Bernie vs. DNC + Corporate Lobbyists
There goes Crazy Bernie again, picking another fight with the rich and powerful.
This time it's the DNC and it's network of lobbyists.
If Sen. Bernie Sanders wins the Democratic Party's nomination in 2020, he plans to halt all corporate donations to the party's convention next summer. This as party leaders actively court donors for millions of dollars to pay for the event scheduled to take place next July.
"Our grassroots-funded campaign is proving every single day that you don't need billionaires and private fundraisers to run for president," Sanders wrote in the press release for the plan.
"We've received more contributions from more individual contributors than any campaign in the history of American politics because we understand the basic reality that you can't take on a corrupt system if you take its money."
The tough stance by Sanders sets the stage for a potential showdown with the Democratic National Committee and threatens to completely upend the way the made for television nominating contests are produced. The conventions, no longer a substantive deliberation by party delegates to pick a nominee, have largely become scripted coronations in glitzy sports arenas. The events, by both parties, are heavily funded by large corporations who may contribute limitlessly to the production because it falls under a soft money designation in the Federal Election code.
Sanders, who refuses to take money from corporate donors, wants to eliminate the practice completely.
Bernie is the wet blanket at the decadent party of the oligarchs.
The DNC isn't too happy about this plan, but it's the lobbyists that are most vocal in their outrage.
“On the substance side, hosting a convention is a major endeavor that can strap the budgets of parties and cities – the money has to come from somewhere and cutting off corporate donations may further depress interest in hosting a convention,” said Stewart Verdery, CEO of public affairs firm Monument Advocacy.
“On the image side, the Democrats always have to balance their populist rhetoric with quieter outreach to the business community – telling companies who would like to partner with the party to take their ball and go home will easily feed into an anti-capitalist motif,” he added.
Seventeen donors funded about 75 percent of the 2016 Democratic National Convention, which included donations of more than $1 million from companies like Comcast, Peco Energy, AT&T, Facebook and Bank of America, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
In his proposal, Sanders said lobbyists from donor companies “were everywhere and filled the VIP suites” at the convention, which was held in Philadelphia, home to Comcast and Peco.
And in related news, Emperor Caligula says that if we stop feeding Christians to the lions it will send a message of weakness to our enemies.
Wouldn't you know it? Crazy Bernie seems to welcome the idea of being made to fight to the death in the gladiator pits for the crime of insulting the ruling elite.
The Sanders campaign—which proudly touts a list of "anti-endorsements" on its website—was unmoved by the lobbyists' criticism. In fact, as deputy campaign manager Ari Rabin-Havt put it, lobbyist outrage over the proposal "is not a bug—it's a feature."
Warren Gunnels, Sanders's senior adviser, tweeted: "We welcome their hatred."
— David Sirota (@davidsirota) October 7, 2019