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. MD

    Wise move. Obama is born to lead.

    June 5, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. SCvotes

    Obama is not the DNC. Obama is not your state leaders who initially accepted the rules of the DNC, Obama did not cause your candidate (Hillary) to lose, Obama did not ship your blue collar jobs overseas (Bill) did!!! Let's get real! Obama is not the cause of the current world problems. The Bush Administration is in charge and have been for 8 years. If you think switching to McCain is only going to hurt Obama you are WRONG!!!

    June 5, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  3. Ostriches burying our heads in the sand

    To all Hillary supporters.....please don't base your voting decisions based on what pundits are saying about Hillary or what some BO supporters are saying about her or about you..........Barack is not saying these things....and he is the one on the ballot- not the pundits or his supporters...

    It is understandable that you are disappointed, but I hope you will think this through and give the guy a chance........McCain is just more of the same...we cannot afford that for four more years...

    June 5, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. New York

    Charlotte says,
    "They will never get another dime from me. I think the way this election was handled it's a disgrace to democracy."
    =====================================================

    Charlotte, I will donate for the both of Us. Thank you forgiving me this idea. No need to thank me...

    New York for Senator Obama!

    June 5, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  5. Lance

    @FB

    Oh my gosh! You to FB. What is with this cut and pasting? I don't care whose camp your in, can't you guys come up with a non-generic idea for your posts? Maybe you guys are plants to just stir up things in these comments. Enough already.

    June 5, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  6. elizabeth

    to those that want to vote for McCain because Hillary didn't win remember that you wiil have four more years of the same. Why do you want that.? you will be hurting yourselves.

    June 5, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  7. KP, FL

    CODY SAID @ June 5th, 2008 9:23 am ET

    Well, Obama is actually not a true African American (because he is half-white, half-black) but perhaps that is the best representation of America that there could be. After all, the United States is a melting pot of all races, religions, and political views.

    MR OBAMA IS AN AFRICAN AMERICAN. HIS FATHER IS AFRICAN. HIS MOTHER IS AMERICAN. HENCE, AFRICAN-AMERICAN. AND WHETHER HE IS BI-RACIAL OR NOT, HE LOOKS LIKE A BLACK MAN. HE IS MARRIED TO A BLACK WOMAN, AND HAS BLACK CHILDREN...THEREFORE, HOWEVER YOU SLICE IT, ESPECIALLY IN AMERICA. HE IS A BLACK MAN AKA AFRICAN AMERICAN.

    June 5, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  8. TT

    My mentor Mark Twain once said he didn't belong to any organized political party-he was a democrat.

    When/if Senator Clinton bows out we'll have the same choice that we've always had: focus on the personalities or focus on the policies. I suspect that Senator Clinton will support Obama for the same reason I would support her if the situation was reversed: their POLICIES are nearly identical and VASTLY different than those of Bush-Cheney-McCain.

    Do you want 100 more years in Iraq or an orderly redeployment?
    Do you want heath care for all or just for the wealthy and the healthy?
    Do you tax policy that favors the richest 1% or the not-so-rich majority?

    Think about it.

    June 5, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  9. Alex in TX

    Hell hath no fury like 18 million women scorned.

    June 5, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  10. STAUNCH CLINTON SUPPORTER

    LOL,

    THE DICTATORSHIP BEGINS ALREADY.

    HE WILL BE MY EYES AND EARS, SO YOU LOSERS AT THE DNC GET BEHIND YOUR EMPEROR OBAMA. LOL

    WE WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHERE THE MONEY WILL BE COMING FROM, WILL IT BE FROM THE CHECKS THAT OBAMA PROMISED TO SENT TO ALL THE CITIZENS IN NEED OF A HANDOUT.LOL

    P,S, CITIZENS, HERE ARE YOUR CHECKS NOW YOU ARE REQUIRED TO CASH THE CHECK AND SEND $100,00 BACK TO THE DNC...LO.L

    EMPEROR OBAMA, HAS NO CLOTHES ON!

    WELL YOU BETTER BELIEVE THE 18 MILLION CLINTON SUPPORTERS WILL NOT BE SENDING A DIME TO THE DNC...

    June 5, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  11. United we make a difference, not through anger and seperation

    I feel these are positive changes he's proposing, and it's a move in the right direction for politics today. It's also great to see him already jumping on making positive changes to the process he was just part of.

