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Dems Anti-Lobbyist Stance Gets Platform Plank

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A Secret Service agent stands guard at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

One word in the Democratic platform that you won't find in the Republican version: lobbyist.

A plank in the official platform, released Tuesday, states the national party is in lockstep with the Obama campaign, which has pledged to not accept campaign contributions from registered federal lobbyists.

Also, the Dems' platform supports campaign finance reform "by constitutional amendment if necessary. We support legislation to close loopholes and require greater disclosure of campaign spending."

The plank echoes President Obama's recent backing of such an amendment. It also is in  line with congressional Democrats who have been pushing the DISCLOSE Act, which was blocked for the second time by Senate Republicans this summer.

By contrast, the Republican platform calls for raising or eliminating campaign contribution limits, opposes the DISCLOSE Act (which is mentioned by name) and calls for repealing the remaining sections of the McCain-Feingold Act

"We oppose any restrictions or conditions that would discourage Americans from exercising their constitutional right to enter the political fray or limit their commitment to their ideals," the GOP platform reads.

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