June 5th, 2008
09:10 AM ET
14 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. Republican for Obama

    This is why I am switching for this election cycle. Obama, you have my vote.

    June 5, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  2. MegSupportsObama

    Can't we all just get along???

    Hillary is a great woman. A very strong woman who has done many great things. But Obama has won the nomination, so let's move forward. For those of you who are bitter Hillary supporters, don't let your hatred ruin what could be a giant step forward for the DNC. Whatever you do, please do not let McCain get elected! That would be the worst possible outcome of this election. Please stop being selfish and think about the greater good for our country and your fellow man. VOTE OBAMA '08!!!!

    And, future Mr. President, way to step up to the plate!!! I'm proud to have you as my party's nominee!!

    June 5, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  3. California Voter

    Obama won the nomination by a very slim delegate margin, smallest margin in history. He received biased press reporting and yes, his race played heavily in the process to his advantage. Let's hear what he has to say regarding his long-term relationship with a black liberation church, one where hatred and racism was the theme and he never blinked an eye. Where is his experience, judgment, honesty and core character?

    June 5, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  4. A Woman in Missouri

    Charlotte, my advise to you. Anger Management.

    June 5, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. Andrew

    Brian Knoxville, TN

    Prove Obama is "sleazy and shallow" and I will pay you $100k.

    You are full of empty rhetoric.

    And possibly afraid of of a strong black leader.

    June 5, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  6. Chris

    I don't understand how so many people let what a few internet yahoos say bother them so much. These people have nothing better to do than stir the pot. Everyone relax and stop the fighting...it distracts us from the real issues facing us moving forward.

    June 5, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  7. Gina - Lancaster, PA

    TO JENNY from IN:

    Right on. Well-written. 🙂

    June 5, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  8. Independent-Cuban-American-woman-voter-for-Obama

    Those of you on this blog that continue to dismiss Sen. Obama because some creeps that he knows, need to THINK! We ALL have people that we know how are nuts, who we wouldn't want scrutinized. Get over it!

    Sen. Obama is an awesome man, we finally have a politicians who will face us (the gas holiday thing) and tell us the truth rather than pander!

    We need to move forward as a nation, people! We can't continue the policies put forward by the RNC, they have been failures!

    Can anyone explain to me why Sen. Obama should choose Sen. Clinton as his running mate? Especially after the hideous comments about RFK?

    June 5, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  9. Cory in Little Rock

    Can any of you Clinton/McCain flip-floppers tell me exactly how McCain represents more of what Hillary stood for than Obama? OK, I'll give you the "gas tax holiday", (which never came to fruition I might add), but it seems that they are opposites on just about everything else that we care about. Healthcare, Iraq, education, Social issues...

    I just hope that the jade fades and ya'll start paying attention to the issues.

    June 5, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. Wygenia

    Thank you FB I could not have stated that any better.

    June 5, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  11. Tired of W, OH

    Charlotte is definitely a republican in dem clothing. Pay her comments no mind. I've watched her comments on all of the blogs for months now and it is certain that she was never a democrat. I personally know 4-year-olds that whine less than her.

    June 5, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  12. Fazio

    This is a very commendable position, and one measure that will help cleanse the Democratic party of the special interest sleaze that live on K Street in Washington, DC.

    Let's return the Democratic Party to the fine people of this country - and take back our country from the scourge of George Bush!

    Obama 08!

    June 5, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  13. Democrats Rule

    Once more soon to be President Obama shows what leadership is all about. This man is a gift and we should all be very grateful. He is a once in a generation mind that can positively impact the world with our help. The future is in good hands!

    June 5, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  14. Ilona Proud Canadian

    jesus saves,

    Very well said, who knows, maybe as he continues on this Presidential Campaign, people will, finally, see what this man is all about, and trust and respect him!

    This is your chance to improve your Country for the betterment of "ALL AMERICANS"

    The road ahead is going to be very difficult, you just have to keep believing in "Change We Can Believe In"

    June 5, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  15. Manny

    If Michelle wants to be Camelot with a tan, she better find someone else to dress her. Could she have picked a more unflattering dress for his victory celebration? And please, someone tell her that she should NEVER wear sleeveless anything, anywhere. Oh, do you think this is harsh and insulting? Tell that to the lady in the pantsuit.

    June 5, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  16. Tonie

    Mr President matches words with action.
    OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT

    June 5, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  17. rdbtwthlins

    Obama once pledge to accept public funding too..

    June 5, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  18. Mahesh N

    This message is to all Democratic supporters – please step back to contemplate your actions before you let your frustration dictate what you do. This was a tough race between two good candidates in which only one was going to be elected, so there was bound to be disappointment to the supporters of the candidate who was the runner-up. An important point however
    Issues matter -Obama and Hillary more or less have the same stand on all important issues – Iraq war, economy etc. Their view on these issues is significantly different from McCain's who has aligned himself with the Bush admin.
    Obama supporters: Your candidate has been elected but he needs the support of all constituents if he is to get elected. Its time to stop the negative blogging with Hillary supporters and focus on uniting for the general election.
    HRC Supporters: I understand your disappointment but its self defeating to vote for McCain just to spite Obama. Remember that with Bush's help, the Republicans are probably only one vote away from overturning Roe vs Wade and that's something McCain might push through.
    Time for change – Democrat in the White House!!

    June 5, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  19. HILLARY WAS FORCED OUT BY SEXISM!!!

    I HAVE NO RESPECT FOR OBAMA!

    HE IS DISHONEST!

    IT WILL ALL COME OUT VERY SOON!!!!!!

    June 5, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  20. Josh

    This is great. He plans to make up ground against the RNC by accepting fewer contributions. Brilliant strategy. I can really see how that's going to pan out well for the DNC.

    Maybe they can have a yard sale or a lemonade stand instead, to help raise money.

    June 5, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  21. Semere

    Wow....This is a big big move.....what a smart guy...

    June 5, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  22. A New Mexican

    I am an Obama supporter and agree with Michelle from Colorado. Hillary is conceding and supporting Barack and as a group we need to look forward to Nov. and stop the divide in the party. I think that being proud of our candidate is okay especially when he moves to get lobbyists out of or party but at this point we need to respect the Clintons and let's all work to get Barack as well as congressional democrats running into office!!!

    June 5, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  23. Greg

    Charlotte, My university/employer did an event for Hillary some months ago. They have still not been paid. If there are 18 million people who voted for Hillary then they should be able to pay off her campaign debt of 30 million at less than 2 bucks a person. This money could also go to pay many of the people who had to forgo pay, you know, her staff, the people who fought with her and believed in her as fervently as you do, and to pay back Hillary's 11 million dollars she loaned herself. That would be a far more productive activity than blogging so much about how you hate Obama. You are not voting for him; we get it. But we're moving on.

    Obama just got the DNC to stop taking money from lobbyists. This is a big CHANGE. Why don't you blog about why it is a good idea or not a good idea? At least that would be relevant.

    June 5, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  24. Debbie

    I was in Janesville, WI yesterday and people are very upset at NAFTA. NAFTA was a major issue in my state.

    McCain and the Republicans support keeping NAFTA as it is. They claim it's a great thing for the US.

    The reality is thousands of hard working people just lost their jobs because of NAFTA. When plants close in the US, only to see new ones open in Mexico, there is no other explanation than NAFTA.

    The economy is getting worse and the Republican solution is to praise companies who send our jobs to Mexico.

    June 5, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  25. Glad to be an Independent

    Obama is putting his stamp on the Democratic party. He talked about change and he is implementing that change. Good start!

    June 5, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
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