April 21st, 2009
10:32 AM ET
5 years ago

DSCC, DCCC to suspend PAC, lobbyist money for one night

Obama will headline a fundraiser for the DSCC and the DCCC.
Obama will headline a fundraiser for the DSCC and the DCCC.

(CNN) - The Democratic Senate and congressional campaign committees will not accept cash from political action organizations or lobbyists during a fundraiser to be headlined by President Obama, a Democratic source confirms to CNN.

The White House stipulated the condition for the major June 18 fundraising event, expected to raise millions for 2010 Senate and congressional candidates.

Obama banned PAC and lobbyist donations during the presidential campaign to square with his pledge to limit the influence of special interests in Washington. He instituted a similar rule at the Democratic National Committee after winning the White House.

But both the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee - which along with their GOP counterparts have historically relied on PAC and lobbyist contributions - will return to accepting such funds after the Obama fundraiser.


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soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Zac, Atlanta

    The DNC is already leagues behind the GOP in fund raising, and this probably wont help matters.

    April 21, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  2. Chi Town

    Oh that's a good one...

    Go ahead and write the check... just give it too me tomorrow...

    Change Baby

    April 21, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  3. Hmmm....

    Yes, I'm sure they will abide by that rule and not slide money their way on the sy because they are all very trustworthy. The past tells us this.

    April 21, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  4. Carl Justus

    It is nice to know we have a president that is not for sale to the rich oil companies, the military industrial complex and those who have the money to buy special tax cuts and get no bid, no end contracts with by buying the government.

    It was for sale the last eight years and we are paying the consequencies that now and will for years to come.

    April 21, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  5. ff

    Mr. obama is criticized for doing what he said he would do during the campaign. What sore loosers are republicans!

    April 21, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. Joe, Chicago IL

    Please CHANGE the date on the check to tomorrow.

    CHANGE we can believe in.

    Nothing has changed. It is just a different guy working the shell game.

    April 21, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. Michael in Houston

    This is because they DNC does not need the money. Folks, we learned after this past election that buying a bunch of airtime get;s you no where because we have fact check and the internet. Hillary tried the 3 am commercial.....didn't work, Palin tried the Rev Wright commercial....didn't work. Why, because no cares what you have to say about ht eother person, we care about what you will do if elected.Teh days of saying mean spiritrd things in a commercial and us believing it are long gone

    April 21, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  8. phoenix86

    No PAC money for 1 night. Kinda like the $100 million budget cuts amidst a $1. 3 trillion budget.

    Change indeed. More like a slieght of hand.

    April 21, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  9. demwit

    Talk is cheap...

    April 21, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  10. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    Well this is a beginning, but it still comes up short. How about restricting all fund raising to within the contested district? Why should money be accepted from Virginia for a campaign running in New York?

    April 21, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  11. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    If the President is speaking at the fundraiser, both committees should have no problem funneling in some big bucks.

    April 21, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  12. Rob Johnson

    There is only so much Obama can do to fix a system that has been broken for a long, long time.

    However, small gestures like this set the right tone, and hopefully other politicians will start following his lead.

    April 21, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  13. New Yorker

    And what about all the funds Obama received from unidentified sources overseas before his election? What kind of "PAC's" were they coming from????

    April 21, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  14. Little too late????

    Wow. That is change we needed...ONE whole day of no PAC money. Goes in line with 'lets trim this budget...by $100 million...see, I kept my promise...'.

    Next thing we will see is 4 million jobs created...with a contract of 1-2 days...'see, America, I created 4 million jobs...' Or, ALL the troops coming home...only to be redeployed to the same post after 2 weeks off for the men/women...'see, America, I brought all the troops home like I said...'

    April 21, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  15. erik

    Big deal...Is this like the pledge Obama made during the campaign to accept money only from the governement funding or his pledge to not have lobbyists in his administration or his pledge to give the people time to read and comment on bills before he signs them?

    April 21, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  16. The New Conservative / Progressive Doctrine

    There is a path back to greatness for the United States. It starts with the adoption of some core principles that have been proven over time. No one, not even the well compensated, foreign sedan driving, weekend boat towing, country club playing, NASCAR watching citizen is immune.

