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. Phil Newton Murphy, Oregon

    A good, intelligent and ethical move.

    I likethis guy.

    June 5, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  2. Michelle from Colorado

    Obama supporters make me laugh. Even after your guy gets the nomination all you can do now is gloat. I hope to God he is not like you. Your attitude is what still makes some Clinton supporters block out Obama's message. We cannot hear him above your raucous, in your face, drivel. Sit in your seats and let the man do what he said he could do.
    Why can't you just be happy for him and look forward instead of trying to pick a fight? If you really believed in this candidate, you would take the high road and move on to loftier things than still wallow in the mire of your own self righteousness. This attitude is the one that separates all of us daily regardless of whether it is an election year. Grow up and be proud of what he might accomplish rather than being a sore winner. The war has just begun.

    June 5, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  3. jesus saves

    i'd just have to say that i find it funny that people still believe any and everything they hear. obama's a muslim, he's a black liberaterian, he's an elitist (how many of you even knew what that was before Hillary said it) he's sexist...you believe anything you hear and that just goes to show that America is still stuck. some of you are so gullible that if hillary told you Michelle slapped her in the face you'd believe it.

    yes obama is an african-american, but he's also a white american. i can tell you he didn't win the nomination because of the color of his skin. he won because his peers have faith and trust that he can deliver on his promise of change. he's a different type of leader...quite positive he is, why would you want anything less? Hillary has done an injustice to herself, the party and to her supporters by campaigning the way she campaigned. Throwing the most dirt does not entitle you to the presidency.

    and one more thing, people keep saying he's young and inexperienced blah blah blah. that the presidency isn't an internship. did anybody who sat in the oval prior to being elected ever have presidential (gov't) experience before they were actually elected? no one does, they all learn on the job they all experience what's required to run an effective gov't...well some do anyway.

    ANYWAY obama or mccain whoever's at the helm i pray will all God to govern his every move

    June 5, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  4. Kelly, PA

    WoW! He really wants the Democratic Party to genuinely embrace the principles of democracy. Thank you Obama! The Democratic Party would gain tremendous strength and influence if the people supported candidates financially instead of lobbyists (It certainly worked out well for him). What a paradigm shift for politics- Integrity!

    June 5, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  5. Hoyahoye

    What is democracy other than preceding the interest of the majority before those lobbyist? I am really very much happy with the stand of Mr. Obama.

    Thank you Obama

    June 5, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  6. jon

    most people are bent on mccain saying that he is more experienced
    so why did he vote for a war that he is always saying we are winning .
    iraq was weak after all those sanctions and a war with the world yet it is taking so many years to win and come home.now he is singing bomb iran how long this new war will take . all our wealth will be spent on war what about the people.use your wealth and talented youth for more practical or important things and leave those arabs with the stolen land they have its is for africa. look for oil in african states .you will see the arabs begging soon to prop their dictator government up vote on who will bring peace and prosperty to the land that GOD AS BLESSED SO MUCH .

    June 5, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  7. amanda

    let healing begin first with the disaffected ,and then the party, the country and then the world.GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!

    June 5, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  8. Ex-Hillary fan

    I connected with Obama's straight talk and integrity and I am glad he is backing his words with action!. I will donate with all my heart, to the hopefully Next President of the United States of America!

    June 5, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  9. JD

    AS someone who is not an American Citizen I can honestly say how proud I was to have witnessed history being made in the United States of America. It leaves us the rest of the world to believe this is a true meaning of democracy.

    To the supporters of Hilary Clinton I strongly suggest you all come together to unite the party this is what she would want. She has showed us all women can achieve success in this world. I for one believe. Thank you Hilary.

    June 5, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  10. Marilyn

    Many of us who voted for Clinton did so because, after the good people dropped out (i.e., Biden, Edwards, etc.), we considered her the lesser of the two remaining evils on the Democratic side. Now that she is out of the picture McCain is the lesser of the two remaining evils. Bitterness has nothing to do with it. I will vote for the good of the country over party loyalty every time! If I wouldn't vote for Obama before, why on earth would I vote for him now?

    June 5, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  11. Joe from Northern California

    American politics are often a series of corrections. Jimmy Carter, provided a necessary dose of decency and trustworthiness, following the Watergate years–even though he wasn't the strongest as Commander in Chief. Similarly, Obama will provide people a sense of a new beginning altogether, rather than a "modification" of policy (represented in admittedly varying degrees by McCain and Clinton). Sometimes athletic teams need a change of coaches simply to improve morale, even if the end results are the same–at least the team feels positive about building towards success.

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

    "John McCain For President" How will Obama be a better commander in chief than McCain? Let us count the ways. First, no more shooting before talking. Which means our military won't be stretched to the brink. Which means it will, once we figure out how to get out of Iraq, be a better military. Right now it's a thin military full of exhausted men and women fighting an unpopular war. Obama has said he will focus on the real threat, Al Queda, in eastern Afghanistan. He will provide better benefits for veterans, and has said in the past their is no excuse for homeless vets. The list goes on and on. McCain, on the other hand, is, basically, a zombie.