    I also think that the financial numbers his campaign/team brought in from every day citizen supporters over an extended primary is pretty amazing. He has shown that if the people truly believe in a candidate, then they will support him/her, without having to heavily rely on federal lobbyists or political actions committees.

    June 5, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  12. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    First, he changed the way the campaigns worked.

    Before Obama, negative campaigning worked like magic. It worked with Willie Horton, the Swiftboaters, etc.

    But then Obama came along and kept a positive campaign, against his advisors' advice.

    Hillary threw the kitchen sink at him, and instead of throwing it back at her, he calmly kept with his message of hope and change. He only fought her on the issues, which there were only a few differences between them.

    Hillary, Bill and Chelsea teamed up against him, and he still won.

    In other words, for the first time in Presidential campaign history, POSITIVE campaigning WORKS!!

    Now, he's going to shut down the lobbyists. He doesn't need them, because his money comes from millions of ordinary people who donate $10 and $20, instead of thousands.

    Barack Obama, I'm proud of the way you've been running your campaign. Please, for the sake of the country, run your administration the same way. Stay positive, try to work well with Congress, and stay honest with the American people. We will forgive you if you're not perfect, but you must stay honest. If you do all those things, then you'll be OK in my book.

    June 5, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  13. Obama v McCain

    LOL at the Wright/Ayers/ Rezco/Michelle being proud/comments!

    THAT'S ALL YA GOT?
    this will be a breeze.
    Keep up the good work
    our candidate will hit you where you dont know its coming!

    DEMS UNITED!

    June 5, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  14. Obama all the way..

    There is no end to this man's fabulousness!!!!

    We love you Obama!!! You are already starting to change this country...for the better!!!

    June 5, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  15. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    "Lou Dodd June 5th, 2008 10:37 am ET

    Obama did accept Lou Dodd's challenge on campaign money. I knew Obama would."
    --------
    He did? I didn't know that. I'm glad that he did. I agree with Lou Dobbs. That's another feather in his cap! 🙂

    June 5, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  16. Mike in NYC

    jonathan wrote:

    "I still can't watch the news without tears running down my face...."

    With all due respect, you sound like a woman.

    Actually, a lot of "male" BO supporters sound like women.

    June 5, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  17. John in Ohio

    He's gonna make us all proud to be Americans.

    Be part of something big. Vote Obama in O8.

    June 5, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  18. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    KP, FL:
    ------
    I agree with you. For the record, Barack Obama is a true African American, because his father was African, and his mother was American. Either way, you're right.

    June 5, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  19. al

    Great way to start. Clean house first. I was an Edwards supporter and this is one of Edwards main goals. Get rid of lobbyists and pac money. Now, I'm supporting Obama because I am a believer that he might have the same goal. Give the power back to the people and we would gladly fund your campaign.

    June 5, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  20. Alice - Arizona

    Obama folks,

    Call us Hillary voters whatever you want, crybabys, sore losers, racists, etc. but its all on paper and nobody really gets hurt.

    God forbid Obama had lost to Hillary, we would be in the middle of some of the worst race riots and looting in American history.

    Im not afraid of Obama winning, i just dont want to be around when he losses.

    June 5, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  21. georgia

    Way to go ! If you don't sell it they can't own & run your adminis.
    I will continue to send my small but honest contribution regularly .. Stay focussed & Blessed. If God be for you who can be against you ??
    Heidi & Andrew interesting comments

    June 5, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  22. Sotan Stanley Njonwo, Houston TX

    this is amazing, wow, such a great news. this is the kind of change i'm talking about. He doesnt need Hilary because she is adicted to lobyists money.

    June 5, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  23. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Obama is a man of his word. John McCain is without words, just war. Support Obama and you support your interest.

    June 5, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  24. Jaci

    Obama is more AFRICAN AMERICAN than most black folks in America.
    But if it makes you feel better to say he's half white, by all means do so. Just vote for the man. Vote for Barack Obama. Vote for Change.

    June 5, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  25. Richard

    Mr. Obama has made his first move with integrity. I am proud to say that I will vote for Obama because he has what it takes to run this country. Democrats should be proud to have such a candidate.

    June 5, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
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