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Dawn Pulliam Uses Confidential Data in Mailer
Pulliam signed an agreement to protect the Confidentiality of voter data. It's a promise Pulliam broke
Anne Arundel County Council Candidate Dawn Pulliam used confidential data from the GOP Data Center in a recent mailer attacking her competitors.
The mailer attacks Republican primary opponents Shannon Leadbetter and Cailey Locklair on their voting records. Locklair is attacked for being a former Democrat and Leadbetter is attacked for voting only in the first time in November of 2020. The attack on Leadbetter is seemingly an attack on the fact that Leadbetter was a military spouse.
Pulliam’s piece clearly states that the “Voting records courtesy of the GOP Datacenter”. The problem is that Pulliam’s use of the Data Center info is inappropriate pursuant to the agreement she made to get Daa Center access in the first place.
GOP Data Center users are required to sign a confidentiality agreement in order to use the system. Some of the highlights of that confidentiality agreement include:
The Recipient agrees that the Confidential Information will be kept confidential by the Recipient and by directors, officers, members within the Recipient’s own organization (collectively referred to as “Affiliates”), except with prior written permission, as required by law, or as expressly otherwise permitted by the terms of this Agreement.
It is understood that the Recipient may disclose Confidential Information to only those of the Recipient’s Affiliates who (i) have a need to know, and (ii) are informed by the Recipient of the confidential nature of the Confidential Information and the obligations of this Agreement. The Recipient also agrees to be responsible for enforcing the terms of this agreement as to the Recipient’s Affiliates.
Pulliam and her campaign were required to sign an agreement binding them to protect the confidentiality of the data in GOP Data Center. Instead, Pulliam copied the information onto a lit piece and blasted it into the inboxes of Republican voters across the 7th District.
It is unknown what consequences Pulliam will face for this violation of the confidentiality agreement. The Maryland Republican Party is aware of the matter and is looking into its next steps.
While it may be unclear what consequences Pulliam will face for this confidentiality breach, voters should be aware of this sort of confidentiality breach. If elected, what other confidences would Dawn Pulliam break with voters and county residents?