    June 5, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  13. randy

    Let the change start from botom up.
    Yes we can.

    June 5, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  14. Kaye- Jacksonville FL

    He just impresses me more everyday! I'm barely making ends meet but I'll donate to the DNC if they do as he wants and reject lobbyist – PAC funding. I've supported Obama from day one....he's going to be a great, great leader for America.

    June 5, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  15. Michael, Farmington, NH

    It is very important for supporters of Obama to not antagonize Clinton supporters. We do need their votes, very badly.

    June 5, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  16. Letha, SD

    Funny, this was something he fought earlier in the primaries but NOW he wants it to stop. He accepted bundled contributions from lobbyists and most of his advisor's are lobbyist. How soon the Obamanation groupies forget. Go check Thomas A. Daschle (D-S.D.), who joined Alston & Bird Atlanta-based firm's corporate clients strategic advice on such issues as energy, health care, financial services, tax policy, trade and agriculture. They rank 50th in the nation of big push law firms. So funny!

    June 5, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  17. Erik Soto from Oregon

    change has begun. This is a huge step and im glad that Obama is leading the democrats into novembers election. OBAMA '08

    June 5, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  18. Steve, Madison WI

    To "John McCain for Pres." :

    The role of a "leader" is to lead. You obviously do not have to be a war veteran to make decisions regarding war, otherwise most of the elected Republican leaders would be disqualified, including Bush and Cheney. A good leader surrounds themselves with people who are experts in various areas and then actually listens objectively to them (in other words the opposite of what Bush and Cheney do).

    To Charlette (and the like):

    I am an independent who started the election season as a Clinton supporter, but with the resolve to support whomever was the "anti-McCain" candidate as we need CHANGE!! Hillary lost fair and square and actually mainly lost due to her team's failure in caucas strategy (which is ironic since Harold Ickes played a key role in getting the caucas system going years ago). Anyone so self-centered to put their egos ahead of the good of the American people should be ashamed. More war, a ultra-conservative supreme court, more tax cuts for the rich, no healthcare reform.... this will be your guilt and shame should you not unite to defeat McSame. Just as the Neo-cons and the Religous Right don't represent the true Republican ideals of Goldwater and Eisenhower, the "If not Hillary, I'll vote for McCain" crowd are a fringe element tainting the ideals of the Democratic Party.

    Unite or go away, but do not claim to be a Democrat!

    June 5, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  19. igbogirl

    I am so glad that Obama is the Democratic Party nominee. I am glad I voted for him earlier on in the primaries when nobody believed in him and what he can do. As an Immigrant, I am so proud of what he has achieved and I pray for him everyday for God's guidiance, wisdom and understanding to find out the direction God wants this country to go. I am so applled as to what is going on in this country and having lived here for 16 years now it is said to see the America that was once powerful gradually lose its power. I think we as citizens ought to pray for God to deliver us from all this because it will get worse from here if we don't.

    June 5, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  20. Yianto

    Change is on the way!!!

    June 5, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  21. A New Mexican

    This is exactly why I want this guy in the white house. I didn't donate during the primaries but I WILL during the GE. Go Barack!!! Give Washington back to the people!!!!

    June 5, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  22. Chris from Chicago

    To "John McLame for President" – Condoleeza and other administration officials and even McCain's top advisors are saying we should meet with Iran's leadership. How is that supporting our country's interests when everyone recognizes what is a good idea, and your McLame candidate prefers to ignore their sound advice for the purpose of sound bites that line up with ignorant people like you! Barack will be a better Commander in Chief because he is open to change and open to dialogue with the world. And I guarantee you; the world is WAITING for the US to bring its leadership (but it has to be leadership that they can respect!) and four more years of George W Bush (lack of) foreign policy is definitely not the answer!

    June 5, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  23. WH

    Well this sounds like a nice bunnies and rainbows fluff piece............hahahahahahaa. 🙂 Don't forget he's not in charge of the DNC and there's no way this will swing with Dean and Pelosi. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh DNC...........be careful what you wish for or shove down America's throat........becasue you just got it.

    June 5, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  24. EDU from Dallas, TX

    Isn’t it nice to see for once a leader who is willing to go against the establishment and set a course for a better country?
    For those Clinton supporters angry that Obama won, always remember that you never get into a competition unless you are ready to either win or loose.
    When you claim that you will not vote for Obama because he won will just prove that crazy catholic priest that you “feel entitled” that Clinton should be the nominee, regardless of the democratic process.

    June 5, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  25. 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! White, black, Brown, Democrats, Republicans, Independents et al. Let's embrace change for a better tomorrow

    June 5, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
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