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  •  So Romney privatized to a consulting firm. (4+ / 0-)
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    That worked well.
    And that in a nutshell, is how well privatization works.
    I know the GOP pushes for the government to privatize services, but I didn't think they actually believed it.
    Guess I was wrong.

    What are their names and on what street do they live-David Crosby-"If I Could Only Remember My Name"

    by IB JOHN on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 01:21:22 PM PST

    •  so, what consulting firm was it (1+ / 0-)
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      and how much did the campaign pay them?  I think "follow the money" is excellent advice - my gut feeling is Romney could not pass up a chance to siphon off some campaign cash and throw it to a buddy...or a Bain capital associate....for Romney it's ALWAYS ALL about making money!

      •  Avanade? (1+ / 0-)
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        From Project Orca on tumblr:

        The rumor in some tech lists is that the Romney campaign outsourced the development of Orca to Avanade, a branch of Accenture, which is heavy in the use of developers in India, China, the Philippines, Spain, Morocco, Argentina and Slovakia.

        "Injustice wears ever the same harsh face wherever it shows itself." - Ralph Ellison

        by KateCrashes on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 02:55:46 PM PST

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      •  Or Targeted Victory? (2+ / 0-)
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        Wired State asks, "Was Al Gore's Dev in Charge of Romney's Aps?" and says:

        The organization is called Targeted Victory, and they have Romney logos flashing on their site now.
        It goes on to say that Targeted Victory has only two developers:  Vincent Gallegos, who previously led web development projects for Al Gore, and Will Boykin, "who has a 96% chance of being an Obama voter." [Trans.: Boykin's African American.]

        "Injustice wears ever the same harsh face wherever it shows itself." - Ralph Ellison

        by KateCrashes on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 03:08:10 PM PST

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        •  Well, Who Did Code Orca Then? (0+ / 0-)

          Avanade told me today on Twitter that they were not involved in Orca. Nobody has bothered to ask. I did. They said no. I believe them.

          Meanwhile, Accenture isn't answering, and they are rumoured to have been on this job.

          Sean Gallagher on Ars Technica finally confirmed after three days that Targeted Victory did NOT have the job of coding Orca. However, he doesn't say who did, and he doesn't respond to the issue of why Al Gore's dev is on Romney's job. That is a legitimate question to ask. Why? Because Targeted Victory worked on Romney's social media campaign and other aps, including the failed VP notification ap -- failed because of content/time problems/leaks? or technology?

          Will Boykin has a good job and appears to be perfectly competent in this firm that has a number of prestigious clients.

          But it's perfectly fine to ask whether Obama voters will work for Romney with the requisite enthusiasm and care.  He is a very likely Obama voter.

          I'm not the one who invented identity politics or racialism in politics and the conviction that people have to vote inside their demographics. I just blog about it when it seems to affect the technology upon which half of America depended.

          Can Tech Writers Ever Report Frankly on Fellow Geeks?

      •  Targeted Victory, FLS Connect + Stevens Schriefer? (0+ / 0-)

        And RedState(OMG I clicked on RedState):

        So what caused the breakdown and why didn’t it get fixed in time? Well according to sources who worked closely with the program, the blame is at the feet of consultants.

        Specifically Targeted Victory, FLS Connect, and The Stevens and Schriefer Group. While the Romney campaign did work with other consultants, they were apparently not part of the problem.

        They say that the truth is the consultants essentially used the Romney campaign as a money making scheme, forcing employees to spin false data as truth in order to paint a rosy picture of a successful campaign as a form of job security.

        "Injustice wears ever the same harsh face wherever it shows itself." - Ralph Ellison

        by KateCrashes on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 03:21:42 PM PST

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        •  Sounds like the Romney campaign's... (1+ / 0-)
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          ...own false positive spin to their mega-donors.

          Thorough incompetence and lack of ethics.

        •  None of those identified by Red State coded Orca (0+ / 0-)

          None of those three firms worked on Orca.

          I asked questions about Targeted Victory because Sean Gallagher of Ars Technica would not name the firm, and Targeted Victory was Zac Moffatt's firm where he worked before the Romney campaign. And as I noted, they worked on the other ap for Romney that failed.

          Lots of other speculation has gone around about Microsoft, Accenture, etc.

          Targeted Victory has now been confirmed by Gallagher as not having worked on the job (though they don't appear to have made their own statement -- the kind of thing that social media experts tell you only leads to worse problems).

          But we still don't know who did code Orca.

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