The Democratic National Committee has slyly repealed a rule aimed at giving lobbyists undue influence in Washington and it could all be in a bid to help Hillary Clinton.
The Washington Post reports that the DNC scrapped a rule brought in back in 2008 to stop lobbyists from donating to candidates:
The decision was viewed with disappointment Friday morning by good government activists who saw it as a step backward in the effort to limit special interest influence in Washington. Some suggested it could provide an advantage to Hillary Clinton’s fundraising efforts.
“It is a major step in the wrong direction,” said longtime reform advocate Fred Wertheimer. “And it is completely out of touch with the clear public rejection of the role of political money in Washington,” expressed during the 2016 campaign.
Of the two remaining candidates, Clinton is the only one likely to see a benefit from this rule change, apparently done quietly sometime in the last several months. Clinton's opponent Bernie Sanders is not a favorite of the K Street crowd and gets most of his donations from individuals. The average donation to the Sanders campaign is just $27.
The DNC has been accused of playing favorites with Clinton including shielding her from debates early in the nomination process.