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. toks

    I guess this is just the beginning of a true leadership. As you have been doing all along not to lean on your own understanding but on God's, please, never deviate from it and the Lord will see you through. Amen

    June 5, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  2. Orlando

    Hillary is a outstanding public servant whom has dedicated her life to public service. She is legend in her right as a strong democrat leader. I hope her supporter take this time to exhale and understand that we have the same enemy REPUBLICAN!

    June 5, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  3. Canadian

    this is a sign of true leadership and putting your money where you mouth its. great job Obama

    June 5, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  4. larry

    You will find that the DNC will not be able to raise money...the way they railroaded Clinton is unreal....you had better hope that Oprah helps them!!!!!!!!

    Millions of Democrats are changing to Independent!!!!!!!!!!

    June 5, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  5. brad

    Impressive first move.

    June 5, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  6. Sonia in TX

    Charlotte and others that feel "burned" by the DNC-
    That's completely understandable if you don;t feel like financially supporting an organization that you feel has not handled sticky situations in the past year well.
    However, please remember in November that Exxon and their record breaking profits in the past year will be funding McCain's presidency campaign. Who do you think he will reward if elected? You or them?
    Please I am a student drowning in debt. I can't afford higher gas prices without drowning further.

    June 5, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  7. Sharon

    President Obama is an honorable man of God. He is setting the example for others to follow. He definitely has my financial support.

    June 5, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  8. Agent of Change from FL

    That's very honorable! I'm very proud of where this country is going WHEN he is President Barack Obama!

    OBAMA/SELLIBUS/EDWARDS/RICHARDSON/GORE '08

    June 5, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  9. PLAINFACTS

    All Talk..on a day when his partner was foud guilty...yep all talk.....Dems will loose big in November...there is a plan move and diperse some African Americanto some Red States to dilute their votes so he can win those states....

    June 5, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  10. People's PAC

    My only hope is that the representatives, governors, senators and president we elect will finally act as lobbyists on our behalf, what they were elected to do; by the people, for the people. I hope that they will enact legislation that promotes a strong healthy economy that benefits its people, not at the expense of its people. I believe that the policies, trade agreements, and legislation of the last both republican and democratic parties have done just this and it is time somebody stands up against exploiting the people of this country as simply a market and starts promoting its skills, innovation and progress so that we can once again be proud, strong and have the time to raise our families.

    June 5, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  11. Lynne

    I've donated $100 to the Obama campaign. Nowt that he's the nominee, my donations will go to the DNC. I'm sure most Obama supporters will do the same. We don't donate a lot, but there are millions of us. =-)

    June 5, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  12. Deb

    What a Joke!

    If you believe this you also must find it easy to believe that Obama actually loves America after spending 20 years attending a church that preaches just the opposite.

    June 5, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  13. Darryl Miller

    Yes, Lou Dobbs has a good point and Senator Obama is right to ask the DNC to no longer except money from lobbyist or PAC's.

    I am with all American are over joy'd to be a part of American History.....

    June 5, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  14. Kenneth M

    CLINTON SUPPOTERS SHOULD TAKE NOTE. WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOUR VOTES BUT WE DONT NEED THEM. WE WON WITHOUT YOU BECAUSE OBAMA IS BETTER AT ORGANIZING. WAIT UNTIL YOU SEE THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN TO BEAT MCCAIN. WHILE ALL ARE TALKING ABOUT HIS CONECTIONS TO ODD PEOPLE HE WILL BE FLANKING THEM WITH SOUND POLICY. IN THE END HIS FOES WILL BE LEFT SCRATCHING THEMSELVES WONDERING "WOW, HOW DID HE GET ME TO VOTE FOR HIM".

    June 5, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  15. Rob

    I do believe that this will generally be a cordial campaign between the two candidates. Both men are respectful to one another.

    David Axlerod on the other hand, not so much.

    Alll the mud slinging during this campaign will take place between paid staffers and supporters of each candidate.

    June 5, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  16. Raymond Duke

    Who cares what he says. Does anybody with a half of brain really believe this idiot. Like this latest controversy with "REZKO" thi isn't the man I knew. Isn't that the same thing he said about reverend wright, father pfleger, Ayers, the other professor. I reckon if he will make the same claim when the racist video comes out in november with his wife calling white people "WHITEY" and other racist statements. Either everybody around him has come down with a mental illiness since he started this campagin or this man is an out and out liar. You can decide which you believe . I will take the latter. Of course the media will not pick up on this. They don't want to be responsible for hurting this black mans historical moment by telling the truth and questioning his real thoughts ,motivation and judgement. plus they are to scared of the black people and the great religious black leaders like reverend AL and Jesse.

    June 5, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  17. Paul, Ontario

    Step one. Change is coming, and change is good. We all know our grandparents and aging parents can't see that...but we should
    not stagnate to calm their fears. Let's keep moving.

    June 5, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  18. Uncle Sam

    To the questioner who inquired as to whether Sen. McCain would do likewise, the answer is that he already has.

    Americans for McCain '08

    June 5, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  19. Agent of Change from FL

    If the DNC accepts this proposal, I will not drive my car 3 days out the week and ride the bus, and donate to his campaign............REAL CHANGE IS COMING!!!!!!!

    A REAL LEADER & CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN!!!!

    OBAMA/SELLIBUS/EDWARDS/RICHARDSON/GORE '08

    June 5, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  20. Michael

    Yes, this the begining of new generation that will lead in truth and in spirit that cares about the ordinary people.
    go president Obama and I will keep you in my prayers day and night.

    Obama 08

    June 5, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  21. DJ in TX

    While financially not the correct thing to do, it is consistent with his message.

    To the people who keep saying this race was so wrong and un-democratic, remember these are the EXACT same rules that Bill Clinton had during his run. I agree that the Florida and Michigan issues were wrong from the start and the DNC bungled that, but something had to be done.

    I just hope the Democratic party changes before the next election. I like Sen Ben Nelson's idea of rotating regions of primaries.

    Let's unite and make sure a Democrat wins in November.

    June 5, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  22. Rob

    Can Barack fire Howard the Duck Dean? That guy is a joke.

    June 5, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  23. Darryl Miller

    PS: Let's give Hillary time she has bills to pay she needs money or our former president Bill Clinton can just write her a check.....

    June 5, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  24. Mark

    That IS change we can believe in!

    June 5, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  25. Park More, New Orleans

    We will not vote for Obama even if our candidate (Hillary is in the ticket)..... Did you read his wife thesis, you will change yor mind, I am sure about it........ No Obama

    June 5, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
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