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The Donald Accidentally Raises Almost As Much Money As Marco Rubio; Spends Nothing On Ads

Donald Trump Accidentally Raised Almost As Much As Rubio – Big Government

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Donald Trump’s campaign collected $4 million in the third quarter, roughly the same as Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). The real difference, though, is that Trump’s campaign hasn’t conducted any fundraising efforts.

Almost all of that $4 million total is from “unsolicited” donations. People simply sent his campaign money without being asked for it.

Few stats better explain the topsy-turvy nature of this political season than that fact. Trump has repeatedly said that he wouldn’t be actively seeking donations from supporters to fuel his campaign. He has often implied that he is willing to spend money from his considerable personal fortune, but, to date, hasn’t had to open his checkbook very wide.

Donald Trump contributed $100,000 to the campaign in the third quarter. The more interesting fact, though, is that almost 75,000 people also sent his campaign money, with an average contribution of $50, without any fundraising outreach, solicitation, or even obvious ways to do so.

The result is that Trump, without trying, raised far more than Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY and was largely in-line with major challengers Rubio and businesswomen Carly Fiorina.

Trump has obviously altered the political landscape by maintaining a strong polling lead for over three months with very little campaign spending. He has not spent any money on advertising while others, especially Jeb Bush, have spent millions.

He also doesn’t seem to have spent a great deal on building a campaign organization, although that is likely to change in the coming weeks as voting gets near.

All other candidates for the GOP nomination have large campaign infrastructures. According to the most recent FEC filing, Jeb Bush’s campaign was spending more than $3.5 million each month during the Summer.

Donald Trump has spent the least amount of any of the major candidates. Through the entire campaign so far, Trump has spent just over $5 million total. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who lead some polls in the spring, spent over $7 million in his aborted 71-day campaign.

“While our original budget was substantially higher than the amount spent, good business practices and even better ideas and policy have made it unnecessary to have spent a larger sum,” Trump said in a release.

“To be number one in every poll, both state and national, and to have spent the least amount of dollars of any serious candidate is a testament to what I can do for America,” Trump continued. “This is what our country’s leaders should do for the United States – spend money wisely and win!”

How a candidate conducts their campaign, and spends their resources, says far more about them then statements on the stump.

Walker’s campaign arrogantly got far ahead of its actual support. Jeb has relied on family connections to fuel a very large and expensive organization. Rubio’s impressive turns on the debate stage has so far failed to ignite enthusiasm with voters. Cruz has stuck to a steady, consistent path that has turned in impressive fundraising numbers.

Whatever happens in the nomination fight, Trump has broken new ground in this political campaign. His support, though, may be even deeper and more enthusiastic than the polls suggest. If his campaign can raise $4 million without asking anyone for money, the mind reels to consider what he would raise if he did.

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Oopsie! EPA Accidentally Dumps A Million Gallons Of Toxic Sludge Into Animas River In Colorado

EPA Pollutes River With A Million Gallons Of Toxic Sludge – Downtrend

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You probably heard about the toxic waste spill that polluted the Animas River in Colorado earlier this week. And you likely thought that some evil mining company or heartless corporation was responsible for this environmental disaster. As it turns out, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) were the ones behind this catastrophe. Yeah, the same EPA that Obama uses to kill energy jobs with unrealistic ineffective regulations.

KUNC reports:

A huge spill of hazardous mine waste has contaminated the Animas River, which runs through Durango.

The Environmental Protection Agency says the spill was triggered by EPA employees at the Gold King Mine above Silverton while they were investigating contamination at the mine. They estimate a million gallons of waste spilled from the mine.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a whole lot of detail behind this reporting. There are so many unanswered questions like: how in the f*ck does the EPA trigger a million gallon toxic waste spill by investigating?

I did so more research and found this at The Denver Post:

The Environmental Protection Agency confirmed it triggered the spill while using heavy machinery to investigate pollutants at the Gold King Mine, north of Silverton.

The spill was triggered at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the mine on the upper portions of Cement Creek, about 55 miles north of Durango. The fluid was being held behind unconsolidated debris near an abandoned mine portal, the EPA says. The agency called the release “unexpected.”

