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. TESAP

    ??? CHARLOTTE???? NO LOGIC IN YOUR STATEMENT

    June 5, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  2. victor

    Now that is CHANGE. In order to make change happen you have to turn politics on it's ear, Obama is starting to do that. Good for him, good for Americans

    June 5, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  3. Stacy Clarks

    GO BARAKC!! SMART MOVE!!

    NOW THAT IS A REAL CHANG!!! ACTUALLY TRYING TO CHANGE AN ENTIRE PARTY!!!

    LET'S GO DEMOCRATS!!!!

    June 5, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  4. Ephy

    That's the only transparent way the "Main Street" can be sure their Government is going to hear their voices and concerns.

    Thanks Obama.
    We love and are with you.

    June 5, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  5. The US abolishes century old clinton dynasty

    Yes we can!!!!

    June 5, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  6. Cody

    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.

    June 5, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  7. Dusacre

    Wow!

    June 5, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  8. CW4Barak

    Now that Obama has gotten that monkey off his back (Billary) his voice will be the only voice from the Democratic side, he won't have another person undermining his message with negativity, and his message will resonate even better among dems, ind and even repub. Thank GOD this part is over, Billary is no longer trying to hijack the lime light and Obama can turn his full attention to McBush.

    Obama '08

    June 5, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  9. Robert

    Charlotte.... Grow up....... The other alternative for the DNC was to do nothing, Clinton would not have gotten the number of delegates she did in Florida and Michigan, and still lost due to her campaigns failed strategy.... Give it a rest....

    June 5, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  10. kenaifuwa

    This is really "CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN". its time things be run by the people and for the people, thats the true essence of a true democratic goverment.

    June 5, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  11. Otis in Va

    Now that what I call CHANGE! Take away the lobbyist money and start telling them where they can stick it! Yeahhhhhh!! You set the record straight Obama. You can't govern a country and sell votes to the highest bidder!! Lets see McSame match this one!!

    Obama 08/12

    CNN please post!

    June 5, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  12. H

    Man, some Hillary supporters are such sore losers and cry babys ... get over it already. The country is already moving on. Your leader Sen. Hillary Clinton will be throwing her support to Sen. Barack Obama because she knows that the stakes are too high and we need to unify this party and rally behind The Man, Sen. Obama.

    Obama '08
    Martin Luther Kink Jr. Had a Dream,
    Sen. Barack H. Obama IS the Dream ....

    June 5, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  13. James

    why Charlotte, because the old ways are the best? Change is hard and I know it will be difficult for many to understand.

    June 5, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  14. Stacy

    Huge Thank you to Obama for going down the right path to true and meaningful change.

    June 5, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  15. Chipster

    The DNC won't get any money from me until they count all of the votes in FL & MI. Punishing voters for the actions of a Republican legislature or a handful of Democratic insiders is not what our Party should be doing. I have no doubt that many Democrats in FL & MI will sit out the election in protest and that is contrary to the goal of uniting and restoring our nation.

    The DNC needs to hand Howard Dean a pink slip and count the votes.

    June 5, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  16. Joe PA

    Now that is CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN!

    OBAMA '08

    June 5, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  17. Steve

    How about from criminals (Rezko), racists (Wright, Pfelger) or terrorists (Ayers)?

    June 5, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  18. East Coast Bum

    The "poor me" HRC supporter make me sick. I love their strong arm taticis to get the queen on the ticket. She made her bed and I do not think she enjoys lying in it. "And that is the way it is"

    June 5, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  19. Jason in WV

    "I think the way this election was handled if a disgrace to democracy."

    You mean a disgrace in the sense that Obama won more states, more pledged delegates (you know, the ones people vote for), and more votes (unless you use the fuzzy math where caucus states don't count and Obama has zero supporters in MI) than Sen. Clinton? He beat her, fair and square, by every conceivable metric.

    Even if FL and MI were seating at 100% and he received zero delegates from MI, he would still be ahead in the delegate race and would still be the nominee.

    June 5, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  20. Charlotte

    Kenneth, you are an idiot if you believe he does not need the Clinton supporters to win in November. People like you are the reason I will write in Hillary Clinton in November.

    June 5, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  21. John McCain For President

    please elaborate on how he would be a better commander and chief than senator mccain? half of you people don't understand anything....you guys vote for him because of your so called loyalty to the democratic party.....place party values before the country's interest.....pathetic

    June 5, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  22. RW

    Charlotte, cheer up, democracy was at work in this process and it was genuine

    June 5, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  23. Obama v McCain

    i donated 5 bucks in the primaries(I am poor) but i will be donating 15 bucks for the general baby!..lol

    Go Barak and Michelle!

    June 5, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  24. WE NEED THE TRUTH

    REPLY TO:
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    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.
    ****************************************************************************

    Charlotte, you are not a true democrat anyway. Right now it's about the party and the issues that all democrats should be concerned about, because if the Republicans maintain the White House it will be business as usual. Four more years exactly like the past eight.

    The election was competitive and we had two good candidates, but it comes down to the fact that Hillary lost, not because of anything Obama did, but because she ran a flawed campaign.

    TIME TO PUT THIS BEHIND US AND COME TOGETHER.

    June 5, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  25. JIM WHITTAKER, Hemet, CA

    If there was any proof needed that this is A NEW DAY! in American
    politics, this is it!

    Happy Days Are Here Again!

    June 5, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
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