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.

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  1. Concerned College Student

    Charlotte, how are you helping yourself? You sound childish and bitter. To all the Hillary Clinton supporters who will vote for McCain, please show me your intellect. Which of McCain's policies do you agree with? You vote for a candidate who reflects your own positions and ideals right?
    It brings me to tears that people like you will keep my cousin in a war, my family fearing for his life every day because your of own stubbornness and inability to develop rational thought. When you vote McCain in this election, or vote for a candidate that is not a nominee, don't forget the blood that will be on your hands. You are no better than Bush or the other people who wrongfully started this war and sent AMERICAN's to their death in Iraq. Hopefully you all will be able to sleep tonight, since my family has not since my cousin left.

    CNN please post this-

    June 5, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  2. EDW

    If you want to donate simply go to his web-site for now. Someone will match your $25 donatation – which is really cool. And you hear from other people that are fired up.

    June 5, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  3. political junkie

    Come on people! I'm sorry but I can't put Obama up on
    a pedestal....he is first and foremost a POLITICIAN.
    He went to a church for 20 YEARS – same pastor – and
    yet all of a sudden he doesn't agree with this pastor's
    views????? How convenient. His rise in popularity
    has been media-driven from the beginning – which
    if you think about it, is a scary thing indeed....

    June 5, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  4. Steve

    Obama's wife "Whitey Rant" video (it"s actually a DVD) was offered for sale at Trinity United. It features a 2004 conference at the church dealing with racial issues. Obama's wife made the "why'd he.." refedrence at another event asking questions about President Bush's response to Hurricane Katrina which took place in 2005. The rant video exists and we'll see it in October.

    June 5, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  5. Pat, CA

    NOW Obama proposes a” Lincoln/Douglas” debate to counter McCain’s initial proposal for a debate (such a debate is PRECISELY what Hillary proposed but Obama declined). NOW that he has his own thing in the bag (with the money of lobbyists), Obama wants to keep lobbyists out of the DNC - 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. It makes me furious how Obama continues to steal other people’s ideas (even “Audacity of Hope” – Jeremiah Wright’s sermon) - and make them his own. IS ANYBODY LISTENING? What a fake and opportunist! I don’t applaud or support people like that! I prefer ORIGINAL thinkers.

    June 5, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  6. Jeff in Hampshire, IL

    That's a first move to show his integrity. Say what you mean, do what you say. Hey, this guy can't be President, he's too honest!!!

    America is very fortunate for this opportunity.

    June 5, 2008 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  7. Truth

    My vote goes to McCain come November.
    I supported Hillary, the first MOST qualified presidential candidate.

    Hillary is such a honorable person. She was treated with disrespect. I am sorry I can not stand this.

    Now, my vote goes to McCain, and so my family and friends.

    June 5, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  8. GM from MN

    Lets see if the McCain camp will follow his lead !

    June 5, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  9. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    "vic nashville,Tn June 5th, 2008 10:25 am ET
    Preacher never flow what he preach
    Thanks to Tony Rezko"
    Rev. Wright is a dead issue. He's a known quantity, and if he says something else stupid, that would be par for the course.

    Tony Rezko is also a non-issue. He's already been convicted, and Obama's name didn't even come up in the trial. There's no connection.

    You'll just need to find another excuse to hate him.

    June 5, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  10. Peggy



    YOU ARE IT!!!!


    June 5, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  11. MD Obamaniac

    As Emeril would say, BAM! On day two of his general election campaign, Barack already starts delivering on some of his promises. Holy cow, a politician that doesn't spew BS rhetoric that never pans out?

    Can we elect Obama to his second term now too, please? That would save the country money for the next election... Hehe

    Obama '08 & '12

    June 5, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |

    Brett fromAustin....
    You challenge Obama to win the 18 mil who voted for Clinton.

    FYI... 9 mil of you have already stated you will vote for him.

    The other 9mil... some will see the light... others will not...

    by their own choosing.

    But I like those odds!

