An aide with presidential candidate Tom Steyer’s presidential campaign in South Carolina used an account from his previous work with the state Democratic Party to steal volunteer data gathered by Sen. Kamala Harris’ (D-Calif.) campaign, according to the Charleston Post and Courier.
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) said they caught Steyer’s deputy South Carolina state director Dwane Sims in the act of attempting to export Harris’ campaign data, including volunteer contacts collected during the campaign, according to the newspaper.
South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Trav Robertson told the newspaper that the party has sent Sims a cease-and-desist letter and confirmed he destroyed the misappropriated data.
“We take this matter very seriously, and that is why we immediately worked with the DNC to disable this employee’s access” to the database, Robertson said. “It is critical that the Steyer campaign take immediate action regarding their employee.”