Sanders Pushes Back on DNC Reversal on Contributions
Bernie Sanders is feuding with the Democratic National Committee again. On Sunday, he issued a petition asking them to reverse their decision to lift a ban on campaign contributions made by lobbyists.
Sanders called the change in plan “an unfortunate step backward” and was a staunch supporter of President Barack Obama’s 2008 decision to ban them.
The Hill reports:
The senator’s campaign also urged rival Hillary Clinton to push back against the DNC’s decision.
“We support the restrictions that President Obama put in place, and we hope Secretary Clinton will join us in supporting the president,” campaign representative Michael Briggs told the IB Times.
“If we are to restore a vibrant democracy in this country, it is long past time to break the link between money and special-interest favors in politics,” campaign manager Jeff Weaver said in an email sent to supporters, according to the outlet.
The DNC last week rolled back restrictions that put a ban on donations from federal lobbyists and PACs.
“The DNC’s recent change in guidelines will ensure that we continue to have the resources and infrastructure in place to best support whoever emerges as our eventual nominee,” Mark Paustenbach, a DNC spokesman, told The Washington Post in an email.
“Electing a Democrat to the White House is vital to building on the progress we’ve made over the last seven years.”
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