US Democratic National Committee Bans Lobbyist Money
The Democratic National Committee can no longer accept donations from federal lobbyists or political action committees after Barack Obama instructed them to adopt his own policies.
Also, no campaign staffers can be registered lobbyists, resulting in three more departures from his campaign.US
In his first order of business as his party's presumed presidential nominee, Barack Obama is instructing the Democratic National Committee to adopt his policy against accepting donations from federal lobbyists or political action committees.
The change will make the party and the candidate have a consistent position. Obama often says banning the donations is one way to help keep him free of the influence of Washington insiders.
An Obama spokesman announced the change Thursday as the candidate prepared to fly from New York, where he had been raising money, to campaign in Virginia.
Obama himself planned to discuss the change at a town hall meeting in Bristol, Virginia.
The move indicates Obama will argue Republican rival John McCain is under the influence of special interests because of his advisers' lobbying ties.
McCain's senior advisers are former lobbyists, including campaign manager Rick Davis, and McCain was stung last month by the disclosure that two advisers worked for a firm that had represented Myanmar's military junta, which has restricted foreign assistance for cyclone victims.
The Arizona senator instituted a new lobbying policy that says no campaign staffer can be a registered lobbyist, resulting in three more departures from his campaign, including a top fundraiser, former Texas Rep. Tom Loeffler.