Democratic presidential candidate Bernie SandersBernie SandersObama makes 0K for speech at A&E event: report Van Jones: Obama should do ‘poverty tour’ Sanders calls for renewed focus on fighting climate change MORE launched a petition on Sunday urging the Democratic National Committee to reverse its decision to lift a ban on campaign contributions by lobbyists, according to the International Business Times.
Sanders called the rollback "an unfortunate step backward," the news outlet reported, adding that the Vermont senator called President Obama's decision in 2008 to ban contributions from political action committees and lobbyists a "noble step."
The senator's campaign also urged rival Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonBiden: ‘Guys, I’m not running’ Trump says email hacking during election 'could've been China' or other groups Maxine Waters: ‘I’ve never seen anybody as disgusting or as disrespectful’ as Trump MORE 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.”