The Democratic National Committee, headed by Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, quietly rolled back political contribution restrictions that he had put in place in 2008. It was done in the still of the night some months ago. Was it held secret? This is skeptically viewed as a partisan attempt by the committee to aid and abet Hillary Clinton in her run for the presidency. Lobbyists and PACs had been restricted. The rationale is to ensure that the legacy of Barrack Obama is continued in the next election. Read the article and draw your own conclusions.
By Tom Hamburger and Paul Kane at The Washington Post:
DNC rolls back Obama ban on contributions from federal lobbyist
The Democratic National Committee has rolled back restrictions introduced by presidential candidate Barack Obama in 2008 that banned donations from federal lobbyists and political action committees.
The decision was viewed with disappointment Friday morning by good government activists who saw it as a step backward in the effort to limit special interest influence in Washington. Some suggested it could provide an advantage to Hillary Clinton’s fundraising efforts.
“It is a major step in the wrong direction,” said longtime reform advocate Fred Wertheimer. “And it is completely out of touch with the clear public rejection of the role of political money in Washington,” expressed during the 2016 campaign.
The change in the rules, already apparent to leading Washington lobbyists, was quietly introduced at some point during the past couple of months.
The ban was a symbolic way for Obama to put his stamp on the party in 2008 when he promised voters “we are going to change how Washington works.”
At the time, lobbyists and corporate advocates in Washington complained about the ban and other limitations imposed by the new administration. The only portion of the old rules now remaining in place is that lobbyists and PAC representatives will still not be able to attend events that feature Obama, Vice President Biden or their spouses, according to Mark Paustenbach, deputy communications director for the DNC.