the last purchase. It’s an expensive buy.
Reid Magney, spokesman for the Wisconsin Elections Commission, said state statutes require the Commission to make the voter list available for sale. The Administrative Code sets the price at $25 plus $5 per 1,000 records, capped at a maximum of $12,500. State law does not restrict who can purchase the list or how many times they can purchase it.
Magney said he could not confirm the exact number, “but I can confirm that Alloy purchased the statewide voter file from our BadgerVoters website many times in 2020.”
“Both major political parties, as well as election data firms, regularly purchase Wisconsin’s voter registration list,” Magney added.
But not 28 times in a year, political insiders say. That’s an exceptionally high number.
Why was Alloy so interested in the voter file? The company could not be reached for comment.
Fast Company in December described Alloy as the “would-be Democratic voter data juggernaut backed by LinkedIn billionaire Reid Hoffman.” The publication reported what would become official in March: Alloy’s purchase by Civitech, “another progressive get-out-the-vote tools provider.”
Officials from Civitech did not return Empower Wisconsin’s request for comment.
Alloy formally launched in 2020 with lofty ambitions to build a bigger and better voter data repository for Democratic candidates and causes. But the startup announced on November 20—less than a year from its coming-out—that it would be winding down operations in 2021.
In Democratic circles, there was a perception that Alloy—flush with Silicon Valley cash, talent, and ethos—believed it could solve Democrats’ most serious voter data challenges, and a concern that Alloy intended to own and control the party’s voter data. This distrust and suspicion may have been a key factor in Alloy’s decision to cease operations next year.
So it turned over the keys to Civitech, which had its own problems in the presidential election year.
In early October, less than a month before the election, Civitech was found to have “accidentally” mailed voter registration applications with the wrong name, address and birth to about 11,000 North Carolina residents, according to a local ABC affiliate.
Civitech, which works with Democratic Party campaigns to help increase voter registration, contracted with the printing company Print Mail Pro to pre-fill out parts of voter registration forms before sending them to potential voters, the news organization reported.
The wealthy liberal behind Alloy
Alloy’s sugar daddy, Reid Hoffman, is described by Influence Watch as a left-of-center political activist best known for founding LinkedIn.
“Hoffman was relatively apolitical prior until 2016, when he became an outspoken critic of then-Republican candidate Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election. Following the election, Hoffman called President Trump, ‘worse than useless as a president,’” according to the influence tracker.
“In 2017, Hoffman launched a number of left-of-center organizations, investments, and fundraising efforts to oppose President Trump and the Republican Party. Hoffman emerged as “one of the most influential Democratic donors of the Trump era.” Democratic insiders split in their opinion of his activism. Some praised his personal zeal and commitments, while others considered his efforts reckless and emblematic of Silicon Valley attempting to take over politics,” Influence Watch reports.
Hoffman’s activist involvement in feverishly working to push Trump out is similar to a bigger Silicon Valley player: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. As Wisconsin Spotlight has reported, Zuckerberg and his wife Pricilla Chan pumped $350 million into a left-wing, Chicago-based voting organization known as the Center for Tech & Civic Life CTCL handed out hundreds of millions of dollars in election administration grants under the guise of protecting poll workers and voters from COVID-19, but internal records show CTCL’s liberal network of partners infiltrating elections in the biggest and most heavily Democratic cities in battleground states such as Wisconsin. Reviews have found much of the funding did not go to voting safety, but to vote-at-home, get-out-the-vote and other initiatives aimed at increasing turnout for Democratic candidates.
In April 2020, Alloy convened a “virtual working session” with 16 leaders in the “election protection space.” It boasted of working with partners “across the progressive and Democratic ecosystem,” learning that “access to high quality, affordable, and timely data” is critical in detecting and overcoming “issues of voter suppression.”
Many of those partners had a vested interest in seeing Joe Biden defeat Donald Trump.
Wait said his group’s investigation so far is finding “growing concerns about the integrity of the election” in Wisconsin. He promised some “bombshell” information released in the days head.
“It smells like fish,” the retired private investigator said of the things the group is uncovering.