As far as I can tell, there was a tailings pond at this particular mine that was full of toxic sludge and heavy metals. The EPA, using heavy machinery, knocked over an earthen retaining wall and all of that nasty crap flowed out of the pond and into the Animas River. If this was unexpected, as the EPA claims, then clearly the agency doesn’t understand the basic laws of physics.

In addition to not getting that liquid flows downhill, the EPA also doesn’t appear to understand what their mission is. Allegedly their job is to protect the environment. That’s two of the three parts of the name of the agency.

Because of this toxic spill there is expected to be a massive fish and wildlife kill. In addition farmers, ranchers, and citizens down river may not draw water until the spill washes away. Whenever that is.

These are the same geniuses that President Obama thinks are going to clean up the environment and make us safe from climate change. I don’t actually believe in the man-made global warming myth, but I do think the sheer incompetence of the EPA could actually trigger such a thing.

If this toxic spill was caused by a company or individual, the EPA would fine the hell out of them. Someone responsible for something like this would be looking at million of dollars in fines and maybe even jail time. Do we think the EPA will fine itself or put their agents in jail over this? Highly unlikely.

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Your Daley Gator WTF Story O’ The Day

Pentagon Accidentally Shipped Live Anthrax To Canada And Australia In Addition To The U.S. – The Verge

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Two defense officials today confirmed that in addition to accidentally sending live samples of anthrax to 28 government and private facilities across the US and army base in South Korea, the Pentagon also shipped the deadly spores to three laboratories in Canada. Investigations into anthrax shipments spurred by the recent discovery of the spores have shown that the US military also sent live samples to Australia in 2008, meaning that suspected live anthrax has now been sent by the Pentagon into three countries, 12 US states, and the District of Columbia.

The anthrax, which was sent from an Army lab at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah, was supposed to have been rendered inactive by Department of Defense scientists before being shipped for research purposes. A senior Defense Department official told USA Today that so far, no-one has been confirmed as infected by the still-alive samples, but BBC News reports that at least four US civilians and 22 military personnel from South Korea’s Osan air base are receiving preventative treatment.

In an email sent on Friday and obtained by USA Today, Daniel Sosin, deputy director of CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, suggested that the Dugway Proving Grounds base’s methods of killing anthrax spores was not entirely effective. “We have concern that the inactivation procedures, when followed properly, are inadequate to kill all spores,” Sosin said, but noted that “the US government is developing an approach to securing such possible samples from misuse.”

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Leftist State’s Attorney From Baltimore Accidentally Charges Innocent Civilians In Freddie Gray Case

Baltimore State’s Atty Marilyn Mosby Charged Wrong People, Wrong Names, Wrong Addresses Of 2 Officers – Gateway Pundit

What a disaster.

Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby charged the wrong people, wrong names, wrong birth dates and wrong address during Friday’s much hyped press conference.

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The six Baltimore officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray are (top row from left) Caesar Goodson Jr., Garrett Miller, Edward Nero and (bottom row from left) William Porter, Brian Rice and Alicia White. (Baltimore Police Department via AP)

Sheriff Mike Lewis shared this information on Hannity on Monday.

“When Miss Mosby stood up in front of the world with her theatrics at her press conference last Friday she charged two of the wrong people. Now, when I say she charged two of the wrong people, I don’t mean she charged two of the wrong officers. I mean she charged the wrong people. Innocent people. Of the six police officers that were charged two of them were charged under the wrong names, the wrong dates of birth and the wrong addresses.

And because of that, reporters went to the wrong addresses of these innocent people, these private citizens and whose lives have now been invaded. They went to their homes, knocked on their doors. They harassed them. They went to their neighbors and attempted to get interviews. And it wasn’t until these innocent people these private citizens contacted their local state’s attorney’s offices that this problem was rectified.”

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The Baltimore Sun reported on the mistake.

When charges were announced Friday against Alicia White for the death ofFreddie Gray, her phone started buzzing from journalists and bail bondsmen.*

The problem was, they were calling the wrong Alicia White. The elementary school cafeteria manager from East Baltimore was not the Baltimore Police sergeant charged with manslaughter in the high-profile police custody death – even though court records listed her.

The middle initial was off. Her address, her height, her weight, her driver’s license number – all of the information was my client’s information,” said Jeremy Eldridge, an attorney who says he has been hired by the resident.

