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. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    "Charlotte June 5th, 2008 9:04 am ET

    They will never get another dime from me. I think the way this election was handled if a disgrace to democracy."
    I partly agree with you. The DNC should have only taken half of Florida and Michigan's delegates like the Republicans did. Notice that none of the Republicans are complaining.

    I hope they learn their lesson, and get rid of Howard Dean. He's an idiot.

    June 5, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  2. Jacklyn, NC

    Now this is a man with a PLAN to bring the DNC and the Democratic Party to the greatness that it should be. We have more people voting than the Republican Party and there is not reason why we as Democrats can't unify for this fall's election and WIN this contest against G.W. Bush's third term with John McCain.

    GO DEMOCRATS and BARACK OBAMA, let's join hands and forget about the color of someone's skin!!!!!!!

    June 5, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  3. amused democrat

    jackie where do you stop the liberating? we let the terrorist who believe they are "liberating" thier people come here and fight? theres liberation and then theres fighting on the basis of greedy selfinterest. that war wasnt about liberation. it was about settling old grudges. the actual danger was iran and nothing was done about that instead you go into the weak financially inept starving country and kill of a few more poeple in the name of freedom? that argument really cant fly. if you want to invade somewhere here are the countries.

    n. korea

    these countries have let thier own peple starve!! commited actual acts of genocide on scales saddam couldnt bring himself to do. you cannot justify ivading iraq on moral grounds. i'll take the "we thought they had nuclear bombs" escuse rather than the moral stance which we all know is a bunch of huey

    June 5, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  4. AoA - Seattle

    Some of you have a blind opposition to good ideas because they come from somone you have personal grudges against. Sooner or later, just like Hillary herself, you will come to realize that this is not about Obama, it's about a nation inspired by his message. At least accept a good idea if not the man behind the idea! That would truly speak to your intelligence, not you pathetic biases.

    And for goodness sake, vote for McCain if you think he's what is best for this country. Just don't have a cow over it. It's your right to vote for the candidate of your choice.

    We know some of you won't vote for a black young man however right he is and it's ok, really! You are in the minority and thank god for the young generation. If they are an indicator of things to come, there is a a bright future for this country!

    Change is coming whether you want it or not. ADAPT!

    June 5, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  5. Jermaine

    TN you and all those who voted for Hillary will vote Republican, so what. OBAMA did not win the nomination with her supporters. The 25% of Hillary supporters who will stay home or vote McCain will not affect the election. As a military officer ARMY and a moderate Republican OBAMA 10/20/30/40/60 strategy will win landslide in November. He needs only 40 to 60 % of the white vote and 70 to 80% of all ethnic groups in America. Wake up, we know places like TN, will stay red, but AL, GA, NC, SC, VA, WI, IO, NM, NV and 38 more states will turn blue. In the soul of every American is that buring light to do the right thing. Do we march forward with OBAMA or stay the course with McCAIN? You can best believe AMERICA is on the MARCH. Hillary was and is a much stronger candidate than McCain, OBAMA will kill him literally come SEPTEMBER!


    June 5, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  6. Laidetea

    I am fired up and ready to go door to door for Obama's cause. I am ready to unite our DEM party. The DEMS are going to win in November.

    HRC supporters call it what you want. I am standing behind the DEMS NOMINEE OBAMA 2008. I AM A DEMOCRAT, I STAND UP AND FIGHT THE REPUBLICANS, I DON'T GRIPE ABOUT WHO'S BETTER THAN WHO.

    June 5, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  7. goawaymongers

    A man of ACTION– "NOT JUST WORDS!"

    June 5, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  8. Darnell, NJ

    I have really grown tired of all the negativity on both sides of the democratic divide. I think that if this is the year that we truly "change" the way politics is done then it must first begin with the reality that this is the year that people our voting for individuals and not a party. The days of voting democratic or republican just for the sake of being a democrat or republican are over. This has been clearly demonstrated in the fact that states continued to vote for Clinton even though it was a far gone conclusion that she couldn't secure the nomination.

    That being said, the challenge for Obama is to convince voters who did not vote for him initially, why they should vote for Barack Obama, the person. To simply say that he's a democrat & McCain is a republican isn't going to be to enough. Change means that the rules in how we vote have also change.

    To my follow Clinton supporters, I ask that we take a breath & allow Obama to speak directly to us and tells us what specifically he will do as President that will be better than what John McCain will do as President.

    To all Obama supporters, you must understand that the more you respond to Clinton supporters with negativity the more you harden their resolve. That leaves the option of either 1) taking the approach (as some have already stated of " we don't need them & can win it without them or 2) It is better to provide a environment of unity and communication that one of acrimony.

    I for one vote for option #2. OBAMA 2008!

    June 5, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  9. Bill

    While I completely disagree with how the DNC handled FL and MI (in the beginning AND when it decided to re-seat any delegates – they broke the rules, stick to your word and don't seat them), I don't believe that's a valid reason not to vote for the better candidate in the general election.

    Bill, an independent voting for change: Obama.

    June 5, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  10. Tyler in Raleigh, NC

    I think he should propose (or the DNC) to fix the whole primary mess as well. No better way to admit the flaws in the system nd that every RULE ABIDING vote should count.....

    The DNC did the right thing in enforcing the rules, after all what is a democracy if it does not impose some rules and order to make sure everyone has a fair chance. But the rules need to change to make sure that MI and FL never happen again and that we have a better system in 2012.

    Obama won any way you slice FL/MI, so people need to get over that.... but it still shows that after >200 years we are still a work in progress.

    June 5, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  11. Walter

    Folks let's forget the so so democrats and throw all of our support to Senator Obama! This man will make history. This man will restore the country to the one's it belongs to. "The People"

    Those- that want to vote for another George Bush presidency have the right to do do. We don't need any nay sayers on this band wagon. Any intelligent democrat will vote for this candidate!

