Steyer aide to resign after the theft of 2020 voluntary data from the Harris campaign in South Carolina

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Aide-de-camp in South Carolina for the year 2020 Democratic presidential Tom Steyer has resigned primary hopeful, after it was discovered that he stole a voluntary data from the campaign of rival candidate Sen. Kamala Harris in California.

Steyer’s campaign confirmed on Monday evening that Dwane Sims, the billionaire candidate Deputy South Carolina state Director, offered his resignation after an internal investigation into allegations that he had campaign data from thousands of contacts from the Harris.

“Last week, the South Carolina, the democratic party voter file access to the Steyer campaign for a short period of time off. When it was resumed, Dwane Sims, a former South Carolina Democratic party staff will have had access to other presidential-campaign data”, Heather Hargreaves, Steyer campaigns manager, said in a statement. “When we first learned about the matter, we have an internal investigation, and Mr. Sims computer wiped, in order to ensure that the data are completely deleted and that there is no access to other campaign data.”


She added: “We understand the sensitivity and importance of these information. We apologize for the South Carolina, the democratic party and the DNC. Tom Steyer and the Steyer campaign extend our deepest apologies to Senator Kamala Harris and her campaign.”

The Steyer campaign noted that the South Carolina Democratic party off, had access for a short period of time, last week, voters files, and when it resumed, was, Sims – as a former employee of the government party had access to information about other presidential candidates in the data. Sims SCDP “[w]called ithin minutes of the realization of this”, and access was blocked according to the Steyer campaign.


But in a story told first reported by The Post and courier, Charleston, officials of the SCDP and the Democratic National Committee, you actually intervened to try in Sims, export the data, which is built up to contain thousands of voter contacts, by Harris ” campaign.

“Our organizers and volunteers work incredibly hard, and as this story notes, our campaign, ‘said a particularly wide field organization operating in South Carolina,'” Ian Sams, of the Harris campaign’s national press secretary, in a tweet. “It is unfortunate that someone would try to steal them, that the work of our team.”


Sims last month, it was announced, as Steyer, Deputy head, South Carolina, which holds the first primary in the South. A month earlier, Sims had worked as a data director for the South Carolina democratic party, a role in which he had access to the proprietary campaign information.


A recent survey by The Post and courier Steyer polling at 5 percent, compared with Harris at 11 percent. The former Vice-President, Joe Biden still holds a commanding lead in the Palmetto state with 30 percent.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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