“Her life has been a living hell the past four days,” he said.

An attorney for Lt. Brian Rice said his client’s information was also entered incorrectly when prosecutors filed charges, but declined further comment.

On Friday evening, Tammy and Brian Rice of Brunswick, Md. said they were receiving multiple calls from reporters looking for the lieutenant. Brian Rice of Brunswick is a plumber, they said.

The Baltimore Sheriff’s Office, which assisted the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office in charging the officers, declined to comment and referred questions to prosecutors, who could not immediately be reached.

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Cub Scouts “Accidentally” Hike To Nude Beach

Bare Bottomed Bathers: Cub Scout Nature Hike Includes Nude Beach Visit – Fox News

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Cub Scout Troop 766 got quite an eyeful last month at a California state park when the boys stumbled upon a nude beach during a nature hike.

“I was nauseated because I’ve never seen just a bunch of nude people walking around holding hands, strange people that I don’t know,” chaperone Diane Lekven told CBS 8 in San Diego.

The local television station reported there were dozens and dozens of buck-naked beach-goers on the “clothing optional” stretch of sand.

Some parents still took issue with the fact their boys were taken to a beach filled with bare bottomed bathers.

Mrs. Lekven said the pack master knew exactly where he was taking the boys.

“When I got up there I said, ‘Hey what are you doing? We’re in the middle of a nudist beach,’ He said, ‘this is a naturalist beach, and my family and I go through here all the time. It’s not that big of a deal.’”

Mrs. Lekven told the television station she got “really angry.” Later, she and her husband filed a complaint with the Boy Scouts.

The Boy Scouts released a statement admitting the Cub Scout pack had “encountered some individuals who were inappropriately dressed.”

And by inappropriately, they mean they weren’t dressed in anything except their birthday suits.

The Boy Scouts said the hike was “quickly rerouted to protect the youth.”

The San Diego Imperial Council and pack leadership determined the pack master did nothing wrong.

“Together we concluded that proper protocol had been observed and appropriate steps were taken in this matter,” the statement read.

But some parents still took issue with the fact their boys were taken to a beach filled with bare bottomed bathers.

“I don’t think it’s OK for somebody to not disclose that they’re going to put other people’s children in an environment like this,” she told the television station. “I think it’s wrong.”

“Accidents” like that could be one of the reasons why parents are pulling their sons out of the Boy Scouts. Last year there was a 7.4 percent decline in membership. In 2013 there was a six percent drop.

Meanwhile, a faith-friendly alternative to the Boy Scouts has grown by leaps and bounds since its creation in 2013.

Trail Life USA boasts more than 20,000 members with 538 troops in 48 states – and to the best of anyone’s knowledge they have not taken boys on a hike through a nudie beach.

As far as the scouts are concerned – case closed. And it appears the boys of Troop 766 managed to survive the au naturel nature hike.

I wonder what kind of merit badge they’ll get for that?

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Oopsie! Democrat Governor Jack Markell Accidentally Tweets Picture Of Dominatrix

Democrat Governor Pulls An Anthony Weiner And Tweeted This Picture Of A Dominatrix – Young Conservatives

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Democrat Governor of Delaware Jack Markell tweeted a picture of a dominatrix this morning.

Anthony Weiner so happy it’s happening to someone else…

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Shirley Min
@WHYYShirley_Min

Ummm… Maybe she’s a teacher? @GovernorMarkell

10:32 AM – 4 Sep 2014
48 Retweets – 25 favorites
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Mike Chesney
@MikeChesneyWBOC

All right. Everyone else is posting it. So, here ya go – the inappropriate photo linked in @GovernorMarkell tweet.

11:29 AM – 4 Sep 2014
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Gov. Jack Markell
@GovernorMarkell

An inappropriate photo was inadvertantly sent out earlier. We are looking into how this occurred but apologize to anyone who was offended.

10:48 AM – 4 Sep 2014
34 Retweets – 17 favorites
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I understand making a typo. I understand accidentally putting the wrong link. I don’t understand accidentally tweeting a picture of a dominatrix when you’re a governor. The picture shows up right underneath the tweet whether you are on your phone, tablet, or computer. Somebody saw this picture and then clicked “tweet”, which makes it that much more hilarious.

