Bernie Sanders campaign accesses Hillary Clinton data, gets suspended from DNC …

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Alexander Powell: Hillary Clinton not meeting Granite State expectations.

Bernie Sanders of improperly accessing confidential voter information gathered by the rival campaign of Hillary Clinton, according to several party officials. Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ campaign manager, acknowledged that a low-level staffer had viewed the information but blamed a software vendor hired by the DNC for a glitch that allowed them access. The discovery sparked alarm at the DNC, which promptly shut off the Sanders campaign’s access to the strategically crucial list of likely Democratic voters.

Meanwhile, Clinton has played it safe, holding highly controlled, arms-length events, hoping to hold on to her early lead in the polls for most of the race. Clinton, as the establishment candidate, has run a very middle-of-the-road campaign, counting on the votes of lifelong Democrats and her campaign war chest to influence voters through advertisements. Sanders’ appeal to the far left has drawn support from largely new voters, but one point where he has been able to stand out and shine is his economic policy. Though he has received heavy criticism for his perceived socialist views, the polls suggest that Sanders has struck a nerve in New Hampshire, and if Clinton wants to win the first primary in the nation, she’s going to have to lace up her favorite walking shoes and start knocking on doors. The episode has dealt Sanders a strategic blow by cutting his campaign off from the national party’s voter data – a blow that could become devastating if it lasts.

Sadly, the DNC is relying on an incompetent vendor who on more than one occasion has dropped the firewall between the various Democratic candidates’ data. “Sadly, the DNC is relying on an incompetent vendor who on more than one occasion has dropped the firewall between the various Democratic candidates’ data,” he said. Sophisticated campaigns spend millions gathering such information, including how likely individual voters are to cast ballots in primary elections as well as which candidate they currently favor. Maintaining the master list is one of the prime responsibilities of the national party committee, particularly at a time when other outside political groups and super PACs are increasingly taking on roles once served by party committees. Already, in Republican politics, outside organizations have been working to compile master voter lists independently from the Republican National Committee.

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