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. Roz, IL

    Go Barack. Please All, donate whatever you can afford. every cent counts, we need to win back our house.

    June 5, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  2. MK

    Go ahead and let em vote for McCain, they're throwing their votes away because Obama will win anyway. For every bitter Clintonite that votes McCain there are about 3 or 4 new first time voters in the Dem party now who signed up just to vote for Obama. Our boy Barack is going to win even if every Clinton supporter in the nation votes McCain. Barack cannot be stopped

    June 5, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  3. Kiah

    This movement is not just for OBAMA SUPPORTERS which is what he and his campaign has been saying all along.

    It's for the Democratic Party and those who want to be apart of it. It's not a game folks and while people are calling him Osama and inexperienced and counting against him based on SUPERFICIAL BS, they will have to sit on the sidelines and watch as he reshapes our country!

    It's not a game...he is for real!

    June 5, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  4. Frank

    I congratulate Mr Obama and Mrs Clinton. Both put in their best to convince fellow party men and women. In the end Obama win the nomination. So I think it is time for all the true democrats to move beyond party politics and go after the white House which is what all of this is about.
    As to policy, I do not see much different between Clinton and Obama and if there is any, I think it can be accommodated. So to all true democrats, let us unit and go for the White House.

    June 5, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  5. Ngaruiya, Limuru, Kenya

    GOBAMA!

    June 5, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  6. Anthony

    Great, the DNC which takes in much less than the RNC should stop accepting money from some doners.The bitterness in this division of the democarts may lead to a Mccain win. Will this bitterness subside before nov?
    About Hillary taking the VP job. Yes Hillary and Obama will get along(they are politicans afterall), but how about the supporters on both sides. Another thing won't it look like Hillary just used NY if she settles for the VP job?

    June 5, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  7. pakuna

    That is why obama must never be elected. he has led you all into an abyss of fear. yes he will change things. all your rights as an american will be stripped away. this has nothing to do with hillary or mccain. obama is like the piped piper he is leading you to a cliff edge and laughing at you all the way. why does he not give up his citizenship of africa now that he can be proud to be an american?

    June 5, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  8. Anthony Watkins West Palm Beach, FL

    well, if everyone of his donors will also give the dnc 5 bucks, they will be well funded!!!!

    June 5, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  9. Beth form Jersey

    Thank you, Senator Obama, for showing me that my faith has not been in vain.

    June 5, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  10. John W., Milwaukee, WI

    WOW! This is GREAT!

    When the Obama campaign goes broke and McCain wiins the presidency Obama can claim we were out spent; he won't have to deal with his own fundamental incompetence...

    June 5, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  11. gary

    DONT THINK O.B. IS GOING TO WIN IN NOV. YOU YOUNG HATERS IN O.B.'S CULT HAVE MADE THIS RACE DISGUSTING. WITHOUT HRC ON TICKET ,HE WONT GET HER VOTERS. MCCAIN WILL DISTROY O.B. THIS IS BEEN A FIXED RACE FROM MEDIA, PRESS, SUPER DELIGATES, DNC ETC. BIAS AGAINST A WOMAN LEADER. ALL THE HATE AGAINST THE CLINTONS AND HER SUPPORTERS ,WILL TURN AROUND AND BACKFIRE ON YOU HATERS. AMERICA GETS WHAT THEY DESERVE.HIS MONEY AND ALL HIS SPEECHES ARE NOT ENOUGH TO RUN A COUNTRY.

    June 5, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  12. demveteran

    Behold another future case study on how the democratic party lost a general election. Once everybody gets over their giddiness that the executive branch has become an EEO employer, maybe the media will remember what an unpatriotic, militant, racist Mr. Obama is. I'll be voting for Ralph Nader this time around.