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Man Calls Power Company To Complain About Service, Accidentally Leads Cops To His Own Pot-Growing Operation

Orange Co. Homeowner Allegedly Leads Authorities To His Own Grow House – WFTV

An Orange County homeowner called the power company to report a problem, and ended up leading them straight to a major marijuana grow house, authorities said.

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Investigators said they carried out more than 100 pot plants from the home in the Canyon Ridge subdivision near Clarcona-Ocoee Road.

When Channel 9’s Kristyn Caddell went to the home, the odor of marijuana was so pungent, she could smell it from across the street.

Investigators were at the home all night Wednesday removing the plants from the top floor of the home.

They said there was so much marijuana in the home, that there was very little living space.

“They were actually remodeling the back room into another grow operation, which was going to be even larger,” said Robert white with the Corporal Narcotics Tip Squad.

Neighbors watched in awe as the plants were being carried out.

Norm Pozzie said he never noticed the pungent smell, but did see a lot of expensive cars and well-dressed people stopping by the house on a regular basis.

When the homeowner called the power company to report an electrical short, officials with Duke Energy noticed the lines had been tampered with.

The man was allegedly running some illegal power to the home to run his grow house, but it shorted out his power.

“We know who lives here, we know who paid for everything and we know who set it up,” White said.

Investigators said they will be putting out a warrant for the man’s arrest.

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Oopsie! Cleaning Crew Goes To Wrong Apartment; Accidentally Throws Out Everything Tenant Owns

New York Cops Say They’ve ‘Never Seen Anything Like This’ – The Blaze

A man returned to his apartment in New York City recently to find that nearly everything he owned had been removed.

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And no, he wasn’t the victim of a cruel prank or even a crime. It was a terrible mistake. A rubbish removal service had taken his belongings.

“Just think of everything that you’ve acquired in your lifetime in your house just gone!” the tenant, Nilay Shroff, told WABC-TV.

He said that he had returned one day after work and came home to a cleared out apartment.

“Right here, I had a dresser before, in here was completely empty, my air conditioner was still in there, my microwave, all of my pots and pans, every single cabinet was just cleared out,” Shroff said, “I literally had the clothes that I was wearing on my back and nothing else.”

Thinking that he was the victim of a burglary, he called the police. Investigators soon learned that he wasn’t the victim of a crime. Rather, they told him, he was the victim of a terrible mixup.

“The cops were like, ‘We’ve never seen anything like this.’ They were laughing,” Shroff said.

The police eventually learned from the landlord that the removal service meant to clean out apartment 2D, not apartment 2B.

“It’s every single piece of clothing that I owned. Like, underwear, I have to go to Target the next morning to just buy underwear,” Shroff said.

The computer technician has since started to replace his missing things, but says there still a lot of work to be done.

“I was just shocked, in shock,” Shroff said.

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Employer Accidentally ‘Butt-Dials’ Former Employee He Was Planning To Kill While Meeting With Hitman

‘Butt-Dial’ Reveals Murder Plot To Intended Victim – Arkansas Matters

The owner of a used car dealership has been arrested after an accidental phone call to a former employee revealed his plot to kill him.

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According to a report from KAIT, 68-year-old Larry Barnett, of Jonesboro, accidentally called the same former employee he was plotting to kill, while he was plotting to kill him.

Jonesboro police told KAIT that Barnett, the owner of Legend Motor Company on South Stadium Boulevard, accidentally called his employee while telling a hired killer personal information about him, including his address.

But he didn’t stop there, as he continued to describe how and why he wanted it done.

In the probable cause affidavit, Barnett told the alleged hit man, “I don’t care if you have to burn his house to the ground with him in it,” and to, “make it look like an accident,” according to the article. The intended target also reportedly heard Barnett discussing a previous attempt to murder him, but, “they couldn’t get the job done.”

Barnett also reportedly told the would-be hired killer, “I owe the little son of a ***** a bunch of money and if he’s gone, I don’t have to pay for it,” according to the article, and that he would pay the hit man $5,000 up front and “the remainder when the job was done.”

KAIT cites court documents stating that the intended target of the murder plot went to the police department to file a report, and when he returned home, police say it had been burglarized and his gas stove had been tampered with.

Barnett admitted to police that he accidentally called the former employee and discussed his phone number and address with the other man involved in the conversation.

