Former Obama officials launch progressive tech group

Former Obama officials launch progressive tech group
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Three Democratic operatives are unveiling a new organization Monday aimed at preventing a technology deficit for their party, according to a new report.

Higher Ground Labs plans on providing fellowships for progressive political tech entrepreneurs, Politico said Monday.

The group will also invest in young projects aimed at benefiting presidential and down-ballot Democratic candidates, it said.


Betsy Hoover, the online organizing director for former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaDonald Trump Jr. emerges as GOP fundraising force Trump shows peace through strength works after Obama Wake up, Kanye West MORE’s 2012 campaign, is reportedly one of the operatives.

Former Obama White House special assistant Shomik Dutta is another, Politico said, as is Obama White House deputy chief technology officer Andrew McLaughlin.

McLaughlin is also a former top official at tech companies including Google and Tumblr, Politico noted.

Higher Ground said it has already brought in $1 million in commitments, adding it has also started identifying and committing resources to projects.

Politico added the organization’s board would include such veteran strategists as Jeremy Bird, Obama’s national field director in 2012.

Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau and Michael Slaby, Obama’s chief technology officer during the 2008 presidential race, will also reportedly be present.

The group additionally boasts Organizing for Action executive director Jon Carson and Marlon Marshall, the top organizing official for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton on if Bill should’ve resigned over Lewinsky scandal: ‘Absolutely not’ Electoral battle for Hispanics intensifies in Florida Trump adds campaign stops for Senate candidates in Montana, Arizona, Nevada MORE’s 2016 presidential bid.