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DNC Disciplines Sanders Campaign for Reporting Confidential Data Vulnerability

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Update: Politico reported Friday that Bernie Sanders’ campaign has threatened to sue the DNC for suspending its access to the national voter database. 

 

After the Democratic National Committee became aware that presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ campaign accessed confidential voter information from Hillary Clinton’s campaign, it determined that the Sanders campaign should face consequences.

As a result, the DNC suspended the Sanders campaign’s access to its own voter database, which includes information on voters from across the country.

The breach was brought to light on Thursday after Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ campaign manager, admitted that one of Sanders’ staffers viewed the Clinton campaign’s private voter data. However, he insisted that it was due to a software glitch which allowed the access.

Our campaign months ago alerted the D.N.C. to the fact that campaign data was being made available to other campaigns.
Weaver said none of the data was downloaded, so he believes the Sanders campaign no longer has access to it. He blamed the breach on the software vendor in charge of the DNC’s voter data.

Michael Briggs, a spokesman for Sanders’ campaign, also blamed the vendor, and claimed that “on more than one occasion, the vendor has dropped the firewall between the data of different Democratic campaigns.”

“Our campaign months ago alerted the D.N.C. to the fact that campaign data was being made available to other campaigns,” Briggs said. “At that time our campaign did not run to the media, relying instead on assurances from the vendor.”

Stu Trevelyan, the chief of the vendor NGP VAN, which handles the DNC’s master file of voter data and then disperses it to individual campaigns, told the Washington Post that the breach occurred on Wednesday “while a patch was being applied to the software.”

Briggs said the staffer who viewed the Clinton campaign’s data was fired after the incident, and he claimed that the glitch within the system also made the Sanders campaign’s voter data vulnerable to its competitors.

The suspension comes just before the third Democratic debate, which will be hosted by ABC News and held in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Saturday.

Editor’s note: This article, written by Rachel Blevins, originally published on Truth in Media and may have been modified slightly for publication on IVN.

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414 comments
Rick Robol
Rick Robol

Senator Sanders' campaign has repeatedly exposed the utter corruption of the existing political, social, economic, legal and electoral systems.  Bernie is the only candidate who has consistently called for a Political Revolution to get rigged of the rigged political system.  It makes me sad that Donald Trump has over and over again pledged his loyalty to the Republican establishment-- and yet, some Independents are supporting him.  In my humble opinion, if Trump wants any of the Independent vote, he should get some real backbone instead of hollow rhetoric;  find the guts to emulate Senator Sanders; and start calling out the rigged nature of the political, social, economic, legal and electoral systems.  

Bill Gray
Bill Gray

I could PhotShopo Hitler with Mother Teresa.

Scott Legg
Scott Legg

Trumps not my boy, my real concern is when they turn on CERN and we lose our ionic protection from the sun and multidimensional portals open. Humanity is not ready for this. The sun is hollow it's a transformer stuck in a dimensional tug of war and fusion only occurs in the flares. More sightings of beings is happening because the gates have been opened and I now believe there is a master designer called God.

Gary Heck
Gary Heck

What they have against him is he can't be bought

Miguel Chavarria Jr
Miguel Chavarria Jr

Just go Independent Bernie screw the DNC they are just one side of a two headed snake.

Deborah Cleveland Johnson
Deborah Cleveland Johnson

Hilly seemed willing to forgive and forget when Bernie mentioned the probability that her campaign accessed his data, and the need for an independent review.

Irene Palmer
Irene Palmer

It's a dog eat dog campaign folks....the 2 Democratic candidates are cheating against each other.....and you want these people who can't be trusted to play fair in a leadership capacity..ugh ugh no for me.

Deirdre O'Hara
Deirdre O'Hara

New world order is Hillary? Wasn't it your boy Trump who wanted to go beyond monitoring our cookies and our record of purchase but make Americans show papers about their religious affiliations? Oh and send them packing (to where I am not certain because they are citizens) or rather not let them back into the U.s.? New world order corporations have used for years to target their potential market. The NSA is not a Hililary advent.