“I’ve been here now for 25 years and I’ve never recalled a time when a subject has accidentally, if you will, ‘butt-dialed’ someone they’re either trying to commit a crime against or the possible victim of the crime,” Jonesboro Police Sergeant Doug Formon told KAIT.

Barnett’s temporary bond was set at $1 million, however in court Monday, it was lowered to $50,000.

Click here to read the original article, with information on additional charges Barnett faces.

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Rescued Hikers Die Moments Later When They Accidentally Drive Their Car Into The Ocean

Rescued Hikers, One Pregnant, Die After Driving Into Ocean – New York Daily News

A pregnant woman and her pal rescued after getting lost hiking on a Maine mountain died just minutes later after accidentally driving into the ocean.

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Amy Stiner (l.) was five months pregnant. Melissa Moyer, of Sunbury, Pa., was a mother of one and a teacher.

Pregnant Amy Stiner, 37, was hiking at Roque Bluff State Park with friend Melissa Moyer, 38, on Tuesday night when a heavy downpour stopped them in their tracks.

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With the car rapidly going under, Stiner dialed 911 and spoke to deputies at Maine State Police barracks in Orono, but the phone went dead.

After calling for help, they were found by nearby landowner and off-duty firefighter Wayne Hansom, who dropped them off at Stiner’s 2001 blue Dodge minivan.

But when they left the parking area at 9 p.m., organic farmer Stiner turned right instead of left and, through a heavy fog, accidentally drove down a boat ramp and into the water.

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“The end of the road becomes the boat landing, and they just weren’t familiar with it,” said Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith.

With the car rapidly going under, she dialed 911 and spoke to deputies at Maine State Police barracks in Orono.

But then the line went dead. The two women and their dog were found drowned in the submerged vehicle an hour later.

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Rescue diver Travis Preston, a Jonesboro, Maine, firefighter, hooks up a minivan in the water on the boat ramp at the scene of the fatal accident. After the two returned to their vehicle, Stiner turned right instead of left and, through a heavy fog, drove down a boat ramp into the water.

The doors were closed, and the windows were up.

“The end of the road becomes the boat landing, and they just weren’t familiar with it,” said Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith.

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“It was foggy and rainy, and they literally drove off the boat, landing right into the water,” Washington County Sheriff Donnie Smith said.

“It was foggy and rainy, and they literally drove off the boat, landing right into the water,” he added.

Tributes have been paid to Moyer, a mother of one and teacher from Sunbury, Pa., and her five months pregnant friend, Stiner, from nearby Machias, Maine.

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The accident scene. A dog drowned along with the two women.

Stiner’s friend Aaron Bell told the Bangor Daily News: “This is just a tragedy. Everyone’s in shock right now.”

Shikellamy School District Superintendent Pat Kelley told The Daily Item of Moyer: “It’s a sad and tragic situation.

“Melissa was a dedicated employee, and I have had the pleasure of meeting her. And she was a wonderful person,” he added,

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New Zealand Woman Mistakes Adhesive For Lip Balm, Accidentally Glues Mouth Shut

Woman Accidentally Glues Mouth Shut – WKMG

A New Zealand woman mistook a tube of superglue for lip balm and accidentally sealed her mouth shut.

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The 64-year-old woman, who requested anonymity, was fumbling in the dark for something to apply to a cold sore late Thursday night when she made the mistake, the Telegraph reported.

The superglue and lip balm were kept in the same tray in her medicine cabinet.

Addled by a cold, the woman told authorities she couldn’t get a whiff of the toxic adhesive before applying it to her mouth, the Otago Daily Times reported.

She went back to bed, and soon her lips were tightly sealed.

Senior Sgt. Steve Aiken told the New Zealand Herald the woman “sounded gagged or possibly had a medical condition” when she called emergency services.

“She could only grunt,” he said.

The superglue was removed with paraffin oil at a hospital in Dunedin, according to the Independent.

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Woman Alive After Her Husband Accidentally Shoots Her In The Face With A Spear Gun

There’s No Way This Person Survived, Right? – The Blaze

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A 28-year-old woman miraculously survived after her husband accidentally shot her in the mouth with a harpoon, Brazilian officials said Wednesday.

