In the wake of Ricky Vaughn's identity being revealed as Douglass Mackey in April, escalating tensions which had been simmering for sometime, certain questions that had been raised have been left unanswered. Notably so.
Such questions pertain to apparent ties to former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani through then-Senior Advisor Richard Schwartz. Giuliani is currently working for U.S. President Donald Trump's legal team while giving vocal support for regime change in Iran.
Those who knew Mackey online during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, especially in pro-Trump Twitter DM groups, generally had positive views regarding him. The post-election period saw divergent factions emerge, however, typically attributed to drama surrounding the DeploraBall. Events in Charlottesville, Virginia marked a further growth in this divide for a number of reasons, such as the persistent "optics debate."
Mackey's identity was first revealed by Republican candidate for Wisconsin Paul Nehlen, following an episode of Right To Bryden, though underlying disputes with Mackey had occurred beforehand. Nehlen was suspended from Gab due to posting his identity.
Following this, Christopher Cantwell released a document from an organization called "Smartcheckr," dated October 19th, 2017. According to both Cantwell as well as Nehlen, this document outlined services made available to Nehlen by Mackey, such as opposition research.
Schwartz's social media, such as Facebook or LinkedIn, were scrubbed following publicity of these events in early April.
Discussion about Schwartz from both sides soon followed.
Some have also noted the similarity of the name Smartcheckr to that of WeSearchr, speculating that Charles Johnson may somehow be involved, as Schwartz was listed as co-founder.
Schwartz is listed as faculty at the Ducere Business School, beside others such as Anthony Scaramucci.
Richard J. Schwartz was formerly Senior Advisor to New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani. At City Hall, Mr. Schwartz oversaw New York City’s privatization and government reorganization initiatives, including the creation of the City’s Department of Information, Telecommunications and Technology (DoITT). He also directed the City’s $4.2 billion capital construction program and advised the Mayor on education and housing policy. Mr. Schwartz was also responsible for implementing the City’s landmark welfare-to-work program, which has resulted in a reduction of over 500,000 recipients during the program’s lifetime.
Mr. Schwartz has founded numerous organizations including Opportunity America, a welfare-to-work and workforce development consulting company and Clicksafe, an internet filtering technology company. Schwartz is currently the CEO & Co-Founder of City & State Reports. He holds a BA from Columbia University and a Master’s in Public Policy from New York University. He has also served as a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute.
As noted, Schwartz also founded Clicksafe, web filtering software which was utilized by educational institutions. It is unclear whether Schwartz's decades old technology is also used in the operation of Smartcheckr.
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