WASHINGTON (Circa) - Cambridge Analytica former employees are claiming the firm sent foreign workers to advise campaigns in the United States, according to The Washington Post.
The report states that three former workers for the firm said that during the 2014 election, Cambridge Analytica sent non-U.S. citizens to provide strategies to Republican candidates even though an attorney cautioned to adhere to U.S. law.
Christopher Wylie one of the whistleblowers to speak out against the data firm provided The Post with documents detailing campaign strategy in some states.
It is not permitted in U.S. election law for foreign nationals to become involved in making election-related decisions.
“A foreign national shall not direct, dictate, control, or directly or indirectly participate in the decision-making process of any person, such as a corporation, labor organization, political committee, or political organization with regard to such person's Federal or non-Federal election-related activities, such as decisions concerning the making of contributions, donations, expenditures, or disbursements in connection with elections for any Federal, State, or local office or decisions concerning the administration of a political committee, according to the Federal Elections Commission (FEC).
The Washington Post reported that at least 20 employees of Cambridge Analytica that were not citizens of the United States traveled across the country in 2014. They were primarily there to help decide what voters to target and what messages to communicate.
The Federal Trade Commission has announced it has launched an investigation into Facebook in light of the 50 million Facebook users whose data was improperly obtained.
On Saturday officers from the Information Commissioner's Office searched through the Cambridge Analytica central London offices. A regulator from the agency said that they “consider the evidence before deciding the next steps and coming to any conclusions," The Associated Press reported.
Authorities in the United Kingdom have launched their own investigation that will look into the data firms involvement with the U.S. 2016 presidential election and the Brexit vote in Britain.