Democratic National Committee Punishes Bernie Sanders For Their Own Technical Mistake; Sanders
Threatens To Sues
from the turmoil dept
And, now the Sanders campaign is threatening to sue the party, claiming that this move could undermine his entire political campaign.
Yes, accessing a competitor's data seems questionable, but again remember that the mistake here appears to be because of the DNC itself -- or, rather, its computer system vendor NGP VAN. If there's a problem, the DNC should take it up with NGP VAN who fucked up and made the data available across campaigns. That's a pretty big mistake, given the stakes. But to blame the Sanders campaign seems pretty questionable. Yet, the DNC apparently has decided to go full bore against the Sanders campaign instead of admitting to its own error:
DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz weighed in with a statement of her own.In a separate interview, Wasserman Schultz further attacked the Sanders campaign:
"Once the DNC became aware that the Sanders campaign had inappropriately and systematically accessed Clinton campaign data, and in doing so violated the agreement that all the presidential campaigns have signed with the DNC, as the agreement provides, we directed NGP VAN to suspend the Sanders campaign's access to the system until the DNC is provided with a full accounting of whether or not this information was used and the way in which it was disposed," she said.
“The Sanders campaign doesn’t have anything other than bluster at the moment that they can put out there,” she told CNN on Friday. “It’s like if you found the front door of a house unlocked and someone decided to go into the house and take things that didn’t belong to them.”To some extent, this sounds like the ridiculous legal fights over the CFAA, over what is and what is not "exceeds authorized access" (just wait until the DNC files CFAA claims against the Sanders campaign...). But separate from that, it really looks like the DNC is not just playing favorites with the Clinton campaign here, but so actively trying to blame its own technical failures on the Sanders campaign as to make itself look ridiculous.
Update: Well, that didn't take long. The Sanders campaign has sued the DNC alleging breach of contract (Sanders and the DNC have a contract allowing the campaign access to the system) as well as negligence for letting NGP VAN screw things up so badly.