DNC reject lobbyist money
by Sebastian Benthall
This is week-old news by now, but I just saw this New York Times article.
The Democratic National Committee, now operating under Barack Obama’s fundraising rules, on Friday returned about $100,000 in money from lobbyists and political action committees.
The donations were already ”in the pipeline” when Obama, the presumed Democratic presidential nominee, instituted the standards for the committee, a party official said.
Generally speaking, I am deeply suspicious of party politics in the US. As the upcoming Newell/Silver election in AD-64 shows, party allegiance indicates almost nothing about whether a politician stands for real reforms. One of the appealing things about Obama, to me, was his apparent rejection of the party machine.
Perhaps this is a sign that Obama’s reform principles are politically infectious.
Thanks to Kailin Clarke for the tip.
And now this: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/20/us/politics/20obamacnd.html
It’ll be interesting to see how McCain (the self proclaimed campaign finance reformer himself) will respond to this.
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