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BALDWIN "RESEARCH FIRM" UNDER FIRE

June 5, 2020

Inside an unassuming office park near Fashion Sq. Mall and the Executive  Airport, a call center buzzes with activity. In response to an online ad, one  of our part time writers went to apply. After accepting the job with the company, he was told the main purpose of his calls would be political polling but that no candidates were being supported through the calls themselves. This of course turned out to be false as he soon discovered. The company used pay cards to conceal their true identity but were also notorious for failing to compensate workers for their time (in this case, our investigative reporter did not receive a dollar from his labor, even though the pay date passed well before this story broke). By the end of the first day, the investigation already turned up puzzling clues to the true nature of the calling center's purpose.

The call center's managers instructed the team to use several fake names, including VRI research among others. The company portrayed itself as Arrow Marketing but no one can be quite sure of the firm's real identity or name. Unbeknownst to most of the employees, the polls being conducted were primarily geared to nudge voters in favor of certain candidates, or in opposition to them.

When our investigator arrived on the scene, his experience in political management served well to help him identify the tactics being deployed. One common trend noticed by our investigative journalist manifested not only in the line of questioning, but who the questions were asked on behalf of. Not a single push poll conducted by the team leaned rightward. All surveys seemed to align with Democratic positions or candidates. When approached by our investigative reporter on these issues, none of the management cared to give a response. Further information will be made available in the coming days if a response is received from management.

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