In an attempt to shield outsider influence, Christine Pelosi approached the Democratic National Committee with a proposition that would rid the organization of corporate donations.
On Saturday, the DNC ruled against such a ban, allowing corporate funds to continue to be accepted. The struck-down premise also gives federal lobbyists a sustained role as extended members of the DNC.
Former president Barack Obama instituted the same rule in 2008, promising to “change how Washington works”. Pelosi’s wishes to regain momentum with the same list of rules was met with heated opposition. As the DNC faces an aggressive rebranding, the majority believed current donations were much too important to restrict.
“This resolution provides us an important opportunity to send a message to the people of this country as to our values,” said DNC member Stuart Appelbaum. “It is not something new. We operated this way for seven years.”
Despite the pressure of protesters in the DNC audience, the committee believes its politics, not corporate friendliness, are what is currently in need of reconstruction.
“Our federal laws allow Westin Hotel to contribute to us, allow Microsoft, allow Google, and all those corporation in North Carolina that stood up for the Democratic Party platform against the law there that tried to outlaw and discriminate against transgender [individuals],” said Bob Mulholland, a California DNC member. “Why should the Democratic party say now, ‘Hey great what you did, but we are not going to take your contributions.”
H/T: The Washington Times
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