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Pro-Trump Super PAC Mistakenly Publishes Personal Info of Donors

Pro-Trump Super PAC Mistakenly Publishes Personal Info of Donors

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By    |   Thursday, 22 September 2016 02:46 PM

A super PAC supporting Donald Trump left hundreds of donors fuming after it mistakenly revealed their names, personal email addresses and phone numbers, according to The Huffington Post.

The disclosure of email and phone numbers was part of a routine campaign finance filing which super PAC, Great America, made to the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday night.

The document identified 336 people who were affected by the "error" which accidentally occurred while electronically sending donor information to the FEC, the Center for Public Integrity reported.

In a letter to the FEC in April, the Trump campaign announced it had formally cut ties with Great America PAC, The Washington Post reported.

Last week, however, Trump's son, Eric appeared at a fundraiser for the group.

Dan Backer, attorney and treasurer for Great America PAC, promised to mend matters quickly.

"We will of course be contacting all affected contributors tomorrow to apologize for the error, and uploading an amended report," Backer was quoted as saying.

Great America's donation accounting services firm CMDI, pointed out "the client had data entry errors" and "we're working with them to fix it."

Meanwhile, several donors who were informed via email about the disclosed information hurled abuses and tirades by phone — at the Center for Public Integrity for informing them of the problem and at Great America PAC for its information disclosure gaffe.

Most of the donors were unpleased with the situation.

"Not happy as the Clinton Mob may use it against me for harassment purposes or worse," said Barbara Troendle of Pensacola, Florida, who has donated $250 to Great America PAC.

"Yes, I am concerned. However, there is not much I can do about what is already public. I will make no more online contributions," Don Paris of Lynchburg of Virginia vowed.

Terry Raineri of San Jose, California threatened to take action against the organization.

"I have forwarded your email to the district attorney's office, consumer protection unit," said Raineri.

In the meantime, Mitch Hanna of Grass Valley, California, who gave Great America PAC $250, said she was not bothered about her personal details being revealed.

"I am fine with it," Hanna said.

According to the report, many of the donors made modest contributions and some identified themselves as "retired" in federal disclosures.

Great America PAC is one of most notable pro-Trump and anti-Hillary Clinton super PACs which was formed in early February and originally called itself "TrumPAC."

Later in February, the group changed its name to Great America PAC after federal regulators warned the organization against incorporating the name of an active political candidate.

Great America PAC has raised nearly $11.2 million through August this year.

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