TTAG tipster DrVino is on the moveon.org
hit mailing list. He received the following colorful communication:
More than 20,000 people signed a petition by MoveOn member Sandy Phillips—whose daughter, Jessi, was slaughtered in the Aurora, Colorado theater massacre in 2012—asking the DNC to reject donations from the gun industry.
This weekend—the DNC, the governing body of the national Democratic Party—heard us and took action: They passed an official resolution rejecting donations from the gun lobby and other corporate donors that conflict with the Democrats’ platform.
Additionally, dozens of members of Congress who have received NRA campaign support are now facing pressure from thousands of MoveOn members in their districts to give back or donate NRA contributions to causes focused on gun violence prevention. Click here to find out if your members of Congress have received money and sign or start a similar petition to #RejecttheNRA.
And would you know it, it’s true! As thehill.com reports . . .
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) on Saturday passed a resolution banning donations from corporate contributors whose areas of interest come into conflict with the DNC’s stated values.
The resolution, which was introduced by California member Christine Pelosi, passed unanimously. Christine Pelosi is the daughter of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Christine Pelosi has introduced similar resolutions before that were shot down over concerns about which industries the measures would target.
The move was celebrated on Twitter by progressive members of the Democratic Party who have been pushing to reduce corporate influence in the party.
An online petition created by MoveOn member Sandy Phillips indicates that the resolution was designed to target “gun, tobacco, payday lender, and other corporate donations counter to our values.”
“Thnx Pelosi for taking a stand. Admire that you have always been for eliminating these positions of cronyism,” wrote Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) on Twitter.
The resolution’s strength in the DNC is unclear. Hours after the resolution passed, Pelosi warned that DNC officials were whispering that the vote is not legally binding, allowing DNC Chairman Tom Perez to ignore it. Pelosi issued a call on her Twitter account, challenging Perez to uphold the vote of DNC members.
Wait, there’s another Pelosi in California’s future? Yup, one who’s worried that the “NRA cash not welcome” resolution is not as resolute as a resolution could be. Here’s the text:
If the DNC hews to this resolution the choice between anti-gun Democrats and pro-gun (at least in theory) Republicans just got a whole lot clearer. As if it wasn’t clear enough already, what with the Democrats’ party platform calling for universal background checks, a new “assault weapon” ban and a call to strike down The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Firearms Act.