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DNC Statement on RNC’s Efforts to Undo Century-Old Ban on Corporate Donations to Political Parties

Manchester, New Hampshire—After the Republican National Committee filed a legal brief today in which it argues that the more than century-long ban on corporate donations to federal political campaigns is unconstitutional, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement:

“While President Obama and his campaign have worked hard to limit the influence of the special interests in politics, Republicans are unfortunately taking a different route.  Today the RNC is urging the courts to eliminate the ban on corporate donations to federal campaigns that has been around for more than one hundred years and they’re attacking small donors in the process.  For a party that wants to dismantle Wall Street reform, roll back clean air protections, put insurance companies back in control of health care, and shower more tax breaks on corporations at the expense of middle class families, this is an unprecedented move that would give more influence, not less, to the special  interests.  

“Add to this a presidential frontrunner who has said that ‘corporations are people’ and  ‘I like being able to fire people who provide services to me,’ and it’s clear who Republicans are standing up for—large corporations, millionaires, and billionaires.  It's not enough that Republicans are already benefiting from millions in special interest dollars going to outside groups run by the likes of Karl Rove—now the party wants that money for themselves.

“I’m proud to say that President Obama wants to do things differently.  Obama for America and the DNC do not accept money from federal lobbyists or PACs, and we are a grassroots, people-funded campaign.  At the end of 2011, the campaign brought in its one-millionth donor contribution, something we are very proud of.  This is the way it should be, and it’s a testament to the fact that together, people can do extraordinary things.  It’s unfortunate that the Republicans need to bank on the support of large corporations because their message just doesn’t resonate with middle class families.”