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DNC CEO Resigns Amid Hacking Scandal

| by Sarah Zimmerman
Former DNC CEO Amy DaceyFormer DNC CEO Amy Dacey

The Democratic National Committee CEO has stepped down from her position in the wake of an email hack that leaked more than 19,000 emails through WikiLeaks.

The emails suggested the DNC was not neutral in the Democratic primary race, but instead favored Hillary Clinton to get the nomination. CEO Amy Dacey's decision comes from three anonymous sources close to Dacey who are not authorized to speak on the matter publicly, according to The Associated Press. 

Before her position within the DNC, Dacey was the executive director of EMILY's List, which solely aims to elect female Democrats to Congress and other governmental positions, according to AP.

Dacey's resignation is the second in the wake of the email hack, following DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz's decision to step down before the start of the convention after mounting pressure from party officials and protestors.

Although slotted to speak on the convention stage, Wasserman Shultz chose not to after being booed during public appearances in both Philadelphia and Florida. Wasserman Shultz has since been replaced by party operative Donna Brazile, according to ABC.

Dacey has taken a job with Squared Communications, a Democratic consulting firm, reports AP.

"As one of the top campaign strategists in our party, and with our experiences together on presidential, Senate and congressional campaigns, Amy will help our firm's clients navigate this and future election cycles," said Michael Meehan, CEO of Squared Communications, in a statement.

It is unclear who will replace Dacey as CEO of the DNC, according to Politico. Multiple senior Democrats have expressed doubts that anyone would want to take such a high-pressure job, especially at the start of the general election season. Without a replacement, day-to-day operations of the DNC could be compromised.

Hackers have been inside the DNC for more than a year. A cyber security firm found that the groups responsible for the email leak have ties to the Russian government. 

DNC Communications Director Luis Miranda and Chief Financial Officer Brad Marshall have also resigned alongside Dacey, according to Reuters. The anonymous sources close to Dacey also told AP there will soon be other personnel moves within the DNC.

Sources: AP via Talking Points Memo, AP via ABC News, Politico, Reuters / Photo credit: Politico/YouTube

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