By Thomas Madison
Bernie Sanders filed suit today against the Democrat National Committee. Sanders is accusing the DNC of favoring the Hitlery Clinton campaign, denying the Sanders camp privileged information in a massive database of Democrat voters.
Sanders is charging that the DNC is manipulating events to favor Hitlery, while punishing him for no reason. He claims to be losing $600,000 a day from his campaign coffers for every day the DNC denies him access to the voter database.
I would LOVE to see Sanders bolt the Democrat Party, running as an independent, and robbing Hitlery of a HUGE block of votes. That would insure a Trump victory, even if he ran third party himself, presuming, of course that Hitlery is a free woman come election time, not at all a guarantee.
The Donald is enjoying a broad support base of Democrat AND independent crossover voters, as well as record support amongst minority voters.
From Ken Thomas and Lisa Lerer, AP
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic race for president unexpectedly exploded with rancor Friday as Hillary Clinton’s campaign accused rival Bernie Sanders of stealing millions of dollars worth of information about potential voters.
Sanders’ team, meanwhile, accused the Democratic Party of holding his White House bid hostage by temporarily barring it from accessing its own voter data. His campaign filed a lawsuit to get it back and aggressively tried to turn the allegations into a political advantage.
“This information is really key to our campaign and our strategy,” said Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook. “We are particularly disturbed right now that they are using the fact that they stole data as a reason to raise money for their campaign.”
The reaction to the data breach, the depth of which was debated by all involved, tore open an ugly fault line between two camps that had so far engaged in a relatively civil White House campaign.
On the eve of the party’s next presidential debate, it also thrust into the open longstanding suspicions among Sanders and his supporters that the national party is unfairly working to support Clinton’s candidacy.
“Clearly, in this case, they are trying to help the Clinton campaign,” Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver said of the Democratic National Committee.
At issue is an extensive trove of voter information maintained by the DNC. The campaigns are able to add their own information to the database, information which they use to target voters and anticipate what issues might motivate them to cast ballots.
In Clinton’s case, Mook said, the information stored in the database included “fundamental parts of our strategy.”
DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said that on Wednesday the Sanders campaign “inappropriately and systematically” accessed Clinton’s data. She rejected Weaver’s effort to blame the breach on a software glitch and the actions of a small group of rogue staffers, one of whom was fired.
In response, the DNC temporarily turned off Sanders’ access to the database and asked for an accounting of how the information was used and disposed of. Only then will the party make a decision on restoring Sanders’ access, she said.
That decision infuriated Weaver, who said the party had cut Sanders’ team off from the “lifeblood of any campaign.” He added, “It is our information, not the DNC’s.”
Hours later, the Sanders camp filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Washington seeking an immediate restoration of access to the database. Without it, the lawsuit said, the campaign would lose approximately $600,000 in donations a day.
“It’s outrageous to suggest that our campaign ‘stole’ any data,” said Sanders spokesman Michael Briggs. “What is true is the data we collected and need to run a winning campaign is now being stolen from us by a DNC dominated by Clinton people.”
The back-and-forth underscored Sanders’ attempt to cast himself as an anti-establishment upstart willing to take on Clinton, the unquestioned front-runner for her party’s nomination.
Even before the lawsuit was filed, Sanders’ campaign sent a fundraising email to supporters that said his “quick rise in the national polls (has) caused the Democratic National Committee to place its thumb on the scales in support of Hillary Clinton’s campaign.”
Notably, the email made no mention of the campaign’s decision to fire a staffer involved in the breach and Weaver’s admission that the staffer’s actions were “unacceptable.”
Mook responded, “It’s not something to be fundraising off of.”
Firewalls are put in place to prevent campaigns from looking at data maintained by their rivals. But the vendor that runs the system, NGP VAN, said it ran a software patch Wednesday that allowed all users to access data belonging to other campaigns.