Lou Dobbs of Fox News once reported on the international ties between Smartmatic’s voting machine business and its sale to Sequoia while he was an anchor at CNN in 2006.
According to this CNN report, Smartmatic was based in Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela and was sold to Sequoia. But the top officials for Smartmatic were still in Venezuela. CNN was worried this could interfere with our democracy.
CNN anchor and correspondent Kitty Pilgrim reported to Dobbs on the story. In her report she explained, “the use of some 19,000 electronic voting machines in the city of Chicago and Cook county primary on March 21st of this year, is now under intense scrutiny. The US company that makes the machine, Sequoia, was bought in 2005 by Smartmatic, a private company primarily owned by Venezuelan businessmen.”
She continued, “When Chicago had problems with the machines, a dozen Venezuelan employees were there to help with the election. Chicago officials are outraged.”
Pilgrim continued to report that although technically based in Boca Raton Florida, less than a dozen staff actually work there, Smartmatic. Much of their workers are based in Venezuela.
Democrat Representatives at the time were very bothered by what they deemed a national security issue. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) appeared on CNN and said, “In the case of Smartmatic there are a number of unanswered questions. That is why I wrote to the Secretary of the Treasury and asked them to review the ownership. It’s offshore, it’s murky, no one seems to know who owns it. Certainly our government should know.”
Lou Dobbs expressed his frustration about the Treasury to Pilgrim saying, “these are the most arrogant, incompetent, bureaucratic, idiots!”
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