Originally published on June 9, 2016 on Politico by Heather Caygle and Burgess Everett
Democrats began building their general election platform on Thursday, as presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton promptly endorsed a package of campaign finance and lobbying bills developed by Senate Democrats.
The Senate Democratic leader-in-waiting Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said it was a "coincidence" he was unleashing a package of proposals meant to satisfy Democratic populists on the same day that Bernie Sanders is visiting with President Barack Obama and Minority Leader Harry Reid. But it's clear that an agenda that would ban ousted members of Congress from lobbying and increase campaign finance disclosures is aimed squarely at stoking support from Sander's progressive supporters.
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