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“Democrats are taking a page from the GOP playbook that amounts to if you can’t beat them, join them. For years Republicans have relied on Data Trust, also a private company, to serve as an exchange operation for GOP campaigns, committees and conservative outside groups.

Initially, Democrats argued that Republicans were breaking laws prohibiting campaigns from coordinating with these outside groups. The Federal Election Commission declared that GOP candidates were merely accessing voter files and other information that Data Trust held without any knowledge of which groups were providing them the data.”

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