Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign has received more incredibly bad news by having been suspended from accessing the Democratic National Committee’s voter files, according to a CNN report on Friday. The reason for the hard measure against the 2016 Democratic presidential hopeful is that Sanders’ campaign accessed Hillary Clinton’s data. That, of course, is not something that Sanders and his people are allowed to do, ethically, and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) has suspended Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign from accessing the Committee’s valuable voter database. The Committee asserts that Sanders’ campaign took advantage of a software error to unethically access Clinton’s confidential voter information.
Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state under President Barack Obama and the former New York senator as well as former first lady, is the Democratic front-runner in the 2016 presidential campaign at this time. Due to practically every poll around, Clinton is trouncing Sanders. Now, the suspension will be an even more tremendous setback for the senator from Vermont. It will be a setback for him because the database is a goldmine of information about American voters throughout the country. Traditionally, presidential campaigns and their candidates have used the valuable data to make their plans while campaigning.
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) database that was compromised by Sanders’ people holds the information gathered by different campaigns separated by a technological firewall. However, the data systems vendor in charge of functioning the program dropped the firewall for a short amount of time on Wednesday. During that brief period of time, Sanders’ campaign troops took advantage of the misstep and accessed the data.
Sanders people claim that just one staffer has been dismissed over the matter. Now, Sanders’ spokesperson Michael Briggs claims that such behavior by a Sanders staff member is unacceptable. He is also the person who claims that one of the Sanders’ staffers has been fired over the incident. While the Sanders’ camp isn’t giving much more in detail over the incident, the New York Times asserts that the staffer had a high-up position as the campaign data director.
This is not the first time the firewall has failed, but it appears to be the first time its failing has been blatantly abused by a candidate or its supportive staff. While the Clinton campaign data was exposed, searches were run from four user accounts. Of course, it’s difficult to pinpoint the extent of the violation as one person could have had more than one user account. No doubt, this infraction and the suspension by the DNC will be a tremendous burden on the already extremely faltered campaign of Sanders.
He lags incredibly in most every poll behind Clinton. He currently lags at around 30 percentage points. Obviously, with the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primaries just weeks from now, this infraction by Sanders’ people is a serious blow. Sanders camp will remain suspended until it can give the DNC a full explanation of the incident. It must also give proof that any accessed-data has been discarded. This, of course, will take time and will give Sanders’ flailing campaign yet another blemish to deal with among the nation’s leftist voters.