There's one issue Hillary Clinton won't flip-flop on: accepting money from lobbyists. The Huffington Post reports:
Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign will accept donations from lobbyists and political action committees, a difference in policy from the man she's hoping to replace, President Barack Obama.
The Clinton campaign confirmed that there would be no prohibition on such donations, after The Huffington Post was tipped off by two lobbyists supportive of the former secretary of state's run for the White House.
“Hillary Clinton has a long history of taking on tough fights against special interests, whether or not they’re donors to her campaigns," said Jesse Ferguson, a spokesman for the campaign. "She strongly supports campaign finance reform and has voted for tough lobbying reform, but as long as Republican groups and candidates are going to spend millions attacking Hillary, we need the resources to fight back.”
As the liberal website correctly points out, Clinton's position on this issue is the same as it was in 2008. "The approach is consistent with the one Clinton took in her last White House run in 2008. But it differs from what Obama did that same year and four years later."
Here's Clinton, from that failed election, defending her decision to take money from lobbyists:
The public holds Congress in minimal high regard these days and if any of the members are bewildered about why this should be, they might want to consult the reporting of Eric Lipton in the New York Times, where he describes in detail the:
Life is good in Washington, D.C., even as the lobbyists pout about how there hasn’t been enough action on Capitol Hill to keep those big retainers rolling in. As Michael Neibauer of Washington Business Journal reports:
The District’s total personal income in 2012 was $47.28 billion, or $74,733 for each of its 632,323 residents, according to the Office of the Chief Financial Officer’s Economic and Revenue Trends report for November.
A new ad from Montana senator Jon Tester's reelection campaign features supporters touting his record on ethics. Among the testimonials is one from former congressman Pat Williams. "He's cracked down on lobbyists, refused their trips" Williams says. Watch the ad below: