June 12th, 2008
05:05 PM ET
6 years ago

DNC moving operations to Chicago

The DNC is making plans to move a large portion of its operations to Chicago .
The DNC is making plans to move a large portion of its operations to Chicago .

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Democratic National Committee announced Thursday that a significant part of their operations would be moving from Washington to Chicago, the home of the Obama campaign.

“We've begun a transition period here at the DNC that fully integrates our operations in DC with the Obama operation in Chicago and in the states,” DNC spokeswoman Karen Finney tells CNN. “Our goal is to quickly consolidate these efforts into one operation and effectively drive one national strategy.”

The political, field and constituency operations are being moved to Obama's Chicago headquarters, while the research and communications departments will remain in DC.

After winning the nomination, Obama decided to keep Howard Dean on as chairman of the DNC, and sent over senior aide Paul Tewes to oversee the collaboration.

“When the nominee comes in, we essentially merge the Democratic National Committee with the campaign of the presidential candidate,” Dean told reporters on Tuesday, “there’s not going to be a coordination problem.”

Finney emphasized that the goal is for Obama and DNC staffers to feel part of “one big team” and to eliminate any redundancies. She pointed to 2004 as an example of when the Kerry campaign and DNC resources wastefully overlapped.

DNC staffers in Washington will also have the opportunity to work in other states – both the Obama campaign and the DNC have staff in all 50 states and many will work under the same roof.

“The blending of the cultures is not hard at all, it’s pretty seamless,” said Finney.

Details are still being worked out, how many staffers and who will technically employ them is still unclear.


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  1. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    THAT'S HOW YOU DO IT.

    AND PREZ THE LAKERS WILL WIN.

    June 12, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  2. jesse sturkens

    SEN.OBAMA don't let SEN. MCCHIAN draw you into a dirty fight just keep rising above it all.you have shown that you can stand under fire and you can't be stopped.stay the course.

    June 12, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  3. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA

    YOU HAVE A GREAT LEADER.

    MAKE IT HAPPEN.

    June 12, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  4. gene

    My goodness, when I read some say Obama is god's chosen one, it almost makes me sick. This is another person who has already changed his party affilation. I was an 81 year old life long Democrat and never had voted any other way.

    June 12, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  5. spike

    Since Obama won, Howard Dean and the DNC have really impressed me in the way they're trying to merge with Obama's campaign staff, adopt his ideals, and coordinate together.

    June 12, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  6. Rita

    35 years a Democrat, now a Republican. The Obama version of government is way too frightening.......McCain 08

    June 12, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  7. freak

    Barack toured a not-for-profit Catholic Hospital in Eugene Oregon recently, where he met with nurses and talked about the shortage of qualified nurses.
    In addition to his promise to make health care more affordable, he promised to do something about that as well when President.

    Well the 2006 990 Federal Tax Form for his personal hospital was posted yesterday, and it is quite revealing.

    Michael Riordan was still the President and CEO in 2006.

    Let's look at his total compensation.

    For 2004, $1,696,606.

    For 2005, $1,873,795.

    For 2006, $2,402,382.

    This is a system that has spent an incredible $15,042,085 on collection agencies over a 3 year period 2004-2006.

    As for Barack's concern about nurses?

    According to those 990's, in 2004, his wife Michelle received $121,910 in total compensation.

    For year end 6/30/2005, she received $148,939 in total compensation.

    That was the year she was promoted to vice-president 2 months after he was sworn is as a U.S. Senator.

    And for year end 6/30/06, with a full year as vice president, she received $382,460 in total compensation.

    Those same 990's show that one of the "highest paid employees other than officers, directors or trustees" for both 2005 and 2006 was an operating room nurse.

    In 2005, that nurse received $227,817 in total compensation.

    In 2006, that same nurse received $211,022 in total compensation.

    Change we can believe in.

    Much more to come over the next few days.

    June 12, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  8. freak

    Barack Obama was in Iowa the other day talking about making health care more affordable.
    Here's what he didn't touch on.

    In 2005, not-for-profit Iowa Health System reported making a profit of $69,937,000.

    In 2006, profits shot up to $107,217,000.

    In 2007, they increased again to $114,212,000.

    And for the first 3 months of 2008, they report that they have already made a profit of $50,399,000.

    According to the American Hospital Directory, between 12/31/04 and 12/31/06, at the largest hospital in this system, the hospitals actual costs increased by $37 million.

    During that same period, they increased charges by $173.7 million

    June 12, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  9. martin

    good,they should be near the leader of the democratic party,so they can be efficient.

    June 12, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  10. len2052

    ABBY GIVE ME A BREAK-GET OFF THE KOOL-ADE WILL YA!

    June 12, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  11. PumaontheRocks

    Oh ny goodness. Leave God out of the election nightmare.
    Obama is like a good used-car salesman. Talks a good game, makes you feel like he is your friend and trying to help you out and then when you aren't paying attention he screws you and takes your money!
    Yep that is the guy I want to see in the White House.

