(DNC) The decision of the Democratic National Committee to suspend access to the presidential campaign Senator Bernie Sanders at a crucial database of voters after a software failure is an “overreaction inappropriate” showing “the leadership of the DNC is actively undermining our campaign, trying, “he said a senior staff member in a press conference Friday afternoon.
Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver said the freeze campaign access to the data of voters, the national party apparatus is essentially “taking hostage to our campaign.”
He said it was “impossible to mobilize the kind of grassroots campaign we have without that data.”
If the DNC does not restore access immediately, Weaver said the Sanders camp will take the party to federal court on Friday afternoon. “They are not going to sabotage our campaign,” Weaver said.
December 18, 2015
(COMMONDREAMS) Critics are crying foul after the Democratic National Committee (DNC) suspended Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign’s access to a crucial voter database just weeks before the first Democratic caucuses.
The penalty stems from a software error that allowed a Sanders staffer to access confidential voter information gathered by the rival campaign of Hillary Clinton, according to the Washington Post, which first reported the incident late Thursday. The staffer has since been fired, the Sanders campaign said.
The Post explains:
“The DNC keeps the master list and rents it to national and state campaigns, then add their own information, proprietary collection by field workers and volunteers. Firewalls are supposed to prevent campaigns visualization of data collected by their rivals.
“NGP VAN, the vendor master file handles, said the incident occurred on Wednesday, while a patch is applied to the software. The process is briefly opened a window to the proprietary information of other campaigns, said the head of the company Stu Trevelyan. He said he will conduct a full audit. ”
The DNC has told reportedly Sanders campaign that access to the data again until an explanation of how the violation occurred is provided as well as guarantees that all data has been destroyed Clinton permitted.
The timing could not be worse. As the Guardian noted, the movement “functionally stops the operation of field [of the campaign].”
Already, a MoveOn.org petition calling on DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz to immediately reinstate the Sanders campaign’s access to the 50-state voter file has gathered more than 85,000 signatures. With the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary less than two months away, “Shutting down Sanders’ tools to reach voters is an infringement on democracy,” the petition reads.
And it smells of favoritism, some defendants, that the hand of a great day for the Sanders campaign, which announced two major endorsements and a milestone fundraising.
Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver said employees “Never download or print any of the data, meaning it is no longer in possession of any proprietary information,” the Post.
Tejedor blame at the feet of NGP VAN – and criticized the DNC for the hiring company, he said the campaign was marked Sanders similar problems with the software for the DNC in the past.
CNN spoke with the fired employee – the national director Josh Uretsky data – who said the rape was an attempt to “understand how badly the campaign data Sanders was exposed” by software error.
“We knew there was a security breach in the data, and we were trying to understand and what was going on,” he told CNN Uretsky.
The incident comes amid criticism that the number and timing of discussions in the Democratic primaries – one of which is taking place this Saturday night, six days before Christmas – is giving an advantage to establishment candidate Clinton.
As Frank Bruni wrote about the debate schedule in the New York Times on Friday: “It sounds to special treatment, and Clinton, who created his own email homemade as secretary of state, can not afford to keep giving voters impression that the normal rules do not apply to her. ”
In short, columnist Greg Sargent said in an opinion piece Friday asking the DNC to restore access to data Sanders voters as quickly as possible: “This is not a way to maintain confidence in the integrity of the process primary.”