From a DNC email signed by Howard Dean:
I wanted to drop you a quick note about a major policy change here at the Democratic Party.
As we move toward the general election, the Democratic Party has to be the Party of ordinary Americans, not Washington lobbyists and special interests. So, as of this morning, if you’re a federal lobbyist, or if you control political action committee donations, we won’t be accepting your contribution.
This is an unprecedented move for a political party to make — one that has sent shockwaves through Washington and has turned the debate on clean campaigns upside down. We’ve unilaterally agreed to shut lobbyists out of the process, and are we’re relying on people just like you.
Of course the DNC wants my $20, $50, $100, or “whatever you can afford”. That’s fine, but I have to say, I don’t understand the obsession with lobbyists. Is the DNC against all lobbyists? To me the issue is, what are they lobbying for?
For example, if I give money to the Sierra Club and they lobby Congress for stronger environmental legislation. Is that bad? If I give money to FamiliesUSA so they can lobby for national healthcare, is that bad?
Clearly there are lobbyists I oppose. Big Pharma for example. But its not because they lobby; its because they lobby for private interests and against the public interest. That’s the issue.
The whole “defeat the lobbyists” campaign seems bogus to me.