“Unsung Hero of 2004 Campaign,” by Raider, Argus v. Thune, 19 March 2005, http://argusvthune.blogspot.com/2005/03/unsung-hero-of-2004-campaign.html.
“Herseth ID Program,” by John Lauck, South Dakota Politics, 20 March 2005, http://southdakotapolitics.blogs.com/south_dakota_politics/2005/week11/index.html#a0004026005.
“Herseth ID Program,” by Chad M. Shuldt, Clean Cut Kid, 21 March 2005, http://www.cleancutkid.com/2005/03/21/herseth-id-program.
“The comments about a ‘virus’ definitely are suspicious,” by Dan, Clean Cut Kid, 21 March 2005, http://www.cleancutkid.com/2005/03/21/herseth-id-program.
“** Exclusive ** DCCC Sources Confirm: Herseth Approved “Masking” Plan,” by Raider, Argus v. Thune, 21 March 2005, http://argusvthune.blogspot.com/2005/03/exclusive-dccc-sources-confirm-herseth.html.
“Covering Her Right Flank,” by Jon Schaff, South Dakota Politics, 21 March 2005, http://southdakotapolitics.blogs.com/south_dakota_politics/2005/week12/index.html#a0004031162.
Ex-Senator, Wanted Fugitive, and Computer Crime Victim?
The news broke.. did Representative Herseth (D-SD) unleash a virus against Senator Daschle (D-SD)?
Herseth instructed Cari to initiate a complicated computer subterfuge on the Daschle Voter ID program. Using a cryptic formula developed by a Cari staffer – the Herseth campaign downloaded a “virus” into the South Dakota Democratic voter turnout program that “masked” Thune/Herseth voters as Daschle/Herseth voters.
CCK was very dubirous
Before I go further, readers of this site need to understand I worked for Senator Daschle during the 2004 campaign. In fact, I managed the computer program that is being discussed. I knew exactly how many Daschle IDs were on that file from hour to hour as results from the field were being data entered into the system. The field staff, who had responsibility for a given area or county, were well aware of how many voters they had IDâ€™d as Daschle supporters â€” they had to because they were responsible for reporting their numbers nightly. We took this very seriously â€” to the extreme. Accountability was the mantra of the field program. Add to this the fact the organizers were always running new lists, calling and knocking their voters every night. We talked to voters so much, the organizers literally had personal relationships with them â€” if a block of voters suddenly shifted allegiences, it would not have gone unnoticed.
With that said, there were constant checks in place on the data itself. Server logs were reviewed daily â€” sometimes spending up hours tracking down suspicious activity, and talking to the users in question when necessary. When something looked out of place, we reconstructed the situation and were able to verify that nothing out of the ordinary was happening. The scrutiny placed on activity increased exponentially as Election Day neared.
The bottom line here is that what some are saying is simply not true. If what is being written were true, there would have been a sudden â€œjumpâ€ in the number of IDâ€™d Daschle supporters on the voter file â€” this never happened. It would have raised eyebrows late in the campaign for a myriad of reasons. The field staff would have asked questions about why it had happened because of their obsession with their own numbers and meeting their goal. When management looked at their daily reports, they would have noticed the shift right away; and everyone one would have been skeptical because we knew what our capacity for IDing new supporters was.
The Silent Pain of Political Computer Crime?
as was I
The comments about a â€œvirusâ€ definitely are suspicious. Similar to claims about â€œhackingâ€ in Congressional computers. Probably someone did something, and they are describing it with a a scary-sounding, tangentially related, but incorrect word to an ignorant public.
Now, instead of “virus,” it’s called “masking” — but what does that mean??
Washington D.C. sources close to DCCC Mastermind Peter Cari – confirm that Rep. Stephanie Herseth (D-SD) personally approved the computer software “masking” program that allowed resources dedicated to the re-election of former Majority Leader Thomas A. Daschle (D-SD) to turn out Thune/Herseth voters.
In the rising storm of controversy – sources say Herseth was stinging from her experience in 2002 where operatives running Sen. Tim Johnson’s (D-SD) GOTV turned out scores of Johnson/Janklow voters. Herseth vowed this would never happen again.
Herseth feud with Daschle goes back…
Another insider says that Herseth was angry in 2002 when the Johnson campaign, run by the same folks who ran the 2004 Daschle campaign, refused to get out Herseth/Thune voters in order to save Johnson’s hide by 500 votes. Perhaps this time, Herseth wasn’t taking any chances.
Possibly because Herseth is a Republican?
Stephanie Herseth, National Rifle Association Endorsee
Stephanie Herseth voted “Yea” on the bill staying the death of Terry Schiavo.
Update: More on South Dakota Politics. Now it’s
a virus masking uploading with a cryptic tag
In addition, we also have a Thune-Daschle-undecided ID for each of those 20,000 people (who are either supportive of Stephanie or undecided). DCCC apparently sold to the Daschle campaign the positive Daschle IDs. But, our data also includes approximately 7,000 probable ticket-splitters (Thune-Herseth). We have not shared this data with the Daschle campaign. My puzzle is to figure out how to utilize those 7,000 ticket-splitters without sharing them with the Daschle campaign. I may upload them onto the Daschle database â€“ but with a cryptic tag.