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Research 2000 Issues Cease & Desist Letter to FiveThirtyEight

About 15 minutes ago, I was sent a cease and desist demand by Howrey LLP, the lawfirm that Research 2000 has contracted with to defend it against Daily Kos, which is suing it for fraud based on evidence that its polling may have been fabricated.

The cease and desist letter, which is published below, attributes to FiveThrityEight statements that were made by others. It alleges that “you have engaged in a campaign to discredit and damage R2K by posting negative comments regarding Mr. Ali, the Company, and its work products on the “Daily Kos” blog. It further threatens a lawsuit, unless I “immediately cease and desist all such activities, and retract all previous publicly transmitted statements.”

I emphatically stand behind any statements I have made about Research 2000, and will be constrained by nothing other than my common sense and my professional integrity in any comments I should elect to make about Research 2000 in the future.

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Nate Silver founded and was the editor in chief of FiveThirtyEight.