State Democratic parties are considering selling information they've gathered about individual voters to credit card companies and retailers, according to a ProPublica report. Excerpt:
For years, state Democratic parties have been gathering information about individual voters' political leanings. They have noted down the opinions voters shared with canvassers -- which candidates they said they supported or their positions on policy issues.
Now, the record of what people told Democratic volunteers may go up for sale -- and not just to political groups. Democrats are looking into whether credit card companies, retailers like Target or other commercial interests may want to buy the information.
We'll speak with Lois Beckett of ProPublica and Ken Martin, chairman of the Minnesota DFL, about the issue on Tuesday, Feb. 5.