Democratic Donor Reid Hoffman Funds Smartmatic’s Legal Battles Against Conservative News

Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn and a prominent Democratic donor, has invested in Smartmatic, the electronic voting company engaged in high-profile defamation lawsuits against Fox News and Newsmax. This move signifies Hoffman’s deepening involvement in legal actions against conservative media outlets.

Smartmatic has claimed that it was unjustly targeted by false accusations following the 2020 presidential election, which it argues were part of an effort to undermine Donald Trump’s defeat. Although Smartmatic previously stated that no external entities were supporting its legal endeavors, Hoffman’s recent investment changes this stance.

Hoffman, in his statement, lauded Smartmatic’s mission to enhance voting technology and ensure trustworthy elections. He said, “Smartmatic built a global business by using technology to better engage citizens, regardless of party or ideology, by making voting simple and trustworthy. After Donald Trump lost in 2020, however, Smartmatic became a target of the defamatory campaign to overturn his defeat.” Hoffman added that his financial support for Smartmatic also aims to ensure that the truth prevails in court.

Known for his substantial contributions to anti-Trump campaigns, Hoffman has funded multiple legal and media projects targeting conservative entities. This includes supporting E. Jean Carroll’s lawsuits against Trump and backing the MeidasTouch Network, which has been active in promoting left-leaning narratives. Hoffman’s financial support also extended to Fusion GPS, the firm known for the Steele dossier.

Hoffman’s past associations with Jeffrey Epstein have also drawn scrutiny. Despite Epstein’s conviction, Hoffman visited Epstein’s properties, including his notorious Manhattan townhouse. Hoffman has since expressed regret, acknowledging that his association may have delayed justice for Epstein’s victims.

The timing of Hoffman’s investment in Smartmatic is particularly notable as the company prepares for its lawsuit against Fox News. This legal battle follows a significant settlement between Fox News and Dominion Voting Systems, another voting technology company, for $787.5 million. Hoffman’s support highlights his ongoing efforts to influence political and legal outcomes, especially those involving high-stakes defamation cases related to the 2020 election.