The Democratic National Committee (DNC) lifted their ban on donations from fossil fuel companies, their employees and their political action committees (PACs).
In June, the DNC announced that they would no longer accept donations from the energy sector, pointing to their dedication to battling climate change.
Christine Pelosi, daughter of Minority leader Nancy Pelosi, proposed the ban on donations, pointing to the 2016 platform amendment that increased dedication to battling climate change.
“Fossil fuel corporations are drowning our democracy in a tidal wave of dark oily money; they have deceived the public about the impacts of climate change, fought the growth of clean renewable energy, and corrupted our political system,” the resolution stated.
According to DNC Chairman Tom Perez, the sudden policy change was a response to complaints from workers in the energy section.
Perez stated that he didn’t want to prevent full DNC participation from “workers, including those in energy and related industries, who organize and donate to Democratic candidates individually or through their unions’ or employers’ political action committees.”
Not everyone is thrilled with Perez’s decision to lift the ban. Many took to Twitter to question the decision.
— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) August 10, 2018
You can’t do right when you’re getting donations from companies that do wrong. https://t.co/OOa1WMQazt
— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) August 10, 2018
DNC Chair Tom Perez proposes that the Democratic party now accept donations from fossil fuel political action committees – just two months after the DNC unanimously prohibited donations from fossil fuel companies. Please tell your elected officials & DNC reps that this is wrong. https://t.co/YeE7Za3t92
— Jane O’Meara Sanders (@janeosanders) August 10, 2018
According to The Hill, one co-author stated:
“I am furious that the DNC would effectively undo a resolution passed just two months ago just as the movement to ban fossil fuel corporate PAC money is growing (and Democrats are winning). The easiest fix would be to strike the words ‘or employer’s (PACS).’ Then the Democratic Party can have a conversation about how best to respond to the climate emergency without abandoning workers in the fossil fuel industry.”
Although Perez maintains that the decision was only about energy sector worker inclusion, the Democrats’ donations have been down and continue to sink. The DNC was making about half as much as their Republican counterparts at the beginning of the year.