June 5th, 2008
09:10 AM ET
15 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.

soundoff (505 Responses)
  1. KP, FL

    I am very happy to see this. He is already beginning to effect the change he has so fervently endorsed his entire campaign.


    June 5, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  2. Enlightened Voter - No hillary for VP

    He is such an honorable man with integrity. He is not just talk, he walks the walk.
    BTW-what ever happened to the gas tax holiday that hillary and mccain promised?

    June 5, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  3. Kenneth M


    June 5, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  4. DW

    He's (Barack) is starting on the right foot already!!! You go Barack!!! Organize! Organize!!!

    I'm sooooo PROUD of YOU!!!!!

    My prays are with you all the way. Great start!!!

    Love ya!!!!

    June 5, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  5. John in Virgina

    This is a good idea for the purposes of consistency. I just hope people are able to pump up the DNC funds from the measily $4.4 million they had last month.

    June 5, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  6. Charlotte

    They will never get another dime from me. I think the way this election was handled if a disgrace to democracy.

    June 5, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  7. carlo

    It's nice to hear that Obama is using his new influence over the DNC to do something constructive and ethical. I love this man.

    June 5, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  8. Greg, NY

    Wow, I hope they comply. That would be a big move.

    June 5, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  9. Heather

    I think that's fantastic. Look out, here comes the new Democratic Party. With Obama's fundraising power behind it, we can't lose. I am so excited about this election.

    June 5, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  10. Obama v McCain

    Presidental already. Let the Change begin!

    June 5, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  11. Annette

    Excellent move, smart and right decision on the DNC. This move shows the incredible organization and technology use by the Obama camp, a glimpse into the style of the Obama presidental administration.

    June 5, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  12. Charlotte

    correction typo.. is a disgrace to democracy!!!

    June 5, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  13. Brian Knoxville, TN

    I have voted for Democratic candidates in every primary election, general election, midterm election and recall election (I voted in CA against the 2003 recall of Gray Davis) since 1996, sometimes enthusiastically and other times not so much, and I have donated money to candidates and the DNC since 2004.

    But this nomination is the worst failure of Democratic Party leadership that I have ever known. I wish pundits would stop saying that Hillary exposed weaknesses. She didn't. She's a strong candidate with depth. Obama is a weak candidate with nothing but flowery rhetoric and empty slogans. Hillary didn't 'expose' that Obama is sleazy and shallow. He just is sleazy and shallow, and most Democrats who voted in the primaries saw through the smoke and mirrors and saw that he is sleazy and shallow.

    The party's leadership has totally failed us.

    A moderate Republican and a qualified leader

    June 5, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  14. CW4Barak

    Start showing them how to lead President Obama. Onwards and upwards all the way!

    Obama '08

    June 5, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  15. FB

    So, just checking the last board.

    Hilliots are still whining. Demanding things from the Obama supporters.

    Wrong, you were the abnoxious ones. YOU accused Obama of being a racist. The media and the political elite claimed Bill Clinton was a racist.

    You have claimed from day 1 that genderism was bringing Hillary down. Wrong, it is her lying and win at all cost attitutde. It is her, and your attitude of inevitability. Remember those days?

    You and Hillary have lied (popular vote, Bosnia) and manipulated the rules (FL and MI "it is clear they will not count", to "count all votes". . . but just not caucuses or any state that could hurt me).

    And you blind followers regurgitate everything she says without any sort of due diligence.

    Many Hillary supportets have already jumped ship. What is left? The crazy women who are blind, and unwilling to apolgize (like Hillary). GO VOTE FOR MCCAIN. Stop threatening and just do it in Nov. In the meantime, SHUT UP!!! We owe you nothing!

    June 5, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  16. Steve

    Wow! Now thats what I call CHANGE! That is what we really need: Democracy by and for the people once again! It's time to tell the lobbylist and PACs that they can have their right to argue for their ideas like every other American or group of Americans, but their money will no longer talk!

    June 5, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  17. OG Straight Talk

    That is leadrship! With a person with good organisational skills, DNC will realize that little drops of water makes a might ocean that never dries! Moreover, the best option for democracy is being free form lobbyist that can blackmail and pressure you to make decisions that is in conflict with the needs and interests of the people one is representing / serving!

    June 5, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  18. Sam

    Such Leadership is amazing and just a piece of what is promised.
    He will be the greatest president the US has ever seen.

    Obama 08/ Clinton 08

    June 5, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  19. Nsikan

    That's right! You practice what you preach and live what you believe. No more pretence, no more double standing, no time to waste. Pave the ways for change. It may not be easy but we trust Senetor Obama to make good on his promises. Its another time to donate my $25 to the campaign.

    June 5, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  20. Bill NY

    Its nice to see that change begins right away!

    June 5, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  21. dmw

    If the DNC does not take federal lobbyists money, I would be surprised. They may do it to please Obama, but, it will not last.

    The DNC and the Democrats are as much about special interests as the Republicans. The special interests are different. One is geared towards capitialism (Republicans) and the other is geared towards Socialism (Democrats).

    June 5, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  22. Anthony

    Real progressive change is coming to America!!!! Brace yourselves!!!

    June 5, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  23. Jake from Ny

    This is another example of Obama's leadership, his vision, and his ability to think ahead and manage a successful operation all at the same time.

    This is exactly the type of individual that we all NEED running the country. Smart and able to know what he can handle and what is better handled by somebody else.

    June 5, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  24. voter

    good move. he is maintaining his promise to not have lobbiest control washington. it is refreshing to see a candidate stand by his word.

    June 5, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  25. Phong Nguyen

    It sounds positive!!!

    June 5, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
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