Tommy Donaldson
Tommy Donaldson

She should be in jail and hes the one in trouble. There sure trying to rig this next election

Deirdre O'Hara
Deirdre O'Hara

I am not certain what the violation was... Corporations have access to your purchases and whatever you do online so how is this any different?

James Franklin
James Franklin

This occurred days after news broke that GOP power brokers are considering a brokered convention- where the ten people who donate the most to the party decide the candidate. We are actively watching the two parties in America commit suicide by publically attempting to rig elections in the United States. That's terrifying.

James Franklin
James Franklin

I haven't donated to them at all and their incessant emails didn't do any favors.

Inna Tysoe
Inna Tysoe

Let's be clear what we are talking about. The DNC, Hillary and Bernie are disagreeing about whether people's e-mails, cell phones, addresses, voting records, and other preferences (teams they support for example) belong to: a) Democratic Party, b) Bernie Sanders; or c) Hillary Clinton. My thought is d) None of the above. But that's just me.

Dawn Lada
Dawn Lada

DEMS have been begging Clinton to run for years. They have no choice but to try and back her...but with an outpouring of the magnate of sanders...you'd think they would take a second look. My vote stands. SANDERS

Russell Leonard
Russell Leonard

I think it is more likely that it was a deliberate effort to make data available to the Clinton campaign that accidentally left the "window" open at a moment when another campaigns staff just happened to be on-line and saw it. I am really curious about the specifics of time of day (night? ;) ) and method of access needed that "mysteriously" created such easy access that required no hacking skills....

Russell Leonard
Russell Leonard

I think it is more likely that it was a deliberate effort to make data available to the Clinton campaign that accidentally left the "window" open at a moment when another campaigns staff just happened to be on-line and saw it. I am really curious about the specifics of time of day (night? ;) ) and method of access needed that "mysteriously" created such easy access that required no hacking skills....

Russell Leonard
Russell Leonard

I guess my question is exactly what data are they keeping about voters (i.e. You and Me) that should be considered confidential, and should they even have it?

Aaron Virkler
Aaron Virkler

I always hear the excuse "you're paying taxes anyway, why not put them to good use like education and healthcare?" The fact that you are ok with paying a third of your paycheck to the government is absurdly un-American. Why not advocate for someone who wants to cut them down to a reasonable 14.5%? Wouldn't that make the middle class stronger? And if you're ok with a socialist system of healthcare, I suggest you talk to someone who has received "care" from a VA hospital recently.

Bill Hegedus
Bill Hegedus

Who's campaign has the big $$ backing it?

Joann Young
Joann Young

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Scot Beattie
Scot Beattie

Carole Pica Pittman lol lol says the woman whose whole FB page is nothing but "Cookie jam" and "Farmheroes saga". Lol lol yeah I'm going to listen to anything YOU have to say... wow.

Kevin E Hölmeş
Kevin E Hölmeş

how dare Sanders do something transparent and fair. shame on him for exposing truths. *hand slap*

Carole Pica Pittman
Carole Pica Pittman

Scot Beattie Yeah, Bernie. go go go - all the way some other country and run for the presidency there

Carole Pica Pittman
Carole Pica Pittman

If you want to elect Bernie, you might want to live in Venezuela or another Socialist country. It has no place in the US govt

Gail Goodwitch
Gail Goodwitch

This is what the average citizen deals with daily. We fear reporting things for fear the authorities will instead come after us instead of hearing our complaint or doing an investigation. Faith in Justice is lost

Carl Metler
Carl Metler

Very simple. The DNC is corrupt and doing everything in its power, legal and moral or not, to sabotage Sanders campaign and bust Hillarys.

Ken Hald
Ken Hald

Perhaps the DNC set a trap for Bernie's campaign?

Maurice Azevedo
Maurice Azevedo

That is just like that bitc# to run to her friends in the liberal media.