    Proud PUMA Democrat

    June 12, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  12. sacto joe

    This is the beginning of a 50 state campaign. Barak's going to go after votes in every state in the Union, red, blue or purple. He's not just out to win the Presidency, he's out to create a sea-change all the way down to the local level.

    This man is SO SMART!

    About time we had someone running for office that could count to twenty without having to take their shoes off....

    June 12, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  13. Tom, Boston MA

    Neo-con repugs! give it up.

    no one's buying your cheap attempts for manipulating the electorate.

    Go Howard Dean & Barak Obama!!! Drive all the neo-con thugs, theo-con idiots, and dem sellouts out of washington, and replace them with REAL DEMOCRATS!

    June 12, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  14. Obama For President

    The Democrats Are Uniting And Getting Ready To Clean House! The Republicans Are Going Down Hard In November!

    June 12, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  15. anonymous

    You just disappointed me again. You decided to keep Dean as the chair of the DNC–WHY? WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO DO THAT? Oh, I guess because you haven't closed your transaction yet.

    June 12, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  16. kelly WI

    Abby, How foolish.

    June 12, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  17. linda from South Dakota

    yes we can!!!!!!!! yes we can!!!!!!

    June 12, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  18. JOHN

    ROXY AND ABBY SOUND VERY BITTER, I UNDERSTAND SOMETIME IT'S VERY HARD TO CHANGE, IT'S HARD TO SEE WHEN YOUR STUCK IN THE DARKNESS, OH NOW OBAMA IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE 400 PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN GUNNED DOWN IN CHICAGO. OMG. HE WANT TO APPEASE TERRORIST, YOU SOUND JUST LIKE THE MAN WHO HAS A 28% APPROVAL RATING. AS IF WE ARE GOING TO BELIEVE ANYTHING HE SAYS. REP. TALKING POINTS=APPEASMENT. DUFUS=MCSAME, MCLAME, MCTHULSIA, MCSHAME.

    June 12, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  19. No McBush in 08!

    Roxy June 12th, 2008 6:32 pm ET

    ALL THIS TALK ABOUT CHANGE GOT ME SO INSPIRED THAT I DECIDED TO CHANGE MY PARTY AFFILIATION. ALSO, WHY INTERFERE WITH THE DNC AND DONNA BRAZILE'S DESIRE FOR A NEW COALITION. THEY DON'T NEED MY VOTE!

    "FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY ADULT LIFE, I WILL VOTE FOR THE GOP NOMINEE"!

    Good, I hope you don't mind the war and overturning Roe V Wade. A vote for McBush is a vote for both

    June 12, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  20. CYNTHIA in Redan, GA

    I know that this won't be published but I found out on the internet that Cindy McCain in a descendent of Slave Owners. Her dad and granddad were Slave owners and I believe that she was raised by a couple of them and so was her husbands parents. As old as her husband is he probably had a few himself. That is why they are so against Senator Obama becoming President. The Bush family was also and probably still have them in the house out back in Texas.

    June 12, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  21. pam Eugene OR

    The DNC needs Obama to raise money for them. They have done a very poor job this year and need lots of help!

    June 12, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  22. Bryan Chicago

    Vito. According to records from the CPD, there has only been 158 homicides in Chicago so far this year (it was not certain if the homicides were gun related murders). Which is probably incorrect as of this posting, but with that being said, if you are going to say something check your facts. Since 2004, Chicago's homicide number has not risen over 450! Meaning it would be a statistical anomaly to say something like what you are saying. Especially when you take into account the current trends in Chicago, More police patrols and the fact that since 1992 Chicago had only one year where the homicides in Chicago did not fall (2001 and in that year it only went up less then 6 percent!)

    I have lost family members to gun violence, and although I say it is out of control, I don't see how a federal senator can be held completely or even partially responsible for the entirety of Chicagoland.

    If you want to blame anyone, blame Daley. But if you were from Chicago, I am sure you would know that already.

    June 12, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  23. seah

    Chicago the most corrupt City in the nation.

    He is taking the DNC there for on site Training.

    Really he Miss's his friends, Wright, Ayers, and the rest.

    If he gets elected will he move the white house there also?

    June 12, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  24. vic nashville,Tn

    DNC please stay in Chicago Don’t come back to Washington Because you all don’t care about Americans
    Hillary 08or Mc Cain 08

    June 12, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  25. Eric

    Roxy,

    What will that do for the country? It is astounding to me that so many democrats are willing to vote for another 4 years of Bush failed policies, just because their candidate did not win the nomination. So the world must suffer. This is so sad. People of all ages are over in Iran risking their lives for a war that is not making us safe and John McCain wants to continue this effort at any and all costs. Barack is trying to bring unity and respect back to this country.

    So sad… So sad… So sad…

    June 12, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
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