The US chairman of controversial electronic voting company Smartmatic’s Board has been tapped as a member of the Biden transition team. Vice Admiral Peter Neffenger (USCG retired) is a member of the Homeland Security transition committee and was the head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) under the Obama Administration. Smartmatic has links to Dominion Voting Systems. Sydney Powell, General Michael Flynn’s lawyer, has claimed there is evidence that shows Dominion was involved with potential election fraud in the 2020 General Election.
Multiple sources, including Biden’s transition website, list Peter Neffenger as a member of the agency review team under the Department of Homeland Security. Agency review teams are responsible for ensuring a smooth transition between administrations. Neffenger is listed as a volunteer for the Biden agency review team.
So, why care about Smartmatic’s Board Chair joining the Biden transition team?
Well, according to Politico, authorities in the Philippines charged three of its employees with illegally altering code on an election server during their 2016 national election. Smartmatic was founded by three Venezuelans and was investigated by the Department of Treasury to purchase Sequoia voting systems in 2005. Smartmatic was also reported under investigation by the Department of Justice for bribing the Venezuelan government for contracts in 2006.
Smartmatic also has previously had ties to Dominion Voting Systems, the other major system used in the 2020 General Election. In 2007, Smartmatic sold Sequoia to SVS Holdings, an investment group made up of former Smartmatic-Sequoia officials, after Smartmatic failed to find another buyer. In June 2010, Dominion Voting Systems bought Sequoia from SVS Holdings. PT News Network journalists have covered the potential election fraud issues with Dominion Voting Systems machines and software in previous articles. Dominion Voting Systems were used in 40% of US voters in the 2020 General Election.
It is worth mentioning that Dominion has released a statement regarding the possible connection:
“Dominion has no company ownership relationships with any member of the Pelosi family, the Feinstein family, or the Clinton Global Initiative, Smartmatic, Scytl, or any ties to Venezuela,” the company’s statement read. “Dominion works with all political parties; our customer base and our government outreach practices reflect this nonpartisan approach.”
Smartmatic also denied any connection to Dominion with a statement posted to its website:
“Smartmatic has never owned any shares or had any financial stake in Dominion Voting Systems. Smartmatic has never provided Dominion Voting Systems with any software, hardware or other technology. The two companies are competitors in the marketplace,” Smartmatic’s post read.