DNC restores access: Sanders DNC Voter Database
Published: December 20, 2015
DNC restores access: Sanders DNC Voter Database, The Democratic National Committee reinstated Bernie Sanders’ access to the party’s voter database, the Sanders campaign announced early Saturday morning. The decision came late on Friday as a deadline neared for a hearing on a motion for an emergency injunction sought by the campaign.
“We are extremely pleased that the DNC has reversed its outrageous decision to take Sen. Sanders’ data. The information we provided tonight is essentially the same information we already sent them by email on Thursday,” Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ campaign manager, said in a statement.
The DNC had suspended Sanders’ access to the party’s voter database after four of the Vermont senator’s staffers accessed data belonging to rival Hillary Clinton’s campaign. One staffer, Josh Uretsky, the Sanders campaign’s national data director, was fired.
The resulting uproar led to accusations from the Sanders campaign that the party was seeking to “undermine” his White House bid, with the Clinton campaign countering that Sanders had “stolen” its data.
The back-and-forth between the campaigns of the Democratic front-runner and her chief rival came as the candidates are set to gather Saturday night in Manchester, N.H., for the party’s third presidential debate.
The legal action filed in federal court Friday by Sanders argued that the party breached an agreement in preventing the campaign from using a voter data file and and sought “immediate restoration” of its access, damages “presently known to exceed $75,000” and other relief the court deemed “just and proper.”
“Clearly, they were very concerned about their prospects in court,” Weaver said. “Now what we need to restore confidence in the DNC’s ability to secure data is an independent audit that encompasses the DNC’s record this entire campaign.”
DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida congresswoman, said the party was restoring Sanders’ access after the campaign complied with a committee request for information. The DNC will continue to investigate, she said.
“The fact that data was accessed inappropriately is completely unacceptable, and the DNC expects each campaign to operate with integrity going forward with respect to the voter file,” she said in a statement.
On Friday, Wasserman Schultz told CNN that the Sanders campaign “unfortunately doesn’t have anything other than bluster at the moment” and that the DNC would handle the situation the same way if Sanders’ data had been breached.
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