    June 5, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  13. Jeff in Hampshire, IL

    Praetorian, Fort Myers-

    You are racist scum... I am a hard working white male who is very proud of the majority of our country (you not included) for this historic moment to happen in my lifetime.

    June 5, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  14. Ab-Corpus Christi-TX

    Hey Praetorian, Fort Myers:
    I am hard working white male and I am with Obama, but if you love crap and think shallow, please go to McCain.

    June 5, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  15. Patriotic 1

    They will never get another dime from me. I think the way this election was handled if a disgrace to democracy."

    That's alright, for every dime you stop giving them, I'll give them a dollar. We don't need you.

    June 5, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  16. Adam Powell, Nothern Ireland

    Lets hope DNC where ready for US next President Barack Obama promises starting with lobbyist relationship, Obama looks to shake up US politics with his wind of change to how Washington should be run to benefit US citizens and world citizens for better of the world. We in Africa are watching and hope he will not let Africans and Americans down since he is combination of both continent by blood.

    June 5, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  17. Stephen

    although a record amount of people donate to Obama this doesnt mean the same for the DNC, this means that there is an increase chance in losing the house and senate in the fall

    June 5, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |

    That is why obama must never be elected. he has led you all into an abyss of fear. yes he will change things. all your rights as an american will be stripped away. this has nothing to do with hillary or mccain. obama is like the piped piper he is leading you to a cliff edge and laughing at you all the way. why does he not give up his citizenship of africa now that he can be proud to be an american?

    DUDE.... REALLY......


    Obama's every action is contrary to the drivel you just spewed!

    June 5, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  19. Nick - Arlington, VA

    An now another episode of moron theater....another supposed "democrat" cutting off his nose to spite his face....let's watch:

    FORMER DEMOCRAT June 5th, 2008 10:08 am ET




    -tune in next time.

    June 5, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  20. Steve

    Anybody who says they'll vote McCain because Hillary lost was never a real Democrat in the first place.

    June 5, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  21. TAllis


    June 5, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  22. LT

    I am please to see Obama take the nomination, this has truly been a historic election. However now its time to focus on uniting the party behind Obama to take back the whitehouse for the people. I understand some Hillary supporters maybe angry or bitter from these results but voting McCAIN Is only voting against your own best interests. We have to start looking at the real issues that are eating away at the foundation of our great nation. America will never realize its full potential so long as people vote out of fear, hatred, racism or gender bias. True Obama maybe young and not nearly as seasoned (and i do mean seasoned) as John Mccain. But i also feel that mean he has NOT been nearly as currupted by the politics. McCain represents the old ways of American politics ideal and fears. Its time for this country to stand for something new. The winds of change are coming ,get down or be left behind

    OBAMA 08

    June 5, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  23. Peggy


    You just cannot stand defeat, can you? Hilary lost, so get over it.
    Who cares who you vote for now. If you were a true DEMOCRATE, instead of just voiting for the colour of ones skin, then you can go vote for McCain. You will certainly will not be missed, and this goes for your whole family and friends.

    She says she is a friend of Obama, well, if she is a friend, I will not want her to be my enemy.
    Whe is just in it for herself and herself only. As long as she can be the PRESIDENT, SHE DOSE NOT GIVE A HOOT.

    60 to 80 are you not??????

    June 5, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  24. Jaci

    Truth...Here is the truth.... You OBVIOUSLY care little about the issues.
    If you did, there is NO WAY You or your family would make such a leap.
    So tell the truth is "experienced" code word for "white"?

    June 5, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  25. Carmen

    I wish the people will start looking at the positive side of this country. If you want ot be negaitive then move to a place wher people don't care about nothing, laws or each other. It is time we take back our country that our forefathers have promised us. Look and listen people a new day is coming and we need to unite and bring the United States of American back to origanal state and get create more love to this country, haters hate no more and if you want to hate go where others are hating and see how much you will be appreciated. Hillary is bitter and is causing a lot of confusion but Obama is not going to let her steal this show.

    Rock on Obama because there are millions of Americans behind you and the new begining of a New Country.

    Obama 2008

    June 5, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
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