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. V

    I am a Hillary Clinton supporter. But I am proud of Obama for doing this and it is refreshing to see a politician walk the walk.

    June 5, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  2. saiku

    congrats president obama. love the stance

    June 5, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  3. MD

    Kenneth M.

    Get real.

    June 5, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  4. Jenny

    The only way the DNC is going to get a dime of my money is when they make the changes Barack is proposing. He is a new leader for the DNC and a new leader for America.

    When the changes are made, I'll send my money.

    June 5, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  5. Taka

    Yep, Mr. Tewes should help the DNC cover up where all of it's new cash is going to come from.

    June 5, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  6. Truth Be Told

    it's with sadness that i look at the comments from the clinton supporters. they seem to throw the blame on other people which their candidate and her campaign started. they do the pinching and they say ouch. if they're so blind with their loyalty to their candidate and could not see the light and the truth about the direction the party is now going and threaten to support mccain instead, then so be it. i'm sure we will miss them or maybe not.

    one of the things that my parents taught me is that we need to be careful with what we say as by the time the words come out of our mouth, it will be too late to take them back. this is exactly what hillary did. she espoused so many vitriolic remarks about obama during the campaign that her supporters blindly believed them. it's too late now to retract them. however, it's not too late to learn from it and see the progress and changes for the good that are now in the horizon.

    June 5, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |

    this makes me happy because despite everything people will say about Obama or have said about Obama, he doesn't care. he sticks to the morals his mother taught him and operates with a supreme dignity. listen to the world, america. shed your bias and open your eyes and realize Obama is genuine with his change. he wants this government to function for it's intended purpose, to function for the people by the people.

    what a good guy.

    OBAMA 08

    June 5, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  8. John - NY

    Charlotte – For those of you who claim HRC was robbed because she won the popular vote, I think it should be mandatory that you tell us which states you counted and which ones you didn't, otherwise it's just deceptive.

    1. You are not counting certain caucus states – how can a candidate win a caucus but you don't count them as receiving any votes there?

    2. You are giving all 300K plus votes in a one-name election to your candidate and counting 0 for Obama. An election tactic similar to some nations we call undemocratic.

    3. You are including votes from Florida, which moved the date of its primary so far ahead in the calendar that it clearly tilted the playing field to favor the establishment candidate, who at the time was HRC. Again an election tactic used in some nations we call undemocratic. When other nations change the dates of their elections we as a nation cry foul. Why were the HRC supporters in favor of accepting this undemocratic tactic?

    4. Terry McAuliffe supported the halving of the delegates for Florida and Michigan back when he was DNC chair, because he did not want to see a disputed election. Once he became HRC's bagman he changed his tune. Same thing applies to Harold Ickes.

    I guess they'll say whatever they have to depending on who is paying. Their current paymaster is HRC, who couldn’t afford the bills. So who will pay in the end? The mystery donor to Bill's library perhaps?

    How about honesty, the whole story, consistency, openness and some perspective from the most fervent Clinton supporters? Is that too much to expect? Unfortunately, yes it is.

    June 5, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  9. Bill Stapp

    I'd call that a refreshing change.

    June 5, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  10. Take Charge, OBAMA

    Thats right, buddy..do that thing !

    June 5, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  11. Jes

    It's very encouraging to see him actually putting action to his words. Maybe I misjudged him as "only talk" before....

    June 5, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |


    LEAD BY EXAMPLE................................

    OBAMA A TRUE LEADER....................


    ITS ON.......................................................................


    OBAMA 08

    June 5, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  13. Connie Sturgeon

    I believe Senator Obama has just began his first round in looking and acting presidential. Barack and Hillary supporters get over it , this election is not just about you. This election is about what is good for America and all the world for that matter.Instead of complain get with the program make your vote count.Hillary will support Obama , he will choose who will be best for VP and we will all win.

    God Bless Senator Obama

    Connie from Indiana

    June 5, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  14. Brett from Austin, TX

    Apparently Mr. Obama forgot that he has to first reject ALL LOBBYIST MONEY HIMSELF before making demands of others. Haha.

    June 5, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  15. Mummblemouth

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children.

    Precisely the man for the job. Precisely.

    June 5, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  16. lildee

    thats huge

    June 5, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  17. NoMcSame

    Go Bama GoBama. This is how we do it. Time will heal us and bring us all together. The ones that are going to vote McSame were not with us anyway and they have no brains. McSame will send their kids off to that war to DIE and think nothing of it. Their right to their own body wii be gone. This is serious business and some act as if it is some childs game where they can take their toys and go home.

    Charlotte is one of them that I am talking about. I hope that after the dust clears her mind and heart will too. Boxers fight hard in the ring trying to win because that is the name of the game but after the fight they hug and or shake hands and move on to the next battle and ours is John McSame.

    June 5, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  18. Mark Lederer

    I'm on the $50/month til November plan. A small price to pay to remove corporate influence.

    June 5, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  19. ct voter

    You guys can donate a small ammount of money, I donated just 5 dollars before, it adds up so quickly, and will send a message that we don't NEED lobbiests and special interests running our country, the government is for the people not the rich!

    June 5, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  20. Dana in North Carolina

    I will contribute again. Obama is the first and only candidate that made me want to put my money where my mouth is. I love it.

    June 5, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  21. Brett from Austin, TX

    Also, KennethM, I formally challenge you to see if Mr. Obama can win without 18 million Clinton supporters.

    I'm willing to say I bet he crashes and burns. Badly.

    June 5, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  22. Sonia in TX

    To "John McCain for president":

    This move right here is EXACTLY why he will be a better president

    June 5, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  23. Jackie

    It is a sad day when Obama will state that america is free but will not allow the same freedoms to other nations. Pulling troops out of iraq is not the thing to do.... the best thin in my life time in the past 35 years was to liberate iraq so their people can have the freedoms of our country... maybe all the liberals like the ideal of a dicatorship.... lets try it in our country for a few years to see what they think about that

    June 5, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  24. Hillary is smart

    She's only semi backing Obama because if she backed McCain, whom i don't doubt she is routing for, she would lose favor in her own party and would be an after thought for the 2012 election. A position I have no doubt that she is coveting. She'll say the appropriate things to look like an Obama ally, but she's not in this instance. She wants the limelight and is hoping for a return in '12.

    June 5, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  25. Emma

    He is such a smart politician with a smart staff. I am just amazed at Senator Obama's organization skills as well as his political dominance during the primary.

    Kudos to Senator Obama....................I am so proud.

    June 5, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
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