Ooops!

The Republikkkan National Committee sent thewrong email to reporter Russell Berman.

In a breach of privacy, the Republican National Committee erroneously e-mailed a list that contained the names, races, and Social Security numbers of dozens of top Republican donors — and that identified two of the contributors as Muslim — to this reporter.

In the course of preparing for a Washington fund-raiser on Friday headlined by President Bush, an RNC staffer, Dee Dee Lancaster, intended to e-mail a security list of confirmed guests to other event planners and the Secret Service. But Ms. Lancaster mistyped one of the addresses, and the e-mail wound up in the Gmail account of this reporter.

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The attached spreadsheet of 76 guests included category headings with Social Security numbers, dates of birth, and “race.” The race of all but three were listed as “Caucasian.” One was identified as “Asian,” and the race of two others, Malik and Seeme Hasan, was listed as “Muslim.”

The classification drew criticism from Mrs. Hasan, who founded a group called Muslims for Bush and who, along with her husband, has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Republican committees and candidates in recent years.

“The only word I can think of is not very nice,” Mrs. Hasan said yesterday in a telephone interview from her home in Colorado.

“I think that whoever wrote this obviously has no knowledge, because Muslim is not a race. It is a religion,” she said.

Mrs. Hasan described herself as “a very big Republican supporter” and said she had discussed issued faced by American Muslims several times with President Bush and other GOP leaders. She said later yesterday that she had called the Republican National Committee to protest the labeling of her and her husband, a neurologist and HMO executive.

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Officials said yesterday that errors by both the RNC and the Secret Service had contributed to the inclusion of racial and religious data on the security list. Until a year ago, the Secret Service did require race as part of its standard background check for guests at events involving the president. Following complaints, including one from the White House press corps, the practice ended. But the Secret Service requested racial information for Friday’s luncheon, a spokesman for the agency, Eric Zahren, said.

“It was wrong. It should not have been done,” Mr. Zahren told The New York Sun.

Mr. Bush himself said of racial profiling in July of 2001, “It’s wrong in America, and we’ve got to get rid of it.”

As for the listing of Muslim as a race, the RNC took the blame. “This was an error on the part of a staffer here at the RNC, and it was unfortunate,” a committee spokeswoman, Tracey Schmitt, said. She called the error “regrettable,” but she did not say whether the RNC keeps religious data on its supporters.

Mr. Zahren said the Secret Service “did not request that, and we would not request that.”

3 thoughts on “Ooops!

  1. The perfect confluence of everything that is wrong with the Republican Party…
    Racism Privacy Issues Big Money Donations

  2. I think they’d be more upset some one got their SSN’s instead of being all a tither about their race. I know I would care less if someone listed me as a religion istead of a race when my SSN, name, address, etc. were all there for any dope to read. Can we say identity theft of some BIG money donors? Sheesh, where are these people’s priorities. That email could have asily been sent to ANY one in that person’s address book, even their bookie! Gindy

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