The Rio de Janeiro State Health Department said in a statement that the woman’s husband was cleaning his spear gun when it went off, firing a harpoon that hit her cervical spine.

Elisangela Borborema Rosa was rushed to the hospital and underwent emergency surgery after Monday’s incident in the coastal city of Arraial do Cabo.

The statement quotes neurosurgeon Allan da Costa as saying that the harpoon came within 1 centimeter (less than half an inch) of killing the woman. He said he expects a full recovery.

A police officer in Arrial do Cabo said by telephone that officials are looking into the case.

“Everything indicates it was an accident, but we are investigating. We don’t think the husband tried to kill her,” said the officer, who cited department policy in declining to let her name be used.

“But once she fully recovers we will be able to question her and get a clearer picture of what happened.”

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D’Oh! Texas Comptroller Accidentally Posts Personal Info Of 3.5 Million Texans Publicly

D’Oh! Texas Comptroller Accidentally Posts Personal Info Of 3.5 Million Texans Publicly – The Blaze

The personal information of about 3.5 million Texans – including addresses and Social Security numbers – was mistakenly posted on public servers controlled by the state comptroller’s office and remained there in some cases for more than a year, the agency said Monday.

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said that in some cases, the data inadvertently released included dates of birth and driver’s license numbers. There was no indication any personal data had been misused.

“I deeply regret the exposure of the personal information that occurred and am angry that it happened,” Combs said in a statement.

Agency spokesman R.J. DeSilva said the personal data was contained within folders on a comptroller FTP site separate from its main page – one that contained hundreds of folders. Some of those folders were security-protected and could only be accessed by state agencies, while others were open to the public.

The personal information was “on a portion of the page where anyone could look,” he said.

Jerry Strickland, a spokesman with the state attorney general’s office, said officials had contacted the FBI to assist in a criminal investigation that began last week. Strickland said he couldn’t comment on whether the information had been misused, citing the active investigation.

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DeSilva said officials discovered the problem March 31 but only notified those agencies it affected Monday.

The information affected was in data transferred by the Teacher Retirement System of Texas, the Texas Workforce Commission, and the Employees Retirement System of Texas.

The Teacher Retirement System data was transferred in January 2010 and had records of 1.2 million education employees and retirees, while the Texas Workforce Commission had data on about 2 million individuals listed in an April 2010 information transfer. The records of about 281,000 state employees and retirees were included in an Employees Retirement System’s transfer from last May.

The comptroller’s office will begin issuing letters Wednesday notifying those people whose personal information was mistakenly made accessible to the public.

The personal information was included in data transfers required by state statute. However, the comptroller‘s office’s statement said the data files transferred by those agencies were not encrypted as required by Texas administrative rules.

Also, it said, comptroller‘s office personnel didn’t follow proper procedure and allowed the information to be placed on a server accessible to the public. It stayed on that server “for a long period of time” and wasn’t discovered until March 31, when the comptroller’s office began blocking public access to the files.

“I want to reassure people that the information was sealed off from any public access immediately after the mistake was discovered and was then moved to a secure location,” Combs said. “We take information security very seriously and this type of exposure will not happen again.”

One of the agencies that had data affected, the Employees Retirement System of Texas, was created in 1947 to oversee retirement benefits for state employees. Spokeswoman Mary Jane Wardlow said its executive director was called to the comptroller’s office at 7:30 a.m. Monday and notified of the problem.

“ERS provided the data to the controller as required by law in the secure format that was prescribed by the comptroller and described in the interagency contract between our offices,” she said.

Wardlow said her organization posted a statement on its Website explaining what occurred to members and retirees, and was prepared for a high number of calls of people worried about their personal information being made public. She said she did not know if there had been a greater number of calls than usual Monday.

The divulging of personal information was ironic because Combs has fought to keep state employees’ birthdates private, arguing that releasing them could lead to identity theft.

In December, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that the dates of birth of about 145,000 state employees are protected from disclosure because their release would be a “clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.” That decision came after Combs appealed a case that began in 2005, when The Dallas Morning News requested an updated state payroll database. Then-Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn released most of it, but excluded birth dates, offering to list workers’ ages instead.

The newspaper said it needed the birthdates to distinguish workers with the same name, and Combs appealed the case to the Supreme Court, clearing the way for the ruling.

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