SCL Group Accused Of Manipulating St Kitts Election

Several large storage crates were removed yesterday from Cambridge Analytica's offices

The DailyMail UK is reporting that the parent company of Cambridge Analytica has been accused of manipulating an election by framing a politician in a £1million ‘bribe’ sting.

SCL Group was allegedly employed by the Labour Party of St Kitts and Nevis in order to smear the leader of the opposition, Lindsay Grant during the 2010 elections.

It reportedly paid a contractor £12,000 to pose as a property magnate and offer Mr Grant his support in exchange for a cut-price land deal and filmed it.

Cambridge Analytica bragged about its part in putting Donald Trump in the White House including creating the infamous ‘crooked Hillary’ campaign, it has emerged today.

The Times Newspaper reported also that the company secretly filmed the People’s Action Movement leader in St Kitts accepting the ‘bribe’ and shared it online in the days leading up to the election.

SCL’s contractor reportedly met Mr Grant at a Mariott hotel in St Kitts and reportedly offered the opposition politician just over £1million for 200 acres of land, well under the real value of the land.

Mr Grant is believed to have accepted the deal after the offer was increased by £150,000.

Unbeknownst to the politician, SCL allegedly filmed the meeting and released the video before the polls opened.

The 2010 election was won by the Labour Party, which won 46 per cent of the vote, while the People’s Action Movement received 32 per cent.

Mr Grant resigned from the People’s Action Movement in 2012.

St Kitts leader of the opposition Lindsay Grant was offered £1million during the 2010 elections in a sting set up by the parent company of Cambridge Analytica

Data firm accused of manipulating elections has worked with politicians around the globe 

USA

During the 2016 US election Cambridge Analytica was able to match this haul of data to electoral rolls, allowing Donald Trump’s strategists to carefully calibrate campaign messages to resonate exactly with the hopes and fears of the voters it needed to win.

Often they found themselves bombarded with negative adverts about Hillary Clinton, or viral videos that contained what critics dubbed ‘fake news’.

Though Trump lost the popular vote, this helped him win the key marginal states, and with it the White House.

In a subsequent speech, Alexander Nix, whose firm was paid around £4.8million, boasted that ‘pretty much every message Trump put out was data-driven’.

Caribbean 

CA’s parent company SCL Group was allegedly employed by the Labour Party of St Kitts and Nevis in order to smear the leader of the opposition, Lindsay Grant during the 2010 elections.

It reportedly paid a contractor £12,000 to pose as a property magnate and offer Mr Grant his support in exchange for a cut-price land deal.

The Times reported that the company secretly filmed the People’s Action Movement leader accepting the ‘bribe’ and shared it online in the days leading up to the election.

It comes amid claims Cambridge Analytica was able to harvest personal information from Facebook users and allegedly use it to influence elections.

SCL’s contractor reportedly met Mr Grant at a Mariott hotel in St Kitts and reportedly offered the opposition politician just over £1million for 200 acres of land, well under the real value of the land.

Mr Grant is believed to have accepted the deal after the offer was increased by £150,000.

Unbeknownst to the politician, SCL allegedly filmed the meeting and released the video before the polls opened.

There are also claims they carried out a ‘targeted digital attack’ on Ralph Gonsalves, the prime minister of St Vincent.

Mr Gonsalves later claimed he had been harassed and bullied in a campaign that included an attempted hack on his private email.

There are also claims they worked for free on the election campaign to elect St Lucia’s prime minister Stephenson King in return for a contract to run a $1.9million public health campaign.

AUSTRALIA   

Australia’s information commissioner is investigating whether any people in its country are victims of the data scandal.

Cambridge Analytica was looking to expand to the country but deregistered its business name there on Monday.

INDIA

In India, SCL has worked with Ovleno Business Intelligence (OBI) on various elections.

OBI owner Amrish Tyagi refused to answer questions but said their Indian work had nothing to do with social media or online work and was working with various political parties on the ground.

LIBYA, PAKISTAN, AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ

SCL has been paid more than £150,000 by the Government to research ‘behaviour’ in conflict zones.

Their work included reports on Libya after the fall of Gaddafi and in Pakistan in 2008.

SCL is also said to have done similar work for the US Government in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Original Publication Dailymail.co.uk