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Wendy Davis staffer previously pleaded guilty to illegally obtaining an opponent's credit report

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Photo - Lauren Weiner, left, a former Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee staffer, leaves federal court in Washington in March 2006. Weiner pleaded guilty to snooping on then-Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele. (AP Photo/Chris Gardner)
Lauren Weiner, left, a former Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee staffer, leaves federal court in Washington in March 2006. Weiner pleaded guilty to snooping on then-Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele. (AP Photo/Chris Gardner)
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A Wendy Davis staffer once pleaded guilty to posing as former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele online in order to illegally obtain his credit report.

Lauren Weiner, who was a researcher for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in 2005, pleaded guilty in 2006 to obtaining Steele's credit report by fraud. At the time, Steele was lieutenant governor of Maryland, and was making an unsuccessful run for U.S. Senate from that state.

Under a plea agreement reported on at the time by the Washington Post, Weiner could have the charge dropped after a year if she completed 150 hours of community service and was charged with no other offenses.

But it appears that incident didn't dampen her political future with Democrats. Weiner has had several jobs since then, including as a spokeswoman for Americans United for Change.

She is now Texas gubernatorial candidate Davis' rapid response director, according to her LinkedIn profile. She has been with the campaign since mid-April. A previous online resume for Weiner matches information on her LinkedIn profile.

Weiner gets paid $7,500 a month for her work, according to campaign finance disclosures -- a nice chunk of change for somebody previously charged with posing as someone else to obtain personal information fraudulently.


Michael Steele
Weiner had obtained Steele's Social Security number from a public court document and used it to sign up for a website that allowed clients to view their credit reports.

“Weiner pretended that she was Steele, even creating an e-mail address -- gopsteele@yahoo.com -- needed to obtain the report, the statement said,” the Washington Post wrote at the time. “She also agreed to the ‘terms of service' on the site, which included a warning ‘not to impersonate another person.'”

An inquiry to the Davis campaign was not returned by press time.

Steele left the Maryland lieutenant governor's post in 2007 and served as RNC chairman from 2009-11.

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