Democratic Party to adopt Obama’s policies on special-interest money

June 5, 2008

BRISTOL, Va. – Basking in his new status as the Democratic standard-bearer, Barack Obama announced on Thursday that his party will adopt the same restrictions on donations that his campaign has put in place.

obama-car.jpgUnder the new policy, the party will no longer take contributions from registered lobbyists or special-interest political action committees. 

Obama talked of the change as he touted his plan to overhaul the health care system during a visit to Bristol, Virginia.

He said pharmaceutical companies, health-maintenance organizations and other interests had too much clout in Washington and were the reason for the failure of past efforts to change the health system.

“If we’re going to make real progress, this time must be different,” he said.

“As the Democratic nominee for president, I’m announcing that going forward, the Democratic National Committee will uphold the same standard. We won’t take another dime from Washington lobbyists or special interest PACs,” Obama said.

“They will not fund my party. They will not run our our White House. They will not drown out the voices of the American people,” he said.

Obama’s visit to the state two days after capturing the Democratic nomination highlighted his hopes of putting the historically Republican-leaning state into play in the general election.

Bristol is a rural town in the southwestern part of the state.

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Photo credit: Reuters/Jason Reed (Obama steps out of car)


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Posted by eric | Report as abusive

Thank you, President-To-Be Obama, for instituting

Change We Can Believe In

in the funding of presidential campaigns.

Posted by gh | Report as abusive

Go Obama. Way to start as a leader. 1: not letting Clinton force her way on the ticket 2: showing guts on Wed with Lieberman and 3: setting some ethical guidelines for the party.

Now go after Big Oil next it does not make sense for gas to cost this much.

Posted by Shirley Pettaway | Report as abusive

To President-to-be Obama and Democratic Party Chair Dean,

The American people will thank you for generations for this commitment to us all,instead of to big-monied lobbyists. The Mother of all issues is CLEAN ELECTIONS! And you have just given birth.

Posted by Roxanne Fand | Report as abusive

I’m still looking for someone who can explain to me the difference between lobbying and bribing. Anyone?

As these news look, I’m hopeful that we may be able to get a democratic government for once after all!

Posted by Silvia | Report as abusive

The new policy REALLY GLADDENS my heart!

Posted by KYJurisDoctor | Report as abusive

I would like to learn something without getting into an emotional argument. Would someone please explain to me how Obama’s economic plan will decrease the cost of gas? I dont understand it and would like to see his/your point of view.

I believe Obama is a socialist who believes in the redistribution of wealth. Socialism has never worked which is why the US is the greatest country on the earth. We (Democrats, Republicans, Independants, and Libertarians) all know there are issues in the US. The difference is how we solve the problems. Bush and McCain are not that much better.

Simple economics would tell us if you raise a company’s taxes they pass the increase on to the end buyer. So raising the taxes of an oil company will raise the price of gas. If a cap is put on the gas price then oil companies cannot produce as much and therefore supply will decrease and since demand is increasing our cost will increase.

Oil company profits amount to about 4% of the price of a gallon of gas. Approximately 15% is tax. You figure out who needs to regulated. I dont like paying $4 a gallon but Obama’s economic policy will do much more damage than good.

As for health care, there is a huge problem. Having the government control any part of it is not the answer. Name one goverment agency that is run efficiently. The government (Republicans and Democrats) cannot run Social Security, Medicare, or even their restaurant. By the way, they decided to privatize their exclusive restaurant because it was do deep in debt.

The Cap and Trade issue is crazy to me and will send ALL prices sky high.

I would appreciate anyone who is willing to educate and have a civil debate without emotional attacks.

Posted by Philip | Report as abusive

Unemployment at 6.1% simply reinforces McCain’s argument that if you raise taxes on businesses, they will have to cut back their work force in order to keep their doors open. In the short run, Obama’s desire to raise taxes on businesses, and give the money to struggling Americans sounds good … but, it panders to people’s desire for hand outs and immediate gratification … for, in the long run, this kind of bad judgement is like eating the goose that lays the golden eggs … or, like eating your seed crop, instead of using the seeds to grow more crops. Raising the taxes on businesses is the best way to dramatically increase unemployment in America.

Posted by Howard | Report as abusive