WASHINGTON (May 19, 2017) — Rep. Tulsi Gabbard bucked the political establishment in signature fashion on Friday by announcing that she will reject all future contributions from lobbyists and political action committees (PACs).
I've decided to stop accepting PAC/lobbyist $$. Bottom line: we can't allow our future to be driven and shaped by special interests.
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) May 19, 2017
“I’ve decided to stop accepting PAC/lobbyist [contributions],” Gabbard tweeted. “We can’t allow our future to be driven and shaped by special interests.”
“When I was first elected to Congress, I promised that money wouldn’t influence my decisions. I rejected [contributions] from Wall St., Big Pharma, & others.”
“I believe in the power of people,” said the Army Major and Iraq veteran, before thanking her supporters “for allowing me the privilege to serve.”
— Ro Khanna (@RoKhannaUSA) May 19, 2017
In 2008, Presidential nominee Barack Obama made a similar pledge not to take questionable donations, saying then, “We will not take a dime from Washington lobbyists or special interest PACs. We’re going to change how Washington works. They will not fund my party.”
As soon as Obama left office, however, the DNC under Debbie Wasserman Schultz quickly moved to reverse the ban to once again open the Democratic party floodgates to large corporate donations.
Wow, DNC just struck down a resolution to ban corporate lobbying.#DNCChair
— Justice Democrats (@justicedems) February 25, 2017
Despite being in line with President Obama’s 2008 policy, Gabbard’s decision makes her the one of the few active Democrats to explicitly reject lobbyist and PAC donations, and puts her at odds with DNC Chair Tom Perez, who refused to support reinstating Obama’s ban earlier this year.
Once again, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has stepped up to do the right thing where others have failed.
Now we can only hope that the Democratic Party will follow her lead.