Krys Bear
Krys Bear

Feels like the DNC is trying to unfairly influence the election process. A two party system is far to restrictive in terms of choice, perhaps it is time for a third to emerge with Sanders at the helm.

Kevin Cyr
Kevin Cyr

The breach occurred in the Bernie Sanders campaign office and was reported to the DNC two months ago. DWS in her pro H way decided to make an issue of the matter after U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders took the lead in NH, came within 9 pts of H in Iowa. Received over 2 million campaign donators, and the backing of the Communications Union. This also occurred before tonight's debate, which by the way, the DNC buried on the Sat night before Christmas when few people are home to watch. This is the type thing that cheaters and crooks would do and speaks volumes about the REAL way politics is run today. Needless to say the DNC has now invigorated an already vigorous campaign against the Status quo in today's politics. The Political Revolution now has more backing than ever and following the antics of the DNC and Clinton campaign we will Surge ahead and make sure H and DWS are Never Elected to any position Again! Bernie Sanders for President 2016

Barbara Herrera
Barbara Herrera

Corrupt lying crooks DAMoCRAPs. I do not like you lying "freebies for all" idiot, Sanders but watch out Clintons don't play fair. Regardless if I like you or not you should have a fair chance just like Trump and other candidates. Sick of the corruption going on in politics.

Robert Osborne
Robert Osborne

The fact that a breech was allowed had nothing to do with the Sanders campaign. However the timing is suspect. (just prior to the Dem. debate.) Clinton expects support from the DNC against this "Independent" upstart. If an independent can win the nomination after having to run on another parties ticket due to rules and laws, then there will be a lot of changes in voter rules and loss of power for the DNC and RNC. Bottom line: The fault lies with the Vendor and the DNC.

Charles Page
Charles Page

Anyone thinking Sanders is sane has never watched this mad man give a speech. It reminds me of watching the old movies of Hitler. BS is practically spitting as he flails his arms and screams his dogma.

Jeff Friedman
Jeff Friedman

That's not the only secret they are keeping.

Scott Legg
Scott Legg

The New World Order wants Hillary period. She will win and we are doomed

John Prekop
John Prekop

Strong President & Commander in Chief is what America, her Allies, and our Vet's want & need a Trump landslide right into the White House 2016!

Paul MacDonald
Paul MacDonald

The root of the thing is technical, a software glitch that, as a software engineer, in my opinion is most likely not difficult to fix. But probably not fixed purposely because the data access was enjoyed on the other side (not surprising that Clinton wouldn't have pushed to fix it). And so they brought out the bully tactic of shutting off Sander's team access, wanting to make it sound like that was the right thing to do, assuming most people wouldn't understand the rest of it.

Dan Hutchinson
Dan Hutchinson

Drama, divisive dems fighting in the street, real news! Might get some folks to watch the debate tonight...

Kathy Welch
Kathy Welch

I think Debbie ding bat has made way more out of this by her actions at the DNC. The guy who did it was fired. Consider it over & MOVE ON.

David Allemang
David Allemang

The Democrats should be working together to prevent a republican from being elected (or appointed! ) which would obviously be utterly disastrous.

Randall Morgan
Randall Morgan

Please play fair and do not cheat the cheaters! Oh yeah and dont miss the debate tonight even though the Cowboys are playing!

Charlie Gillis
Charlie Gillis

Because Debbie Wasserman Schultz is a bought and paid Clinton Puppet.

JT Bedard
JT Bedard

Shut your pie hole, jackass.

Connie Atkinson
Connie Atkinson

This is just getting interesting. If both Sanders and Trump get dumped by the crony capitalists of both sides, they should team together and beat the crap out of both parties as an independent ticket. (I wonder if they could suspend total disdain for each other to do something good for the country and break the cronies.)

Phillip D Toledo
Phillip D Toledo

Lol the dnc is broke and they want to run this country? What?