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Pro-Trump Super-PAC Accidentally Reveals Donors’ Credit Cards

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A super-PAC supporting Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump mistakenly published sensitive credit card information of 49 donors in their Federal Election Commission filings Thursday.

The Great America PAC mistakenly included credit card numbers, along with expiration dates, in their mandatory FEC filings. The same group revealed personal phone numbers of 336 of its donors in their previous FEC filing.

The mistake was probably “an isolated software glitch in an otherwise automated process” which transfers information between the PAC and its accounting firm, Great America PAC’s treasurer Dan Backer told The Center for Public Integrity, which first noticed the error.

Backer said he would immediately contact the donors affected, and would even pay for any “long-term extended identity theft monitoring and protection.” Any donors who want a refund “will of course get one,” Backer said.

In a rare move, the FEC removed the filing containing personal credit card information upon Great America PAC’s request.

The FEC filings would otherwise have been good news for Great America PAC, which raised $3.1 million in the month of September, and had around $2.7 million cash on hand at the start of October.

Donald Trump’s campaign officially disavowed Great America PAC in April, but the group has been running TV and radio ads supporting Trump and slamming Hillary Clinton. (RELATED: Report: Pro-Trump Anti-Clinton Spots Dominate Radio For Past Week)

“Going forward, there’s going to be some unpleasant conversations with the compliance staff about these issues,” Backer said.

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