New whistleblower evidence suggests cheating in the referendum

Suspicion of huge overspends and serious offences involving a foreign company linked to Cambridge Analytica. Was the public defrauded of a fair vote?

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What happened?

Over the last few days, we’ve seen and heard disturbing evidence that suggests Vote Leave, the official referendum campaign, may have cheated in the last referendum by spending up to a million more pounds than they were allowed to.

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Suspicion of Illegal Coordination

There are important spending limits for any campaign. Two coordinating groups cannot pool their spending limits but tt appears from the evidence that BeLeave and Vote Leave co-ordinated their campaigns which means that Vote Leave should have declared more spending than it did. It seems they used that scheme to overspend by £625,000, giving that money to a company called Aggregrate IQ (AIQ), which is closely linked to Cambridge Analytica, who had used misappropriated Facebook data to help get Donald Trump elected.

02.

Suspicion of Illegal Campaign Spending

That extra money could have bought billions of extra online adverts in the final days of the election. With a result so close, any such cheating could have made the difference.

03.

Mass Cover Up?

After the authorities started to investigate, people involved were less than truthful. Emails were deleted, the young volunteers were instructed what to say, and senior Vote Leave staff restricted their access to hundreds of files on a drive shared by Vote Leave, BeLeave and AIQ. If this was destruction of relevant evidence it would – unsurprisingly – also be illegal. All the senior Vote Leave officials mentioned, and Darren Grimes, have specifically denied behaving unlawfully in the EU Referendum.

Recent developments

  • Full legal opinion submitted to Electoral Commission released
    13/04/2018
  • New whistleblower evidence released
    12/04/2018
  • Rally for a fair vote
    06/04/2018
  • Senior QC's opinion on whistleblower evidence submitted to Electoral Commission
    26/03/2018
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    26/03/2018