Politico reports:
Staffers for Senate Republicans’ campaign arm seized information on more than 200,000 donors from the House GOP campaign over several months this year by breaking into its computer system, three sources with knowledge of the breach told Politico… Multiple NRSC staffers, who previously worked for the NRCC, used old database login information to gain access to House Republicans’ donor lists this year. The donor list that was breached is among the NRCC’s most valuable , containing not only contact information like email addresses and phone numbers but personal information that could be used to entice donors to fork over cash — information on top issues and key states of interest to different people, the names of family , and summaries of past donation history… Donor lists like these are of such value to party committees that they can use them as collateral to obtain loans worth millions of dollars when they need cash before major elections…
“The individuals on these lists are guaranteed money,” said a Republican fundraiser. “They will give. These are not your regular D.C. PAC list”… The list has helped the NRCC raise over $77 million this year to defend the House in 2018… Though the House and Senate campaign arms share the similar goal of electing Republican candidates and often coordinate strategy in certain states, they operate on distinct tracks and compete for money from small and large donors.
Long-time Slashdot reader SethJohnson says the data breach “is the result of poor deprovisioning policies within the House Republican Campaign Committee — allowing staff logins to persist after a person has left the organization.”
NRCC officials who learned of the breach “are really pissed,” one source told the site.


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