    June 5, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  13. PJ

    Charlotte, Why is it that you are upset? is it because Hillary lost, or is it because Barack won?
    In the history of elections, never has the young voters come-out in numbers like they have in this one. Younger, educated voters are seeing past gender and race and concentrating on what they believe is more important, the future of this country. I agree with the above writers and think that you should take a clear look at what is at stake in this historic and challenging time and ask, Whom do you want at the helm to fight these important challenges?

    As to this political ticker....I think it is great that he is asking the DNC to halt federal lobbyists or political actions committees donations, it really shows leadership.

    Go Obama! Go America!

    June 5, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  14. Steve O.

    Obama is not perfect, but he's the most impressive major party nominee I've seen in my 40-year lifetime. This is a great step forward for our democracy.

    June 5, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  15. Hard Working Martha

    Charlotte, calm down. Why are you stabbing your candidate, who will endorse Obama on Saturday, in the back? If you are a TRUE HRC supporter, you will follow her to the end. Listen to what your candidate said in one of her inerviews, "it would be a huge mistake to vote for McCain". Also, read her email to her supporters regarding her campaign, posted on the site today, she's a true DEM and not a "hot air" DEM. Listen to her speech at the AIPAC on yesterday and how she supported Obama.

    To ALL HRC supporters, if you support your candiate, you need to help her repay her debt, make the move and unify the party. Stop being so selfish.

    June 5, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  16. volakis

    Accountability in government starts with the flow of money. Cut off the PACS and you start to have control of what happens at the highest levels. This should be very interesting. If the Republicans and McCain do not follow suit they will be viewed as complete hypocrites. The fact that the McCain crew does not have a chance of developing a network like Obama has in place is going to effectively cut them off at the knees financially!!! As they struggle to tap their old resources (big corp donors) they will soon run out of cash....

    This is a brilliant move. People should watch and listen...this is like an amazing chess match...

    June 5, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  17. atypical

    I like Jack's take on it all. If we each do a little, it contributes to something much bigger: KInda like what Obama said about how the country is greater than the sum of its parts.

    What's phenomenal is how more and more are coming together out of a unshakable sense of hope and a clarifying sense of vision to help contribute to a greater level of unity.

    I am grateful to these folks as much as I am to Obama for being willing to help us take ourselves to Washington and get about the task of taking more responsibility for our lives and creating some robust beneficial change.

    Send your change and be a part of change. 🙂
    Peace.

    June 5, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  18. Adam - TX

    You would have to reject all your union and organization support them, Obama! Gosh, why are you so ignorant? Those are special interests too! You'll be charged a hypocrite rejecting special interest for oil companies but supporting unions that work for other industries...

    June 5, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  19. yes we can

    dang.....speechless

    June 5, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  20. martin

    NOW THAT'S LEADERSHIP!no more lobbyists!no more pacs!the people want their voices heard!

    June 5, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  21. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    Making the DNC stop taking money from lobbyists...this is huge as both parties have taken millions from lobbyists over the years. Yet another great example of the differences between McCain and Obama.

    Hillary supporters – I can empathize with some of your feelings as harsh words have been going back and forth from both camps during this process. However, does supporting McCain out of anger truly show your support of your candidate. If you go to McCain because you feel he is the better candidate, that is totally your choice and we should all respect your decision. If you are going to McCain out of spite, this is where I think you are going over the line for no valid reason.

    June 5, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  22. Charles Douglas Lemay

    WOW!

    What a GREAT way to start!

    As Monty Python used to say, "And now for something
    completely different..."

    I have the feeling American Politics will NEVER be the same.

    HOLY SMOKES!

    June 5, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  23. FORMER DEMOCRAT

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    A VOTE FOR MCCAIN IS A VOTE AGAINST HUSSIEN

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    June 5, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  24. John from FL

    I'm so proud to be an american right now! We are living in great times! GREAT times!

    June 5, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  25. Nicole in NE

    That is awesome! It's time to take all these special imterests out of Washington!

    They ARE NOT for the American people!

    June 5, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
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