Former Democratic presidential candidate and Virginia senator Jim Webb backed Bernie Sanders in his fight with the Democratic National Committee on Friday, saying: “Good for Bernie. The DNC is nothing more than an arm for the Clinton campaign.”
Good for Bernie. The DNC is nothing more than an arm for the Clinton campaign. https://t.co/nI0Ua2BPwE
— Jim Webb (@JimWebbUSA) December 18, 2015
On Friday, DNC chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced that the Sanders campaign had “inappropriately and systematically accessed Clinton campaign data” on its NGP VAN system.
“Earlier this week, an incident briefly allowed users on the NGP VAN system to inadvertently access some data belonging to other campaigns,” Wasserman Schultz said. “During this window, over the course of approximately 45 minutes, staffers of the Bernie Sanders campaign inappropriately accessed voter targeting data belonging to the Hillary Clinton campaign.”
Wasserman Schultz said they have 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.”
Jeff Weaver, Sanders’s campaign manager, blamed the committee, saying “this sensitive and important data was compromised because the DNC and its vendor failed to protect it” and accused them of using the situation to harm the campaign in favor of Hillary Clinton’s.
“In other words, by their action, the leadership of the Democratic National Committee is now actively attempting to undermine our campaign. This is unacceptable,” Weaver said.
He added: “We are announcing today that if the DNC continues to hold our data hostage, and continues to try to attack the heart and soul of our campaign, we will be in federal court this afternoon seeking an immediate injunction.”