Sanders Sues Democratic National Committee Over Data Access

  • DNC cut off Sanders campaign access to its voter database
  • Suit filed in Washington court as rift within party widens

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, the Democratic Party’s chief rival to front-runner Hillary Clinton for its 2016 presidential nomination, sued the party’s national organization after his campaign was cut off from a voter database.

The Sanders campaign complaint was filed late Friday at a U.S. court in Washington, hours after the senator’s campaign manager accused the Democratic Party establishment of trying to undermine Sanders’s candidacy.

“Voter data is vital to fundraising and voter identification efforts for all presidential candidates,” the Sanders campaign said in the complaint. The campaign said it raised more than $2.4 million from Dec. 14 to Dec. 16, mostly by relying on the data.

Sanders campaign staffers are accused of exploiting a temporary glitch in the DNC voter database earlier this week to access lists created by the Clinton campaign. Sanders’s campaign fired national data director Josh Uretsky while the DNC blocked the senator’s organization from further access to its information.

A statement issued by the Vermont senator’s organization announcing the filing of the lawsuit added that a request for injunctive relief would be filed with the court later Friday. The campaign is already asking the court for an order compelling the DNC to restore its voter information access.

The case is Bernie 2016 Inc. v. DNC Services Corp., 15-cv-2211, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington)

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