Edwards is seeking to raise campaign cash over his lobbyist pledge.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards is seeking to capitalize financially on his opposition to accepting campaign contributions from lobbyists. The former North Carolina senator sent out a fundraising appeal Friday asking supporters for “clean money” to help fuel his bid for the White House.
“There is no middle ground – if we want to make our government work for all Americans, we can’t negotiate or compromise with special interest lobbyists or D.C. insiders – we have to stand up and fight back,” Edwards writes in the email note.
The fundraising plea comes one day after Edwards asked Illinois Sen. Barack Obama to join him in trying to eliminate federal lobbyist contributions to the Democratic Party. Obama is also seeking the Democratic presidential nomination.
Edwards first challenged his fellow Democrats to stop taking lobbyist contributions before a cheering crowd at the 2007 YearlyKos convention in Chicago.
- CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart