Cambridge Analytica bought private information harvested from more than 50 million users to develop techniques that were later used in the Trump campaign. [ NY Times March 17, 2018]
OK, this is a minor gloat. Because I've been beating this drum for almost a year, but stories aren't "real" until the NYTimes says so.
For the joy of historical perspective, here are (some of) my posts on this ultimate political dirty trick:
April, 2017 August, 2017 September, 2017
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