Sanders Campaign Says Voter Data Access Issue Resolved

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The Democratic National Committee on Friday capitulated and agreed to reinstate Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign’s access to a critically-important voter database.

The about face came late on Friday night as a deadline neared for a hearing on a motion for an emergency injunction which the Sanders campaign sought after he sued the party in U.S. District Court in Washington.

The lawsuit sought the “immediate restoration” of the campaign’s access to the voter database. It argued that without the database, the campaign would lose some $600,000 a day in donations.

The campaign’s access to the database should be restored by Saturday morning in time for the campaign staff and volunteers to contact voters over the weekend.

“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 Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ campaign manager.

“Clearly, they were very concerned about their prospects in court. 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. Transparency at the DNC is essential. We trust they have nothing to hide,” Weaver added.

The DNC decision to let Sanders use his own database came after the national party was barraged with outraged messages from grassroots supporters of Sanders. There were more than 214,800 people who signed an online petition to the DNC circulated by Sanders’ campaign. collected another 250,000 petition signatures and Democracy for America collected 100,000.

Earlier on Friday, Democracy for America issued a statement from Executive Director Charles Chamberlain saying, “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.”

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5 thoughts on “Sanders Campaign Says Voter Data Access Issue Resolved

  • December 19, 2015 at 8:29 am

    It’s past time for progressives to leave the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party has been corrupt for years. Progressive leaders need to start a new party. We deserve a choice every time we vote. A progressive should be on the ballet on every election. Lesser of the evil voting is sad.

  • December 19, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    I love the way the Sanders campaign immediately seized the initiative, i.e. refused to be pushed around, pushed back aggressively in the media, rallied its supporters, and filed a lawsuit – all in the same day. Now THAT’S the way you deal with a bully!

    So what was the net effect of this little dust-up? Bernie earned the respect of numerous observers by the dignified yet forceful way he and his people handled themselves, further galvanized more support just prior to an important national debate, raised additional funds from the controversy, showed strength and toughness, focused justly-earned ridicule on the DNC, and forced Debbie Wasserman Schultz and cohorts to immediately back down. In other words, the entire fiasco blew up – right in Debbie’s face!

  • December 19, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    Me too! How can we know that Bernie Sanders is winning without factual data backing up how many supporters he has? That sounds like direct censorship to me. I know there are a lot of republicans and long-time supporters of Bernie. All the free speech media I’ve seen stands by that Bernie Sanders now is beating Hillary in the polls over-all but you don’t even hear his name mention on ABC or Fox news at all! This is tyranny and an embarassment to American pride! If we can’t have fair elections at all, then we may as not even be a democracy anymore.

  • December 20, 2015 at 11:45 am

    I very much agree.

  • December 20, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    I’ll have to take issue with that line of thinking, Billy. For progressives to split off from the Democrats to form their own party would be a grave mistake, as it would only scatter and dissipate the opposition to the Republican Party, making it much easier for Republicans to win by default (assuming Republicans don’t fall apart first). This is the very same reason why Reince Priebus, head of the RNC, is terrified that Donald Trump could make good on his threat to run as an independent – because it would virtually assure that our next president is a Democrat.

    The Democratic Party remains a perfectly suitable vehicle for implementing policies…that are actually Democratic, and for winning public office…for actual Democrats. The thing to do isn’t to dissociate from the Democratic Party, then start from scratch. It is to take control of, then reform, the Democratic Party.

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