Jeff Weaver, Bernie Sanders’ campaign manager will not cower to DNC
The DNC has picked the wrong campaign to mess with. A campaign staffer was fired for accessing Hillary Clinton’s voter files. There was a bug in the NGP VAN software that allowed that access. Josh Uretsky, the fired Bernie Sanders’ campaign staffer claimed they accessed the data to point out that the problem they reported several months back was still there and put their data at risk as well.
The Huffington Post reported the following:
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic National Committee temporarily barred Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign from accessing the DNC’s voter file after a software error allowed at least one member of Sanders’ staff to look at Hillary Clinton’s private campaign information, a spokesman for the campaign said Friday.
Sanders spokesman Michael Briggs told The Associated Press that the campaign had fired a staff member who reviewed the data, but blamed a vendor who runs the DNC’s voter database for making “serious errors.”
The DNC maintains an extensive list of voter information and rents it out to campaigns, which update it with their own data. The data allows campaigns to target likely voters and anticipate what issues might motivate them to support a candidate.
“The Democratic National Committee’s decision to attack the campaign that figured out the problem, rather than go after the vendor that made the mistake, is profoundly damaging to the party’s Democratic process. DNC leaders should immediately reverse this disturbing decision before the committee does even more to bring its neutrality in the race for President into question.” — Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America
Bernie Sanders’ campaign manager, Jeff Weaver says if the campaign is not given access to their data very soon, the campaign will be taking the DNC to federal court. Weaver said this is their data collected with the contribution and hard work of their supporters. He said the Bernie Sanders campaign is being held hostage by the DNC.