‘Spineless’: Furious democrats denounce DNC vote to reverse ban on fossil fuel donations

‘Spineless’: Furious democrats denounce DNC vote to reverse ban on fossil fuel donations

‘Spineless’: Furious democrats denounce DNC vote to reverse ban on fossil fuel donations
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has overwhelmingly elected to backtrack on its ban on donations from fossil fuel companies, just two months after the committee prohibited the donations, by unanimous vote.

The ‘backtrack’ resolution was passed by a 30-2 vote on Friday afternoon and, according to DNC Chair Tom Perez, states that the party “support[s] fossil fuel workers” and will accept donations from their “employers’ political action committees”.

People For Bernie

@People4Bernie

If union members want to pool donations to donate to @TheDemocrats they can donate through their union pacs.

There’s no reason the @DNC should go back on their promises and accept corporate PAC money. cc: @TomPerez https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dnc-fossil-fuel-donations_us_5b6dddd4e4b0530743c9ca67?oh 

DNC Proposes Reversing Its Ban On Fossil Fuel Donations

The move comes just two months after the party adopted a resolution to prohibit oil, gas and coal company contributions.

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Erin Biba

@erinbiba

Hey @TomPerez, reversing your decision on banning fossil fuel donations is DISGUSTING and you better believe your constituents are watching. Honestly how dare you. This will haunt the Dem party and we will make sure you never forget this choice.

Erin Biba

@erinbiba

This is just another example that many Dems are complicit in the utter failure of our government to fight climate change and instead line their pockets with fossil fuel money. This is is why it’s essential to VOTE and let your congresspeople know you won’t tolerate this.

Activists say the resolution is effectively a complete reversal of the party’s recently adopted fossil fuel ban. Perez, who served as Labor Secretary in the Obama administration, said the new measure was a commitment to organized labor and a pledge of “support [to] fossil fuel workers in an evolving energy economy”.

Perez said members of the labor community had voiced concerns over the June resolution, and called the ban an “attack on the working people in these industries”. However Perez claims the backtrack does not lessen the party’s commitment to combat climate change.

Adam Best

@adamcbest

I’m a ride or die Democrat, but this is BS. No fossil fuel money! The Democratic Party needs to be an unwavering champion of the environment. Let’s make some noise, force the DNC to reconsider. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dnc-fossil-fuel-donations_us_5b6dddd4e4b0530743c9ca67 

Naomi Klein

@NaomiAKlein

Honestly, these people are bound and determined to deflate and demobilize their base – and then blame the Russians when they lose.

Jamie Henn@Agent350

This sort of spineless corporate pandering by the DNC is why Democrats keep losing. Over 900 candidates have signed the #NoFossilFuelMoney pledge but the party is still kissing the boots of Big Polluters. Grow a spine, @TomPerez. https://twitter.com/alexckaufman/status/1027993096641040384 

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The news was not met well by democrats and environmental activists alike, who took to Twitter to vent their anger at the “spineless” committee for bowing to fossil fuel companies in order to benefit from their mined funds.

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),” said Democratic Party activist R.L. Miller, a co-sponsor of the original resolution that banned fossil fuel PAC money, speaking to the Huffington Post.

Sierra Club

@SierraClub

This is a disappointing regression by @DNC when they have a real opportunity to show leadership by standing up to the fossil fuel executives who ceaselessly back Trump’s agenda.

Alexander Kaufman

@AlexCKaufman

NEWS: DNC Chairman Tom Perez has proposed a resolution to reverse the Democrats’ two-month-old ban on fossil fuel donations. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dnc-fossil-fuel-donations_us_5b6dddd4e4b0530743c9ca67?oh 

Jordan

@JordanChariton

: @TomPerez and @DNC reversing a ban on fossil fuel donations they JUST implemented two months ago. Damned our planet–send us CASH. This party will never get how to defeat Trump or extreme conservatism https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dnc-fossil-fuel-donations_us_5b6dddd4e4b0530743c9ca67?oh 

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