I started looking at Smartmatic the other day, but didn’t dig too deeply as they only have a very small footprint in the US elections market. Then we get the following tweet from Rudy Giuliani:
With this in mind, let’s take a proper look at this company. Our journey begins with a trip back in time to the year 2000, when Antonio Mugica decided it was high time that Venezuela had free and fair elections. With seed capital and support supplied by Hugo Chavez he set about creating a company specialising in electronic voting. This is Smartmatic. Their mission from the outset was to do away with voter fraud. Chavez was extremely happy with the results, and based on their success in Latin America, Smartmatic expanded to other countries. Checkout Murgia here.
In 2004 Smartmatic acquired Sequoia Voting Systems, who provided voting machines for US elections. Sequoia were formed in the 1970s and they have a history of controversy, including the ‘hanging chad’ incident in Florida, in the 2000 election. They have also had ongoing issues with security. In 2007, the US Committee of Foreign Investment forced Smartmatic to sell Sequoia. A management buyout followed. In 2010 Sequoia were purchased by the Canadian company Dominion Voting Systems.
In 2014, Antonio Murgia got together with Lord Mark Malloch-Brown to form a holding company called SGO Corporation Ltd, whose headquarters are in London, UK. Their primary asset is Smartmatic. Lord Malloch-Brown is Chairman of SGO. Murgia is the CEO of Smartmatic. Although Smartmatic have run elections in Utah and Los Angeles, their footprint in the US remains small. Worldwide, they supply voting machines, voting systems and support services. In 2017 they became embroiled in charges of vote fixing in the Venezuelan elections. You can read about that here.
In June 2018, Smartmatic was named as a founding member of the DHS Council to protect election integrity and security. This was following a decision by the DHS in 2017 to designate elections systems part of the nation’s critical infrastructure. In Feb 2019, Edwin Smith, Smartmatic’s Global Services Director for the US was elected to the Executive Committee of the DHS Election Infrastructure Sector Coordinating Council. This is interesting because this is the same council that disputed President’s Trump’s claims of election interference:
If we follow the breadcrumbs from Smartmatic to SGO we end up back at Lord Malloch-Brown. He just so happens to sit on the Board of Directors of George Soros’ Open Society Foundation. In terms of free and fair elections it’s never good when the name George Soros crops up. Most recently, think Ukraine. Obviously we’re not proving anything conclusively here, but the apple never falls far from the tree. Equally, we have a link between Smartmatic and Dominion, through Sequoia, although this is rather tenuous. We also don’t know for sure how Dominion is funded or who the shareholders are. What we are uncovering are a lot of foreign companies who have a say in the outcome of the US election. I wonder, if like me, you’re beginning to think that this might just constitute ‘foreign interference’…