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Published:June 6th, 2008 21:15 EST
Howard Dean Says "No" To Special Interests -- Maybe

Howard Dean Says "No" To Special Interests -- Maybe

By Robert Paul Reyes

Sen. Barack Obama is a new generation statesman who transcends race and party labels. He defeated Hillary Clinton, a status quo politician, who ran an old-style campaign relying on millionaire donors, and support from the Democratic establishment.

 
Obama managed a 21st century campaign that banned lobbyists, and relied on financial support from small donors via the Internet.
 
John McCain and even the Democratic party bigwigs are scurrying to adapt to Obama`s winds of change.
 
John McCain who likes to portray himself as Mr. Clean is very vulnerable on the "lobbyist issue", recently many lobbyists who held important positions in his campaign resigned.
 
Democratic Party Chairman, Howard Dean is trying to get with Obama`s program of excluding lobbyists from the democratic process:

This is the full text of an email that Howard Dean sent to influential bloggers:

"I wanted to drop you a quick note about a major policy change here at the Democratic Party.

As we move toward the general election, the Democratic Party has to be the Party of ordinary Americans, not Washington lobbyists and special interests. So, as of this morning, if you`re a federal lobbyist, or if you control political action committee donations, we won`t be accepting your contribution.

This is an unprecedented move for a political party to make -- one that has sent shockwaves through Washington and has turned the debate on clean campaigns upside down. We`ve unilaterally agreed to shut lobbyists out of the process, and are we`re relying on people just like you.

Just imagine what hundreds of thousands of Americans donating $20, $30, or $50 at a time can accomplish together. Imagine the signal that it sends to anyone who looks at John McCain`s political machine and the special interest money it needs to fuel every move it makes.

We have a chance to change the way business is done in this country, and we`re taking the lead. Will you join us and make a contribution right now to help us elect Barack Obama?


I`ve written before about guys like Charlie Black and Rick Davis, lobbyists who are at the highest levels of McCain`s campaign. But they`re just the start -- John McCain and the RNC suck up lobbyist money millions of dollars at a time.

In May, McCain had his best fundraising month of the campaign, and it was directly because he refuses to shut special interests out.

But we did, and we need your help. This is an example of the kind of White House Barack Obama would run. Make a contribution to help elect him."

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Let`s parse Dean`s letter and try to determine if it really means a new way of doing business:

In a strangely-worded email, addressed directly to each person receiving it, Dean opened on a personal note, with:

Dear Friend,

"I wanted to drop you a quick note about a major policy change here at the Democratic Party.

As we move toward the general election, the Democratic Party has to be the Party of ordinary Americans, not Washington lobbyists and special interests."

Then, showing that they really have no idea who they are writing to, he says "So, as of this morning, if you`re a federal lobbyist, or if you control political action committee donations, we won`t be accepting your contribution."

In a stunning policy shift, The Democratic Party announced it is targeting what it considers a major weakness in the Republican armor - special interest money.

In the next paragraph he asks the same person to send money. "We`ve unilaterally agreed to shut lobbyists out of the process, and are we`re relying on people just like you."

With the number of missteps made recently by everyone in this election cycle, it appears to show that the candidates and the committees are running under their own steam, with no advice, poor advice or ignoring advice.

The strategy is to increase participation by Americans, get the electorate fired up and reaching into their pockets. Once people are invested in their process with their own money, they are more likely to follow the process and take action on election day.

The risk in this strategy is outlined in the next two paragraphs:

"Just imagine what hundreds of thousands of Americans donating $20, $30, or $50 at a time can accomplish together. Imagine the signal that it sends to anyone who looks at John McCain`s political machine and the special interest money it needs to fuel every move it makes."

Unsure of whether this will work, Dean says "We have a chance to change the way business is done in this country, and we`re taking the lead. Will you join us and make a contribution right now to help us elect Barack Obama?"

Finally, protecting the candidate from the change in policy, Dean says "This communication is not authorized by any candidate or candidate`s committee."

Howard Dean is a political dinosaur, but I give him credit for trying to get onboard Obama`s change program. You don`t have to be a journalist, influential blogger or big money donor to make a difference. Obama beat the vaunted Clinton machine with the help of millions of everyday folks donating a few bucks at a time.

Co Author:  Alan Gray, Newsblaze www.newsblaze.com