DNC to allow lobbyist money to fund conventions

DNC to allow lobbyist money to fund conventions
© Greg Nash
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) says it is “revisiting” its fundraising policies for the 2016 presidential election cycle, and will now accept donations from lobbyists and political action committees to help finance conventions next year.
 
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The change is a reversal of policies led by President Obama, spawned in an effort to change Washington’s culture, that blocked lobbyists from giving to certain fundraising vehicles — ones for the convention and accounts shared with presidential candidates.
 
“At this time the DNC will continue its policy of not accepting donations from political action committees and lobbyists for its general fundraising operations,” said DNC spokeswoman Holly Shulman in an email. “The DNC will continue to review and update its policies looking ahead to 2016."
 
The New York Times reported the convention fundraising shift in regards to lobbyists on Thursday evening. 
 
The Hill reported Thursday that the convention’s host committee is reversing a decision to not take corporate donations. 
 
In 2012, that policy contributed to the DNC’s struggle to raise the many millions needed for the giant events, and Congress further limited the amount of funds available for parties to use on conventions by nixing public funding.