The Nevada State Democratic Party (NSDP) is asking site leaders for today’s caucuses to sign non-disclosure agreements (NDA) that would prevent them from speaking to the media.
The news broke just one day before the Nevada Democratic caucuses. The caucus process in Nevada has come under intense scrutiny after a similar process melted down in Iowa.
Nevada Democrats, lead by operatives with ties to former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, have worked for weeks to ensure the caucus goes smoothly, worried that a poor showing could imperil the state’s first in the west status and further undermine the entire nomination process.
A Nevada State Democratic Party official told CNN that it’s standard practice to request staff and volunteers to sign an NDA because they are privy to strategic information and said the party also required NDAs in 2018.
The NDA details: CNN obtained a copy of one of the four-page agreements which states, in part, “I will take all measures necessary to protect the secrecy of, and avoid disclosure and unauthorized use of, Confidential Information of the NSDP.”
The NDA appears to be one that is used for other purposes by the NSDP, since it also references activities other than the caucuses.
“If I am a volunteer and answering phones at the NSDP office or volunteering at an official NSDP event, I am a representative of the NSDP and am not authorized to speak to the press unless given permission by the Executive Director or Communications Director.”