DNC No Longer Feels the Bern After Sanders Drops Breach Lawsuit


Bernie Sanders usually fights against big banks and Wall St. but he recently scuffled with the Democratic National Committee over access to voter data.

Bernie Sanders’ campaign, Bernie 2016 Inc., recently withdrew a lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee, which alleged that the DNC in December 2015 restricted the Sanders campaign’s access to voter data—such as demographic and geographic data, e-mail addresses, telephone numbers and voting history—because a campaign staffer allegedly viewed confidential Clinton campaign voter data. 

The DNC restored access for Sanders a day after filing the suit but the litigation continued as the Sanders campaign asserted losses of $600,000 per day by not accessing the DNC voter data. 

After an internal investigation, the Sanders campaign found that they didn’t steal “any voter file data” or had access to “Clinton campaign ‘strategic road map.’” The Sanders campaign blamed the DNC for security failures that allowed four campaign staffers—who were fired—to have “extremely short-lived access” to the voter data. 

The campaign still implores that the “DNC make it a top priority to prevent future data security failures in the voter file system,” as it is an “unnecessary distraction to the democratic process.” 

U.S. elections have also had cybersecurity issues in the past. 74 percent of declared Republican and Democratic presidential candidates’ websites failed to adequately protect visitors’ privacy.  

Hopefully both parties shore up their data security before they really feel the burn from an outside cyberattack.

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