Bernie Sanders has built more than just a following. He’s amassed the mother of all email lists. Some estimate it contains more than 5 million contacts, which is big, even by presidential standards. That database has allowed Sanders to raise thousands of dollars at the click of a button. But as his candidacy coasts to a close (?), some of his supporters say they want off before the Vermont senator shares their names with the Clinton campaign—or worse yet, the Democratic National Committee.
One such supporter is a software engineer from Los Angeles. Six months ago, he signed up to canvass for the Sanders campaign. A private person, he nonetheless handed over his personal information, figuring it was the price of helping out a candidate he supports. But on the day before the California primary, he posted a plea on Reddit that was upvoted more than 4,000 times: “Senator Sanders, Please DO NOT give my info to Hillary or the DNC.”
I just saw something on MSNBC where Mr. Mook [Clinton’s campaign manager] said they are reaching out to Sanders’ campaign for their support and help/assistance. Now, I can't speak for the rest of the Sanders' supporters, but I will tell you that I only came out for Bernie and have always kept my distance from providing too much information to the DNC.
So, please Bernie, don't give them my personal data. Thanks.
“I just want to sort of be able to go back into the telephone booth and change back into my regular clothes and go back into my life,” the redditor said later in a phone interview, who asked to remain anonymous for the same reasons why he doesn’t want his personal data shared with other campaigns. “I was hesitant to give out any data, and so the data I did give out, like so many other things, was done early on in the process, naively.”