Tom Pérez Taps Howard Dean to Lead Voter Data Project, Ending Fight with States
DNC Chair Tom Pérez has tapped Howard Dean -- a former presidential candidate, Vermont Governor, and DNC Chair -- to head a new data exchange operation to use voter data to drive Americans to the polls. The arrangement would allow the national party, state parties, and independent political action groups on the left to share voter data in real time during campaigns. Dean’s appointment seeks to quell more than 18 months of in-fighting between the DNC and state party officials over voter data. State party leaders on Wednesday approved the arrangement. “This is game-changing for how we do business for years to come across the Democratic Party ecosystem,” Pérez told the AP. Regular Beat readers will recall that Pérez and the national party had wanted to upgrade the data sets, adding information such as email addresses, social media accounts, and mobile phone numbers -- mimicking the RNC’s data project, where they would set up a separate trust to warehouse the information and license it to all members of the party and allies, including super PACs and other outside groups. But the Association of State Democratic Committees rejected that idea and instead proposed to members that state parties cut out the DNC altogether. This deal is the result. More here.