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Bloomberg Created A Secret Tech Company Chock-Full Of Former Facebook Execs To Take On Trump

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Billionaire Michael Bloomberg created a secretive tech company before he entered the 2020 presidential election that was designed to help Democrats win congressional seats in 2018, CNBC reported Monday.

The former New York City mayor is using Hawkfish to help collect data on voters and promote his run for president, the report noted, citing communication with a spokeswoman with the Bloomberg campaign. Two former Facebook big wigs are involved in the venture.

Hawkfish will be the “primary digital agency and technology services provider for the campaign,” Julie Wood, the spokeswoman, told reporters. The firm “is now providing digital ad services, including content creation, ad placement and analytics,” she added.

“Hawkfish appears to have been assembled in secret. It has no public website. A search of elections databases turned up no financial records connected to work for other Democratic causes,” CNBC noted in its report, which also noted that Hawkfish will help Democrats running for office.

This picture taken with a fisheye lens shows a man walks past a big logo created from pictures of Facebook users worldwide in the company’s Data Center. (Photo: JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images)

Hawkfish began helping Democratic groups involved in races in Virginia and Kentucky, according to CNBC. Wood did not comment on which races Hawkfish worked on, the report noted, adding that the state’s progressive groups did not respond to comments about the group.

Democrats flipped the Virginia legislature in November for the first time in over 20 years. (RELATED: Democrats Take Control Of Virginia State Legislature For The First Time In Decades)

A December Reuters-Ipsos poll, for instance, shows about 5% of Democratic-leaning voters support his candidacy, up from 3% in mid-November before he announced his bid. He is sitting in fourth place among 15 Democratic candidates.

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