"What am I supposed to [do]?" the New Mexico governor asked. "I have enough trouble raising money to run a campaign."
Two other Democratic candidates, former Sen. John Edwards and Sen. Barack Obama, have turned the issue of not accepting campaign contributions from Washington lobbyists into a major staple of their campaigns. But not Richardson.
"The unions have lobbyists in Washington," Richardson said. "I take money from them. Nurses, environmentalists, senior citizens."
At a forum in early August, Richardson said it was "silly" to refuse lobbyist money. He told the crowd the candidates are "sucking up to you… [with] slogans that get you cheering."