DNC to Restore Voter Database to Sanders Campaign

DNC Donkey BadgeThe DNC will restore access to the voter database following a swift and unprecedented online mobilization of progressives.

Bernie Sanders’ grassroots base has just won a major victory in the battle with the Democratic National Committee. The DNC has bowed to demands to give access to the national voter database back to the Sanders campaign.

According to a tweet from New York Times reporter Nick Corasaniti, the DNC will restore the Sanders campaign’s database access on Saturday morning:

The progressive outrage over the DNC’s decision dominated national news coverage from Friday morning to late evening. A MoveOn petition launched early Friday morning gained over 250,000 signatures in less than 24 hours. A similar petition by Robert Reich — former Secretary of Labor for the Bill Clinton White House — also went viral. Bernie Sanders’ campaign also launched a petition demanding the DNC restore access to the voter file, in addition to taking the DNC to court over the matter.

The snafu began when Josh Uretsky, former national data director for the Sanders campaign, noticed a security breach in NGP VAN, the software responsible for managing the infrastructure of Democratic campaigns. While NGP VAN was installing a patch, internal voter models from other Democratic campaigns were briefly available to one another for a 40-minute window.

Uretsky made copies of the data models and shared them with 3 separate usernames on the Sanders campaign’s NGP VAN account. Uretsky, who was later fired by the Sanders campaign, told MSNBC he knew what he was doing could be tracked in an audit and maintained that he did so with the intent of showing what data belonging to the Sanders campaign could potentially be accessed by the Clinton campaign when reporting the bug to NGP VAN and the DNC.

The DNC’s controversial move will likely be a topic at tomorrow night’s Democratic presidential debate in Manchester, New Hampshire. Sanders will be debating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley Saturday evening at 8 PM Eastern.

H/T USUncut

UPDATE: Here’s a statement from the DNC:

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