The Democratic National Committee (DNC) dropped the ban on federal lobbyist and PAC money that was imposed by President Obama.
With the DNC now resuming acceptance of PAC and lobbyist funding, frontrunner Hillary Clinton's campaign funding is expected to increase significantly as she works aggressively to raise more money, according to USA Today.
Advocates for campaign finance reform objected to the announcement.
"This move by the DNC is a major step in the wrong direction and is in direct conflict with the American people’s deep concerns about the role of influence money in Washington," Democracy 21 president Fred Wertheimer said. "The DNC is acting as if the party is blind to the anger and frustration with Washington that is being expressed by voters in both parties as the presidential nominating process unfolds."
Clinton's rival, Bernie Sanders, has been a longtime advocate for campaign finance reform and has funded his campaign through legions of small donors.
The fundraising restrictions were imposed by President Obama after he secured the Democratic nomination in 2008.
DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has been subject to controversy following the New Hampshire primary — after it was revealed that despite Clinton's loss to Sanders by a 22-point margin, she is essentially equal in delegate count to Sanders due to the superdelegates, reported The Blaze. Schultz was grilled by CNN host Jake Tapper about the issue.
"What do you tell voters who are new to the process who say this makes them feel like it’s all rigged?” he asked.
"Unpledged delegates exist, really, to make sure that party leaders and elected officials don’t have to be in a position where they are running against grassroots activists," Schultz replied, added that the party "highlights inclusiveness and diversity at our convention" and strives to give activists "ever opportunity" to participate — thus the superdelegates.