With all the excitement over the recent selection of Tom Perez as the next DNC Chair, the most significant decision as to the direction of the Democrat Party came in the way of the decision to continue the legacy of recently deposed DNC Chair by continuing to receive Corporate money into the DNC itself. Quoting the Huffington Post, Andrea Germanos staff writer for Common Cause, reports:
“Democratic National Committee members on Saturday voted down a resolution that would have reinstated former President Barack Obama’s ban on corporate political action committee donations to the party.
Resolution 33, introduced by DNC Vice Chair Christine Pelosi, would also have forbidden “registered, federal corporate lobbyists” from serving as “DNC chair-appointed, at-large members.”
A majority of the 442 eligible DNC members rejected the resolution after roughly a dozen members rose to speak for and against it.”
This decision is quite frankly more disturbing to me than the selection of Corporate friendly Tom Perez over Keith Ellison as the new DNC Chair.
If the Democratic Party is to ever become the Party that represents the Demos instead of the Donors then we are going to have to get rid of Corporate money. Period.
The decision by the DNC to fail to reinstate President Obama’s ban on Corporate bribery (my description) reveals that there are still many at the highest levels of the Democratic Party who still prioritize Corporate money over democratic principles.
Those who voted against Obama’s idea of a ban on Corporate money in the DNC furthermore continue to take lightly just how disenfranchised the Progressive base (roughly half the Party!) among the Democratic Party feel after the shady dealings of the DNC during the Primary of 2016.
President Obama’s ban on Corporate money was instated in 2008 as an effort to cleanse the Democratic Party of Corporate influence, only to be overturned by then DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz just in time for the 2016 Primaries, which as it turned out she affected by favoring one Candidate over another, eventually resulting in her ouster.
The bottom line is that President Obama’s efforts to cleanse the Democrat Party from Corporate influence is unfortunately now history due to:
The Democratic Party! (At the highest levels)
If the new DNC Chair Tom Perez actually wants to unite the Democrat Party (lip service for the moment, but I am more than willing to give our new DNC the opportunity to walk the walk of his own talk); then he needs to use his influence to return the Democrat Party to the principles of President Obama in 2008 instead of continuing the legacy of former DNC Chair Debbie Wassserman Schultz. The future of the Democratic Party as a potential party of the Demos instead of its continued decline into being yet another Party of the Donors is the principle at stake.
This is a “choose ye this day whom ye shall serve” moment for the Democrat Party, and of all Democrats who must make that decision, none is more significant than our new DNC Chair, Mr. Tom Perez.
As for me and my house, we will serve with the wing of the Democrat Party that refuses to accept Corporate money: