This is going to really hurt the Republican Party, because they're swimming in lobbyists, and if they want to follow Barack's lead, it's going to hurt them financially. One of the Democratic campaign strategies will be to run the Republicans into the ground with Barack's legendary fundraising machine.
With his pledge to not accept lobbyist money, Barack is yet again setting the tone for the other guy to follow. That's what I call leadership.
From The Politico:
His likely opponent, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), closes his fundraisers to the press. Beginning last night, Obama will open all of his fundraisers to at least a pool reporter, who will share the information with the rest of the press corps.
Beginning Thursday, the DNC will no longer accept checks from federal lobbyists or political action committees, mirroring the strict standard Obama adopted for his presidential campaign.
“This is an important step that shows Sen. Obama is willing to take tough steps to change the way Washington works,” said Dan Pfeiffer, the campaign’s deputy communications director.
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