New material provided by a third whistleblower and published by the Fair Vote Project makes clear just how intimate the relationship between Vote Leave and BeLeave was as well as how Vote Leave came to know of AggregateIQ (AIQ), answering a key question that had yet to be answered.
We’ve seen and heard disturbing evidence that suggests Vote Leave, the official referendum campaign, may have cheated in the last referendum.
They may have done this by spending up to a million more pounds then they were allowed to, coordinating with a “separate” campaign group which is strictly forbidden by the law. Upon announcement of an investigation – a senior Vote Leave staff member, Victoria Woodcock, went through a drive shared by Vote Leave, BeLeave and AIQ restricting access for herself, Dominic Cummings and Henry de Zoete from hundreds of documents. Was this an attempt to preserve evidence, or to delete it? Some of the other people involved at Vote Leave are now top advisers to Prime Minister Theresa May.
All the senior Vote Leave officials mentioned, and Darren Grimes, have specifically denied behaving unlawfully in the EU Referendum.
New whistleblower evidence suggests BeLeave was overseen by and integrated with Vote Leave. It operated out of its headquarters throughout the referendum period and advised on bank account set-up and campaigning tools creation. It also appears the Vote Leave lawyer drafted the constitution for BeLeave. The evidence is clear that these two organisations were very closely coordinated, but what about after the donation was made to AIQ?
There’s nothing wrong with campaigns coordinating if they share a spending limit. According to Electoral Law, money spent in a coordinated campaign should all be declared by the designated group. In this case, Vote Leave.
The whistleblower evidence suggests Vote Leave coordinated their work with BeLeave and AIQ, the company closely linked to now disgraced Cambridge Analytica. BeLeave team members sought approval for activities, BeLeave team members and AIQ staff worked from Vote Leave headquarters and BeLeave team members took part in Vote Leave campaigning activities.
Vote Leave paid AIQ £625,000 –– supposedly on behalf of and as a donation to BeLeave. But how could that amount of money, the biggest single expense in the campaign, have all been spent on a tiny youth group’s social media campaign in the last 10 days of the referendum?
After the authorities started to investigate, emails were deleted, the young volunteers were instructed what to say, and a senior Vote Leave staff member, Victoria Woodcock, went through a drive shared by Vote Leave, BeLeave and AIQ removing access for herself, Dominic Cummings and Henry de Zoete from hundreds of documents. We don’t know why she did this. Was this an attempt to preserve evidence, or to delete it?
We believe the evidence speaks for itself. So we encourage you to download the entire package, read through it, and share it with anyone who is interested in understanding the truth for themselves. We’ve included a guide that will be useful in discussing it with others so that we can all be sure nothing like this happens again.
Cheating is wrong no matter who does it. What we know so far suggests Vote Leave may have cheated to win the referendum. If you have other evidence about cheating on either side, please reach out to us and share it. We will work to get it to the appropriate institutions. We take this responsibility very seriously.