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‘Absolute Failure’: DNC Passes Perez Resolution Reversing Ban on Donations From Fossil Fuel PACs

Photo of Tom Perez speaking at a rally for Hillary Clinton
Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez speaking with supporters of Hillary Clinton at a campaign rally with U.S. Senator Tim Kaine at the Maryvale Community Center in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo Flickr: Gage Skidmore)

Activists immediately denounced the measure, which “also recommits the party to an ‘all of the above’ energy stance.”

(Common Dreams) Just two months after the Democratic National Committee (DNC) was celebrated by environmentalists for banning donations from fossil fuel companies, it voted 30-2 on Friday to adopt a resolution from Chair Tom Perez that critics said effectively reverses the ban and represents “an absolute failure by the DNC.”

The Huffington Post‘s Alexander Kaufman tweeted Friday:

 As climate reporter Kate Aronoff outlined in a series of tweets, Perez’s resolution (pdf) “is premised on the party’s support for unions,” but ultimately will enable fossil fuel executives to use their money to try to influence Democrats.

People for Bernie pointed to the four words of the resolution that caused anger and concern ahead of and following Friday’s vote—language that allows employees of oil and gas companies to donate through corporate political action committees (PACs).

The unanimously approved original resolution—which requires the DNC to reject “corporate PAC contributions from the fossil fuel industry”—was spearheaded by Christine Pelosi, the daughter of Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and a member of the DNC’s executive committee.

Christine Pelosi tried Friday to pressure the committee to remove the language in Perez’s resolution which undermines the ban on corporate PAC donations, but her proposal was voted down 28-4:

While a DNC spokesperson claimed to Kaufman that the resolution is “not a reversal,” adding that “any review of our current donations reflects” the party’s “commitment” to no longer taking donations from the industry, reactions among activists and party supporters ranged from worried to infuriated.

Jerald Lentini, deputy director of the Democratic fundraising group It Starts Today, pointed out in an interview with Kaufman that this resolution may only apply to Democratic campaigns, meaning the new measure may not fully annul the first resolution but would still “repudiate the spirit” of it.

Others were far more critical:

And, as 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben noted, “the issue goes beyond the donations,” because Perez’s resolution “also recommits the party to an ‘all of the above’ energy stance, which was taken out of the platform after a lot of hard work in 2016.”

Responding to McKibben, Bold Nebraska founder and Nebraska Democratic Party Chair Jane Fleming Kleeb vowed that “many of us” will fight the resolution at a DNC meeting later this month:

Highlighting climate scientists’ concerns about the “all of the above” energy position, Aronoff added:

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10 Comments

  1. Michele Williams August 11, 2018

    They just don’t care about any of us

    Reply
  2. Bob Burge August 16, 2018

    Nancy P. Wonders why people are pissed about her leadership? There isn’t any!

    Reply
  3. William Smith August 16, 2018

    Democrats probably won’t hear about this part.

    Reply
  4. Cory Sithspawn Presnell August 16, 2018

    Who fucking cares?

    Reply
  5. Philip Edwards August 16, 2018

    They are broke! Got to get the money somewhere.

    Reply
  6. Peter Lloyd August 16, 2018

    I guess this tells you what they will do on Citizens United!

    Reply
  7. Bob Young August 16, 2018

    What is the face of the democratic party ? This guy ? Who is he ? All I see in Washington are democratic wall flowers.

    Reply
  8. Dan Hougas August 16, 2018

    They are digging there own grave. The DNC is useless. The DNC needs new leadership.

    Reply
  9. Skada River Geloi August 16, 2018

    Making America great again for those who want to make riches off of destroying our Earth again.

    Reply
  10. Jerry Schroader September 11, 2018

    Typical Democratic Socialist don’t let morals getting away of making money

    Reply

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