    I am so happy to see old Washington/Politics departing (Billary & Bubba). Change is hard to accept, but very necessary. If you are to dumb to see, the old fat cats have been getting richer, and the average person like you and I struggle every day to maintain a decent living!

    NH for OBAMA08!!!!!

    June 5, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  12. chuckd

    Get over yourself. The election is over. We all know that you are Republican infiltrator. Stay off the blogs your work is done. You and I both know that you were never going to vote for Barack or Hillary anyway. Go to GOP sites where you can do the most good

    June 5, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  13. Dorian

    Democrats, let us come together! I like Hillary, but Obama is the nominee. He never insulted Hillary during the course of the campaign, he simply played by the rules and won. Hillary supporters – stop blaming Obama for Hillary's loss. We have to unite! Do you really want the republicans to stay in The White house? Come on.

    June 5, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  14. Jack Kao

    Dean used his organizations in all states when he was presidential candidate and used DNC money to build Obama compaign organizations or support him. I was Dean strong supporter and fund raiser. Now you got it. It is Dean create Obama. Remember, Dean was also strong anti-war candidate, all his compaign organizations went for Obama is natural. Obama better choose Clinton. Otherwise, I will predict that he loss to John McCain. Because so many of Clinton supporter are so angry.

    June 5, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  15. Brian

    People that are supporting Hillary need to understand one thing, the election was not stolen from her. While she might have been a strong President, I would have voted for her had she been the nominee. She ran a poor campaign though. You can't get around the fact that she changed her message every month, she had Bill out causing problems for her in the background. She had issues raising money to keep her campaign running. All of those issues resulted in a poor image of her being potrayed to the public. Yes she won in some areas, and Obama won in other area's with different demographics, the fact remains that Obama does need the support of Hillary's supporters, just not at the cost of having to put her on the ticket.

    The 2 of them nearly identical policies with their health care, Iraq exit strategy and so fourrth. If you take time to step back and look at the issues rather than the person you'd realize that Obama is the way to go if you are a 'true' democrat and not a flavor of the month type of voter.

    I voted for Gore in 2000, and Bush in 2004. I regret supporting Bush in 04 due to his failed strategies, and policies. It's time to get someone in office that can start to clean up the mess that this administration has left us with. If you enjoy reading about Iraq in the news and more US Soldiers and Marines in the news, then Mccain would be the person to vote for. This conception that he is drawing that leaving Iraq will leave the US in danger is a joke. We are no safer now, than we were in 2003 when we invaded. It's time for a change, it's time for an end to this costly war. If you are so blinded by emotion and are voting mccain just because Hillary lost, or you want to write Clintons' name on the Ballot you are doing nothing to promote a change in this election. And if we get 4 more years of war because you're bitter that Clinton lost, then you have yourself to blame for not standing up for what Clinton and Obama stood for.

    Brian – Iowa

    June 5, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  16. Jane, College Park, MD

    To Sen Obama's supporters:

    Please be sensitive to the hurt of Sen Hillary's supporters.
    Let them cool off; If they write anything negative, ignore them.
    It's like what happens when a relationship breaks up , everyone needs time to heal.

    Your candidate won. He was gracious, please let your conduct be a good reflection of the Sen Obama.

    P.S. I am an Independent.

    June 5, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  17. Nancy - TN

    This is welcome change! The right thing to do as well as politically smart. Have we seen John McCain doing this sort of thing? Doubtful – he needs the RNC money, so he won't rock the boat. Way to go, Barack!.

    June 5, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  18. JohnS

    He really means what he says.


    The DNC gets to be first.

    Ethics, ethics, ethics, one of the greatest American values.

    Thank you President Barack OBAMA.

    June 5, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  19. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Melarchy...He will create beneficial change.
    He's still under the thumb of oranized labor...and let's not forget the radical black special interests represented by his closest supporters (who he has since greatly distanced himself from–for a time). He'll fill the cabinet with wierdo's and miscreants and reverse one hundred years of progress overnight.
    if you're black, American Indidan, female, hispanic...you may gain some benefit from an Hussein Obama Presidency. If you're a hard working white male–you're in deep crap!!

    Thanks Democrats–you can always be counted on to be fools.

    June 5, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  20. Tony, Indianapolis, IN

    Looks like the "Change We Can Believe In" is already becoming "Change We Can Depend On!" This is excellent! Keep it going Barack!

    June 5, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  21. Alex

    I hope these actions will move over those stubborn republicans to the good side...

    June 5, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  22. Tonya, Richmond, VA



    June 5, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  23. Zion

    Look, Hillary supporters, I give you mad respect because you hung in there even when people told you impossible. You have more in common with Obama than you realize outside of Democratic policies, didn't you have the nerve to hope that your candidate would make it beyond all odds. How is that showing loyalty to Hillary by trying to weaken a party that she loves and represents by voting for McCain and not supporting Obama. Oh, by the way, she will be announcing on Saturday that she will indeed do just that. I don't understand the thinking. Are you so closed minded that you would rather see another Bush Administration out of spite and revenge? I pray that the Hillary supporters stand up to the image that I have of them, and that's of being loyal Democrats.

    June 5, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  24. Nicole in NE

    THE PEOPLE who are STILL complaining about the DNC and how MI & FL was handled and are planning on switching to Republican, the RNC has the SAME rules! This is laughable!


    June 5, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  25. GGG

    Obama is dog dog dog... when he siad an "undivided Jerusalem should
    remain the capital of Israel

    han he not bring any change

    dog is always dog

    I wonder when he siad I do change what is change >>>>>>dog

    June 5, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
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