We still don’t have any official results from Iowa’s Democratic caucus on Monday, but that didn’t stop Pete Buttigieg from claiming victory.
“So, we don’t know all the results,” Buttigieg admitted at a rally in Des Moines. “But, we know, by the time it is all said and done, Iowa, you have shocked the nation. Because, by all indications, we are going on to New Hampshire victorious.”
Internal numbers from both the Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders camps suggest that Buttigieg did indeed perform well. But the Vermont senator’s camp insists that Sanders came out on top, while Buttigieg has already touted an upset. Either way, this was a good night for Buttigieg. All he needed to do to solidify his campaign’s political momentum was beat Joe Biden, and it looks like he did that and more.
But there’s another problem. Federal Election Commission filings show that Buttigieg’s campaign gave tens of thousands of dollars to the technological firm whose voting app contributed to Iowa’s reporting delays. Buttigieg’s campaign made a donation to Shadow on July 23, 2019, for “software rights and subscriptions” around the same time the Iowa Democratic Party paid Shadow to build an app that would make caucus voting easier and faster.