The conservative activist behind Trump’s bogus ‘millions of illegal voters’ claim

Source: Sue Sturgis, Facing South, November 30, 2016

….Where did the bogus information come from? Politifact traced it back to the Twitter account of one Gregg Phillips:
Tweets by Phillips on Nov. 11 and Nov. 13 said that “we have verified more than 3 million votes cast by non-citizens” and that Phillips had “completed analysis of database of 180 million voter registrations. Number of non-citizen votes exceeds 3 million. Consulting legal team.”

Phillips refused to discuss his claims in detail with Politifact, saying he’s not yet ready to release his supporting information publicly. When asked by the British online newspaper The Independent to discuss his evidence, Phillips refused. “We will release it in open form to the American people,” he said. “We won’t allow the media to spin this first. Sorry.”

So who is Phillips?

A resident of Texas with a business degree from the University of Alabama, he’s the chairman and CEO of AutoGov, an Austin-based company that makes software to help hospitals, nursing homes and other health care organizations decide whether to admit Medicaid patients. He founded the company in 2004 following an 18-month stint as executive deputy commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, which oversees Medicaid and SNAP food benefits. Phillips played a key role in crafting 2003 legislation to privatize parts of the Texas safety net and came under fire for conflicts of interest and cronyism there and in a similar position he held in Mississippi, as the Houston Chronicle reported…..