    It will not occur overnight. We must break the back of our “immediate gratification”, me first, I’m important, culture. If you are not willing to work for and wait for these benefits, you are detrimental to the long standing viability of the United States.

    Conspicuous consumption should not be outlawed but it should be discouraged through taxes. There is a negative impact and a cost to society when there are images of stuck up, snotty, well-to-do people looking down their noses, from their Mercedes, gated homes, 1st class airline seats, luxury sky boxes, high roller suites at their fellow man. Greed and jealousy drive human behavior in a negative direction. To combat this, like in Monopoly, we need LUXURY TAXES on conspicuous consumption.

    This is does not impede the free market, those with the means and desire to make these purchases will do so. But it will also raise money for the government to correct the negative behavior that such self-centered behavior introduces into our larger society. It’s the equivalence of the GAS GUZZLER TAX.

    Drug trafficking gets a boost from those wanting to be conspicuous consumers … there is a cost for all of us. Organized crime gets of boost from wiseguys wanting to have that cigarette boat just because the rich executive has one.

    April 21, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  17. Nick

    I would donate any time to the Obama campaign~

    April 21, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  18. Common Sense

    The anti-President Obama cadre will continue to post their snarky remarks no matter what the President does or doesn't do: there is no pleasing them – GOP sour grapes = GPO whine.

    Go ahead – no one who matters is listening to you anyway ...

    April 21, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  19. Leslie

    I thought Obama was against lobbyists, but in two months time carmakers spent $2.9 million to lobbyists. I am sick and tired of tax money being taken away from the people of this country and shore up corporations who donated a lot of money to the Democratic Party last election. It is sad, this country is turning into a third world country in the level of corruption. While Asian countries are cleaning their act to get rid of corruption out of their system; USA is into HEAVY CORRUPTION.

    HOPE AND CHANGE! HOPE AND CHANGE! YEAH RIGHT! I BARELY HAVE TWO PENNIES TO RUB TOGETHER WITH YOUR HOPE AND CHANGE!

    I have had enough of corruption committed by Democrats from Congress all the way to the Whitehouse. It's ironic, here I am a lifelong democrat openly admitted to the world how corrupt is the party I've supported for years. The Democrats are ONLY AGAINST lobbyists IF it doesn't benefit them. I do NOT recognize the Democratic Party anymore, this is NOT the party I used to support!!

    April 21, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  20. Fitz in Texas

    "will not accept cash from political action or organization or lobbyist."

    Yeah, just like there won't be earmarks, or lobbyist in this administration blah, blah, blah. Just one more lie to add to the many.

    HAHAHAHAHAHAH, this is a joke, right? Oh, no doubt they will take that money, under the table.

    April 21, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  21. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    The RNC may have more money than the DNC has todate but isn't this the same way Obama's campaign started, he'll raise more money again.

    April 21, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  22. Barbara J. Davis

    Post date your checks to tomorrow and give them to us after midnight! How STUPID is this lame idea? Boy, the WH team must think ordinary citizens are IDIOTS!!! Actually, anyone who falls for this garbage (or tries to defend it) is the idiot.
    Barbara\=
    Seal beach, cA

    April 21, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  23. Don

    Wow for a whole day, you got to be kidding? Now that is heading the country in the right direction haha.

    April 21, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  24. Baze

    They need to offer stock in government activities and contributions, because it would be on the rise

    April 21, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  25. Adam

    obviously the gop has gobs of money more than the dnc. the gop represents 1% of america that has over 50% of the wealth. see, the gop represents money and being selfish and keeping the rich richer. the dnc actually represents 99% of america. see, the dnc represents people! it doesn't represent just wealth. the dnc is selfless and looks to improve the lives of 99% of america. it looks for change that will help 99% of america. i want to the dnc to succeed, as i too am not selfish and want the government to look out for myself as well as my neighbors. that is the key difference between gop and dnc. this although just a small portion of what he does, shows how obama is following through with his campaign promises. he is a leader that we can trust, that tell it like it is, and is one who is going to FOLLOW THROUGH in what he says. i guess that is why it gets so much flack from GOP. the GOP have never been able to be trustworthy, and follow through on any of their campaign promises.

    April 21, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
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