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. Obama Supporter

    I am soooo proud to be an American today!!

    Go Barack, we're all behind you!

    Yes WE CAN!!!!!

    June 5, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  2. Paul, FL




    June 5, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  3. Cal nig

    Ride on Man! OBAMA '08

    June 5, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  4. larry

    RTB June 5th, 2008 9:37 am ET

    Why is it the bitterness that you exude so typical of the 'wronged' woman. I can understand disappointment, but this level of viciousness is one of the reasons Hillary lost.
    Many of her followers are misplacing their emotions, directed to the wrong person.
    The number one reason she lost however, is that Obama is the right person for the times.

    Obama is the wrong person and will be shown the door in November!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 5, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  5. FN Wright

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

    You mean because they followed the rules and didn't let Hillary get her way? If anything about this race was disgraceful it was the way Clinton(s) behaved.

    June 5, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  6. AfricanforObama

    Hillary is not dropping out. She is suspending her campaign.
    There is a big difference.
    I do not know what that woman is planning but one thing I know is obama should NOT pick her as his VP.

    She wants the presidency so bad, I am afraid she will sabotage his candidacy.
    We all know she does not like him. He is stealing her Show.

    Obama 08

    June 5, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  7. F

    This is true leadership! Putting your money where your mouth is! I dont know about the rest of you, but this is what I want in my leader

    June 5, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  8. Emmanuel Che

    Change has begun!! Go Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 5, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  9. Obama2008Democrat

    Impressive! Simply impressive. Obama has clearly illustrated that the people should govern themselves and the elected officials are answerable to them. I'm donating too. Power to the people, be they !

    June 5, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  10. Obama v McCain

    Uh Oh i am beginning to be proud of this country for the FIRST time! what ever shall i do?

    Go Democrats!

    June 5, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  11. Vance Elliott

    Everyone needs to calm down and think about what has happened with this very historic event. Race has raised its ugly head in this campaign, pitting race against gender. We knew that this would be historic either way. Now that an African American has become the Democratic Nominee with the overwhelming support of a cross section of the population to include white, black, and Latino and if there is ever to be a woman to reach this milestone, then that same cross section of the population will be needed. So Support Obama so that we can breakdown these barriers and become a better country because of it.

    June 5, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  12. Gina - Lancaster, PA

    I love it. He is not just talk like many Clinton supporters were trying to say. He will take action and he started it less that 48 hours after being the democratic nominee.

    Way to set the tone and take the lead, (future) President Obama.

    June 5, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  13. Lavanya

    Finally, a politician who means what he says. I hope this is a foreteller of things to come in American politics.

    Charlotte, it seems your cynicism is misplaced in this instance. This is one politician who has steadfastly stood by his principles, without stooping to attack his opponents, and seems to genuinely mean what he says.

    June 5, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  14. VB Lincoln Park NJ

    To: John McCain "McSame" for Preseident;

    Funny how you are accusing Obama of doing what the GOP (Greed over Principle) party has done for the last eight years.

    Enough is enough. IT'S TIME FOR A CHANGE!!

    June 5, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  15. Peg


    June 5, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  16. NC voter

    ohhhh he's making an impact alright!!!

    i changed my party affiliation and mailed a copy of the form to the DNC to show them I am serious

    Hillary > Mccain > barney the dinosaur > obama

    June 5, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  17. Dave in Denver

    Does this ban also include Rezko?

    June 5, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  18. haas

    I knew Obama was smart but now I know he's a political genius. He's going to do for the DNC what he has done for his campaign. Raise money from the American people. The Republicans are going to have a hard time now showing they care about the average American when they get their money from corporations, and lobbyists. Way to go Obama. Go get 'em!!!

    June 5, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  19. notsurewhosworthit

    Its about time, I think that move is proof that change is coming. I just hope that if he wins, he doesn't wind up fighting the "permanent campaign" against the republicans.

    June 5, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  20. Billy

    To move beyond the Clintons is to just move ahead as if they are not in the picture. Give them praise, but just move on and clean things up. I'm hoping Obama will do the walk along with his talk. Action does speak louder than words. This move would be an indication of action backing up the talk. It is good to see him moving already!

    June 5, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  21. Jimmy Edu, Lagos

    To the cynics, this is the beginning of Obama's match of words with action. Go Obama ' 08

    June 5, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  22. Roger

    Please stop yelling, Kenneth M. . Your attitude does not represent the spirit that has brought us to this historical position in time. Please reconsider what you previously stated. Thanks.

    June 5, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  23. felix the cat

    i'm very happy that Obama won and i strongly believe he should take Hillary as his VP America needs her

    i'm a dominican living in Canada and i'm very proud of the American people for voting for two great people Obama and Hillary.. America this is the change you all have been waitinfg for

    Obama for President 2008 & Hillary VP 2008

    God bless you all
    Where America leads the World follows


    June 5, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  24. Watermann

    You all have got the chance for a CHANGE, Don`t mess it up. PLEASE.
    Hundreds of good friends here in the "old Germany" are watching what is going on in your country. Do hope that supporters of Senator Clinton also will get the "feeling". Following CNN political ticker and on TV Tuesday night made my friends and me almost travelling to the US in order to participate and witness a new "stream" which we would like to have in our country. The big shots have not even realized what ordinary people are waiting for.

    June 5, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  25. Let's Unite

    Clinton supporters please do not let a few ugly remarks on political blogs stand in the way making a choice that is clearly correct. This election is about us, not Obama, not Clinton and certainly not McCain. I will be voting Democrat in November because this party has chosen a candidate that will not tolerate the demise of this great country’s fundamental values and depletion of our reputation abroad that has taken place in the past 8 years. This move by Obama is a wonderful start. I can’t wait til January 20th.

    June 5, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
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