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. Mikey, Scottsdale AZ

    TO BRIAN IN KNOXVILLE ;

    HEY BRIAN ...DID YOU EVEN READ THIS ARTICLE ?

    HILLARY WOULD HAVE NEVER EVER DONE THIS ...

    June 5, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  2. dreamseeker9

    Thank you Emeka. Charlotte – grow up and jump on the bandwagon for God's sake...

    June 5, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. Cat

    How will they spin this on the other side? I doubt the DNC will agree to it, so that's probably how they'll spin it.

    Good job, Obama. So far, making good on his promises.....

    June 5, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  4. George in Chicago

    Charlotte-
    You're an idiot.
    The days of the Clintons are now over. Get used to it. Let it go.
    And while you're at it- take the "Kerry/Edwards bumper sticker off your car!

    June 5, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  5. Greg

    Christine, I hope you also noticed that the McCain people copied the style of Obama's website – similar logos, similar slogan – they couldn't come up with a message and style of their own. That shows a lot about the kind of ideas they will bring.

    June 5, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  6. Ben

    Go Obama! Keep taking concrete steps in the right direction and the American people will see that " Yes, We Can" indeed. You Republicans, keep harping on "inexperience and Rev Wright" this is all you can see, because this is all you think about, old stereotypes and division. Hillary"s performance on Tuesday night is EXACTLY the reason she lost the primary and why she would not make a good leader, at this time. Barack stood steady, acknowledged his faults, admitted them and made the correct changes. What else can a person expect from their leader but steadfastness, humility and wisdom? You may not agree with everything Barack is saying, but YOU KNOW he will lead with HONESTY, STEADFASTNESS, WISDOM and HONOR. Go Obama!

    June 5, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  7. Angela Hunter

    I believe in what Obama is saying all the way, if you are financed by the people you will work for the people. Politicains have been controlled for to long by contributions. It is time for a change.

    June 5, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  8. dreamseeker9

    It will work. I'll keep sending my weekly minimal donation and I hope everyone else does. I'm so proud and happy that I don't know what to do with myself!

    June 5, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  9. Will

    This is the first step of "Change you can believe in" to "Here's How" .....No money from lobbyists or political actions committees is a start in the right direction ....how many lobbyists were kicked off of McCain team 5 and counting the only people that will benefit from McCain is corporate america while the rest of us continue paying 5 dollar gas as the Republican machine takes away or homes.!!

    June 5, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  10. vic nashville,Tn

    Preacher never flow what he preach
    Thanks to Tony Rezko

    June 5, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  11. carolflowery

    he doesnt need it with all the foreign money being funneled in the the usa from the hamas and such other organizations

    June 5, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  12. Andrew Kessinger

    yes yes yes!

    June 5, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  13. GO HILL!

    Everytime I get to a point where I could stomach voting for Obama, the CNN "best political team" opens their mouths and bash Hillary. They have made my decision for me, NOT to vote for BO, and it just confirms the bias and sexism I have seen against Hillary since last year.

    June 5, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  14. Ron

    I listen to all these die-hard Hillary supporters who are so upset that their candidate didn't win and see a lot of women who must have been wronged somewhere in their life by a man. They then go to rallies and post comments on websites projecting the hate built up from their experiences onto someone who has only shown the upmost respect for women and that's future President Obama. Even funnier is that these same women believe it to be hogwash when a minority who has experienced prejudice in their life perceives even a hint of prejudice in something said by an Obama opponent. Sexism does not trump racial prejudice and vice versa. If you perceive there to be any form of gender bias in a statement or happening then fine but don't be a hypocrite and refuse to believe that others may think that their feelings of bais are any less important.

    June 5, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  15. RJ, CA

    How "impressive"! Now that he has his own thing in the bag (with the money of lobbyists), he want to keep them out of the DNC - just like always - except that he will plant ANOTHER one of his operatives in the DNC - just like before. Now that he has his own thing in the bag, he talks "tough" about terrorists - just like always. Just like always, he will continue to steal other candidates' ideas and make them his own. What a fake and opportunist!

    June 5, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  16. Brian

    To: "John McCain for President"

    I, for one, do not want to have another 100 year war: do not want a President that is beholding to special intrest groups and big Business: Do not want to see anymore "no bid" Billion$$$ contracts: Do not want any more jobs outsourced when Companies in this country can perform the same function: Do not want any more "shotgun" diplomacy: And lastly do not want any "bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran" type person in any leadership position.

    June 5, 2008 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  17. Time to move on Hillraisers

    I feel sorry for these Hillary supporters who just won't give up. They think she could run in 2012, poor things.

    June 5, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  18. Oregon Women for Obama

    Charlotte-Please vote based on issues, not some random pro-Obama posters you have never met before!! Women love to tout their suffragist fight, yet are willing to toss their vote away out of anger and spite.

    This woman wants to thank Senator Obama! As a faithful contributor to your primary campaign, it was a pleasure to donate to your GE fund.

    CNN- Enough with the pictures of HRC!!!!!!

    June 5, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  19. obama == supporter== arkansas

    great
    now if the people in the blogs will grow up and stop threating obama, it will be greater. this old i will write hillary in and he will loose, well i know it is just threats,but if it did happen, they will both loose and there fore hillary will have to leave the country.she will be put out of any politics. she really needs to work on her supporters. she has brought this party to caois. and the die hard childish supporters followed her. now she has a mess that could take all america down to nothing by giving bush a 3rd term. people grow up and use your brain instead of your star struck eyes which sees a queen bee. she is using you voters for bargaing chips to get the second beat thing she wants.

    cnn please post this

    June 5, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  20. pam Eugene OR

    Please STOP bashing the Hillary supporters. We DO NEED them. Can't we be good winners? It is over and she will endorse Obama. Let's play nice for a better America. Barack would want us to rise above the bickering and insults. Please give them time to adjust to the idea.

    June 5, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  21. Carlinton Burrell (Jamaica)

    This is a man who's bite is just as worse as is bark, Obama live up to his every word and that is respectable and honorable.

    OBAMA TO THE WORLD!!!

    June 5, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  22. Jim Wade

    Obama won the popular vote. Period. Hillary only won it if you count Michigan and Florida which were discounted primaries. The delegates are being seated, the votes still do not count. Not to mention Obama is up by more than a million in votes if you do the math for the Caucus'. Being an Iowan, I would like to say to the fanatical Hillary supporters who cry about votes not counting, get real. You want her to get the nomination based on the popular vote? Well guess what, I live in Iowa, we don't vote. We have a caucus, meaning none of our voices are calculated in the popular vote. Read a book.

    June 5, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  23. Veronica,nj

    Im so exited about this election...and is all because of you barack!!!
    Love you man!!

    YES WE DID IT!!!

    June 5, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  24. Cooper

    True to form, Obama is showing what he is made of. I can't just wait to see this guy in the Whie House. Bravo young man. You are a god-sent.

    June 5, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  25. Bill Mora

    To, "John Mcsame for president"

    Your the one thats oblivious to the many wrongs Bush has done to this country. I pose these question to you. If you love this country and you place it first before any paty values , then how can YOU vote for a man that has the same polocies as Bush, policies that has drag this country down hill. Do you want to keep seeing gas prices go up? Do you want to see the war continue for a 100 years as you candidate sugested?. Do you want to see this country economy stay in a slump? Obama will give us a fresh start and new ideas. Hey we had a President for eight years whos policies have not worked, why not try something different and new.

    June 5, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
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