19 December 2015

Sanders Campaign Gets Data Access Back

It sounds like the DNC blinked, notwithstanding their protestations to the contrary:
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign overnight Friday night reached an agreement on voter data access, after a day of acrimony between the sides.

Even in the wake of a deal, the DNC and Sanders’ team have differing stories on how it was settled.

In a statement shortly after midnight, the Sanders campaign said the DNC “capitulated and agreed to reinstate Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign’s access to a critically-important voter database.”

The statement said that the campaign’s filing of a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Washington brought about the change.

“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,” said Sanders’ campaign manager Jeff Weaver.

In a statement released at about the same time, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz explained the resolution differently, saying it came after the Sanders camp “complied with the DNC’s request to provide the information that we have requested of them.”

“The Sanders campaign has agreed to fully cooperate with the continuing DNC investigation of this breach,” she added.

“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.”
I don't think that anyone with a Glasgow Coma Scale score above 3 believes DWS on this one.

Once the lawsuit was filed, and it was clear that the DNC was violating the terms of the contract, there was a 10 day waiting period required before taking action, and that the optics were rebounding to Sanders' benefit, they had no choice.

Could someone please fire the frowzy headed albatross around the Democratic Party's neck that is Debbie Wasserman Schultz?


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