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"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."

-- Howard Dean in an email dated Thu, 5 Jun 2008 21:30:51 -0400

Well...things just got interesting again.


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Jun. 6th, 2008 02:33 am (UTC)
Indicates a couple of potential things, really...

1) Dean realized just how much Clinton's lobby-filled campaign wrecked her.
2) Prepping for an all-out assault on McCain's record in regards to lobbyists.
3) A realization that Obama can pave the streets with donated gold if he asks nicely.
4) The DNC already filled their war chest, which is almost UNHEARD of for the party.
5) SOMETHING AWFUL is about to surface and make for Obama's head, and Dean's building a political fallout shield.
Jun. 6th, 2008 03:21 am (UTC)
Actually, it indicates that Obama told them to.
Jun. 6th, 2008 11:11 am (UTC)
Mostly 3) and 4), I think. If Obama didn't have such a large lead over McCain in $$$, there's no way they make this announcement...and if things get tight
again for whatever reason, I expect this'll be one of the first things that gets thrown overboard.

Political expediency, yes. Actual behavior/attitude change, no. The DNC will be back at the lobbyist trough as soon as the election is over.
Jun. 6th, 2008 09:57 pm (UTC)
I have some expectations that this will not be true, and it will be interesting seeing whether or not that turns out. PACs as such have been around since Roosevelt (FDR) but there were some major changes in the 1970s to supposedly "fix" them ... it's not unheard of for the system to be revised.
Jun. 6th, 2008 02:42 am (UTC)
I'll believe it when I actually see it happen.

Things are still clouded right now i think we need to wait and see what happens.
Jun. 6th, 2008 05:24 am (UTC)
Indeed. Looks both interesting and promising (speaking as an outsider to US politics,) but I'll wait and see what happens before feeling ecstatic about this.
Jun. 6th, 2008 02:40 pm (UTC)
Not sure about promising. Carter tried to get rid of lobbyists as well. We'll see where this goes and how it impacts the campaigning and money gathering.
Jun. 6th, 2008 04:39 am (UTC)
Interesting. I'm afraid, cynic that I am, I agree with ziabandito555. I very VERY much HOPE they put their money where their mouth is, but I won't be holding my breath waiting for it to happen.
Jun. 6th, 2008 02:48 pm (UTC)
... Outstanding.
Jun. 6th, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC)
Superb. An excellent gesture, and about time someone took the step. For all of you cynics, let's see how this goes, and then you can say your I-told-you-sos.
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