The policy drew fire from many left-leaning Democrats, and some worried that it would put a chill on challenges by women and people of color like Ms. Ocasio-Cortez and Ms. Pressley. In response, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez encouraged her supporters to stop donating to the D.C.C.C.
But apparently the committee’s leadership — which changed hands after the 2020 elections — has been listening. Its new chairman, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, officially reversed the policy on Tuesday.
Chris Taylor, a spokesman for Mr. Maloney, said in a statement that the committee was opening its doors to a diverse array of consultants. “This policy change means that the only criteria for a vendor to be listed in the directory are our standards for fair business practices,” he said.
Ms. Ocasio-Cortez said she believed lifting the ban would open up the Democratic Party to some of the best digital campaigners in the country.
“Having that ban really hurt the party,” she said in an interview. “When I first was sworn in, when one of the party’s first moves was to say, ‘We are going to ban anyone that helped you get here,’ it was very personal.”