New information obtained by SaraACarter.com shows that Robert Atterbury, Rep. Nadler’s senior advisor, has allegedly marked Herzog and Boylan as “deceased” on NGP VAN, a privately-owned voter database and web hosting service provider used by the Democratic Party, Democratic campaigns and other non-profit organizations affiliated with the party.
“Nadler’s senior advisor Robert Atterbury has marked us as ‘deceased’ in NGP VAN, violating terms of service and potentially contributing to voter suppression,” Said Jonathan Herzog
Rep. Jerry Nadler’s senior advisor has allegedly marked Nadler’s primary challengers, @JonathanHerzog5 and @LindseyBoylan, as “deceased” on NGP VAN, a privately-owned voter database and web hosting service provider used by the Democratic Party. Story to follow @SaraCarterDC pic.twitter.com/EQjNJqwv1Y
— Logan Ratick (@Logan_Ratick) June 11, 2020
According to NGP VAN records, Herzog, 25, was marked as deceased by “R. Atterbury” on May 22, the same day Herzog trended on Twitter and forced the first televised debate in the history of New York’s 10th Congressional district. Boylan was also designated as deceased on the same day by “R. Attebury.”
“Nadler’s senior advisor Robert Atterbury has marked us as ‘deceased’ in NGP VAN, violating terms of service and potentially contributing to voter suppression,” Herzog told this reporter.
SaraACarter.com has reached out to Nadler’s campaign for a statement but has yet to respond to numerous emails, calls and voice messages. This story will be updated if the Congressman or his staff reply to our requests for comment.
— Rep. Nadler (@RepJerryNadler) March 29, 2019
Boylan and her team also spoke to SaraACarter.com about this situation.
“Any time someone is marked deceased, you can see the user who did so and the date they were marked deceased,” Boylan’s campaign field director told this reporter.
WOW, @RepJerryNadler‘s sr advisor Robert Atterbury marked me & my staff @activatednyc @jordanjayson @ChapmanJamo dead in the voter database. You’re being paid with tax dollars. Your team has more important things to do at this moment than mark your political opponents dead. pic.twitter.com/cfALQaFg40
— Lindsey Boylan (@LindseyBoylan) June 5, 2020
Her campaign followed up with NGP VAN to ask if other people had been marked deceased and they said Herzog.
“I intend to follow up with this from a legal standpoint after the primary. It represents the worst in our politics when people do this,” Lindsey Boylan told this reporter. “It’s either incredibly nefarious or incredibly stupid and I would love to know which Congressman Nadler’s staff would like to claim.”
Boylan says another issue in Washington, D.C. politics is that some Congressional staffers are also working on the campaigns of the representatives they work for.
“There were many other administrative markings that their staff could have put on that wouldn’t have meant that me and my staff are dead to the world,” Boylan added. “What Robert Atterbury did was make us dead, for all intents and purposes, and there are other things he could have done to eliminate us from universal mailing.”
New York’s primary is scheduled for June 23. A federal judge ordered the reinstatement of the state’s presidential primary, ruling that its cancelation was a violation of voters’ constitutional rights. Herzog and his mentor, Andrew Yang, joined in on the suit.
Moreover, Google is the one of the largest PAC contributors (along with Facebook and The Walt Disney Company, which owns ABC) to Rep. Nadler’s campaign. Google has contributed over $7,000 to his campaign.
Nadler, 72, currently serves as Chair of the House Judiciary Committee and has oversight over anti-trust enforcement and federal law enforcement. The U.S. Department of Justice is about to file an anti-trust lawsuit over Google’s monopoly of the $162 billion ad market.
Hm. Interesting. @Google is the biggest contributor to @RepJerryNadler. @EzraFriedlander. Murder hornets are a nice touch 🐝. Primary in 33 days. #YangGang @AndrewYang @JeffKurzon @FBI @JusticeOIG @WeAreSinclair pic.twitter.com/CtSBWrUDej
— Jonathan Herzog 🧢💙🌊 (@JonathanHerzog5) May 20, 2020
“If you Google my name or my attorney’s name (Jeff Kurzon) on a computer and hit the ‘news’ tab, click through the pages and you will see hundreds of remaining violent headlines improperly indexed to our names and Andrew Yang’s name,” said Herzog.
Kurzon was the lawyer in the federal lawsuit which won in the Southern District of New York and on appeal in the Second Circuit that restored New York’s Democratic presidential primary, which allowed Yang to get on the ballot.
Herzog added that they have evidence that “the same headlines persist across domains worldwide, including Europe, where the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) applies.”
According to his LinkedIn page, Atterbury has served on Rep. Nadler’s staff since March 2015.
New York’s 10th Congressional district, which includes neighborhoods in the New York City boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn, among them the Upper West Side, Financial District, Midtown Manhattan, Greenwich Village, Tribeca and Borough Park, is an area that contains many small businesses, including restaurants, that have been hit hard by the economic fallout from the pandemic and lockdown orders.
Rep. Nadler is scheduled to participate in a televised debate against both Herzog and Boylan on Spectrum News NY1, which will air the evening of June 17.