June 5th, 2008
09:10 AM ET
14 years ago

Obama making imprint on DNC organization

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/05/art.obamadnc.gi.jpg caption="Obama will ask the DNC to stop taking lobbyist and PAC money."](CNN) - Barack Obama is set to ask the Democratic National Committee to no longer accept money from federal lobbyists or political actions committees, CNN has learned from sources at the DNC and the Obama campaign.

CNN has also learned Obama will ask one of his top operatives, Paul Tewes, to help the DNC with its fundraising operation, which has lagged far behind its Republican counterpart this year.

Tewes will be the Illinois senator's eyes and ears at the DNC and see to it that the party and the candidate are in sync, according to sources.

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  1. Sam W

    To Thoughtful Democrats Everywhere:

    I have real suspicion about the majority of the purported Clinton supporters who message on this (and other) boards about hating Obama and the Democratic party and supporting McCain in November. The vitriol is so over the top and divisive, and the fundamental message is almost always the same - abandon the democratic party, never give money again, vote for McCain, etc. The internet is a huge playground for those who enjoy masquerading. I think that Republicans with a "weaken the enemy" agenda – Rush Limbaugh types, not the run of the mill Republicans – are writing most of these messages, signing with a female name, and cackling at how "smart" they are. I bet most of them actually look like unattractive, corpulent and greasy Limbaugh types too. Are hundreds of thousands of progressive women really going to vote FOR the Iraq war and AGAINST a woman's right to choose? Doesn't make sense. They are much smarter than that.

    Obama has already demonstrated how to remain polite and respectful of one's opponent even in the heat of the battle. Here's what I suggest: from now on Obama supporters don't need to respond the the supposed Clinton messages with attacks back at Clinton or Clinton's supporters. The target usually doesn't exist. Respond with appropriate support of what Democrats everywhere believe in. The party will come together. Bitter internet Republicans hoping to seed dissension will fade away and go back to looking at porn or hate sites. We've fix this country and make it a world leader and a nation to admire once again.

    June 5, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |

    ########## V I V A O B A M A ###############

    June 5, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. NO to Hillary

    OBama Presidency will be the Greatest this Country has ever had.
    Michell you are our First Lady we look forward to this and your little gals .

    He needs V .P. with no strings attached its NO for Hllary/Willy

    As for the Fruitcake 60 year old think about this (This is a 60 year old woman NOT a 6 year old child grasping their Lego ).
    Some nuts have fallen out of that Fruitcake and the biggest nut is not only a me me me me me making a fool out of themselves for self interest ,a whiner, liar ,bragger , delusional " her reasoning is deceptive to mislead and tricky .
    Watch out Obama you will need a food taster if anywhere around them. They are on something is going to happen?

    June 5, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  4. Chut Pata

    With Billary gone, there is no need for money from corporate lobbyist and special interest groups. McCain is poor in raising money (and has some principals compared to Bush), there Obama can raised double the McCain money thru "$5 internet donors" alone.

    Good decision Obama. Another proof of your "Judgement" that qualified you to be the next prez.

    June 5, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  5. Wayne, Norfolk VA

    To poster Raymond Duke,
    There is no "Whitey" racist video from Michelle. That is a right wing blogger lie. Do your research before you post garbage like that. That's the problem a lot of people have with Obama – a genuine fear, with old predjudices and bigotry that fuel hate or dislike. This is exactly the kind of cowardice and division we don't need in America. If you don't like him, then that's ok, but at least give better reasons to dislike him than inuendos and rumors; (he's a muslim, he's a criminal, slimey, etc). Start talking hard evidence about his policy that you dislike, because truly Obama and Clinton have almost exactly the same policy stances.

    June 5, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
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