How the DNC did an about face on fossil fuel contributions

Desperate times call for desperate measures. And for the cash-strapped Democratic National Committee, that means reversing a policy of not accepting money from people who are employed by fossil fuel companies.

“We have to draw the line that we are indeed a party of a big tent where all working people are welcome,” said DNC Chairman Tom Perez on Friday night. “We’re not a party that punishes workers simply based on how they make ends meet.”

As reported by the Washington Examiner, “Perez sponsored the Friday resolution that allows the DNC to accept contributions from workers that are employed by fossil fuel firms, such as those that mine coal, drill for and refine natural gas and oil.”

The resolution originally passed in June. Perez claims the decision to change teir policy again is to signal that they are a big tent party, but one can’t help but wonder if it has more to do with the fact the DNC is majorly in debt. Heading into the summer, the DNC had nearly $5.7 million worth of debt and with $8.7 million of cash on hand. The Republican National Committee, however, had zero debt and nearly 5 times the amount of cash on hand.