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. Margaret in Ca./Republican

    I believe Obama will live up to his idealistic values. That is why he will not respond to Billary "strong-arming" him for the VP, as she tried to strong-arm Michigan and Florida. She disqualified herself as VP by the criticisms she made of him on national TV. He is wise, organized and insightful. He will select a strong VP who will compliment his leadership and enhance the outcome. There will be more courageous change.

    June 5, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  2. Glory

    GOP be very afraid. Obama is the candidate of the world and yes America, the whole world is watching and I am proud of you guys. So on to the presidency. Yes We Can!

    Obama08

    June 5, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  3. Frantz (Atlanta)

    Finally, a politician that "gets it". Sen. Obama will make history.

    Congrats and keep up the pressure to change this country for a more perfect union.

    Obama '08!

    June 5, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  4. MJC

    Pedantic and of-topic, but...

    "to no longer accept" (2nd line of the story) is a split-infinitive. Let's try to keep these things in English.

    June 5, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  5. Dexter, Houston TX

    AWESOME MOVE SENATOR OBAMA!
    DX in TX

    June 5, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  6. White small town for Obama !!

    Please to everyone who is upset that HIllary didn't win the nomination, I urge to read the commentary Jakes: Obama nomination gave goose bumps" What a great way of thinking, is not about who wins we made History we gave hope to all our kids, that if you work hard and do the right thing everything is possible in life. If you want to go ahead and Vote for McCain well go ahead but are sending the wrong message to everyone that wants to change, and that is going to hurt your pocket , only you, not OBama supporters, just you and your family..

    TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE THE COUNTRY STRONGER!

    June 5, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  7. mollygonz

    That's what I'm talking about. I love Obama. He didn't waste a minute to back up what he was saying. Obama is a money raising machine. He doesn't need the lobbyists and that is what is scaring the Republicans right now!! I love it. Let the games begin!!

    June 5, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  8. cody

    Starting now it will become progressively harder and harder to say that Obama is just talk.

    June 5, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  9. Helene

    Splendid. Way to go Barack !!!

    June 5, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  10. Emeka, Florida

    Americans would be well pleased with President Obama. You are accountable to those who fund you. Whereever a man's treasure is, there his heart is also. This is true moral leadership we desperately need.

    This is true leadership. Mcain should be bold enough to denounce Bush.

    June 5, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  11. Batgurl

    Hillery said "My differences with Senator Obama are small compared to the differences we have with Senator McCain and the Republicans."

    Nuff Said
    Democrats 2008

    no more GI Deaths. Be on the team that brings our troops home NOW!

    June 5, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  12. Obama Supporter in Jax

    I'm just wondering how the spin machine is going to try to knock him down for this bold and innovative move. I live in the reddest part of Florida (where it's challenging to be a Democrat AND a Christian) and continue to get propaganda emails telling lies about Obama...how are they going to spin this? I just don't know.

    Go Barack! You are my candidate!

    June 5, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  13. susie

    Democrat Party selects the nominee through superdelegates. Then they come begging the citizens to vote in the general election. Whatever happen to democracy where the citizens get to pick the nominee? How come so many dead people are voting democrat?

    June 5, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  14. Scott, Wichita

    McCain did this months ago. It's not a new idea...

    June 5, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  15. Pope of America

    Oh, JMcFP...

    You support the spiritual descendant of the Country's most disliked President ever. His policies, much as he hates to talk about them anymore, are nearly identical to the same ones that got us in this Foreign and Domestic mess.

    But it's the OBAMA supporters who are blindly following their party. I understand.

    June 5, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  16. c in iowa

    It's so refreshing to see a candidate who takes action and follows through on the ideals many of us share, rather than pandering to the populace and then continuing to play by the corporate playbook. Although there are Hillary supporters who obstinantly refuse to back him, and McCain supporters who persist in voting for a man who would continue the failed policies of Bush, Obama is invigorating many voters and will likely not only usher in a new way of fundraising, but bring a larger segment of the population that had once been apathetic and disillusioned back into active politics. This is a beautiful time to be an American.

    June 5, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  17. Lee-- Dallas, TX

    Way to go Barack. This is truely change we can believe in. I hope the critics and talking heads are taking notice. Go Dems, go.

    Talk is cheap, taking that walk will cost you a pretty penny... and its worth it.

    June 5, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  18. Lorna, NY

    I will vote for Barak. He is most intelligent of the two candidates. You have to sit back and think, this man walked all over the candidate who have been in the political world for 35 years. It had to take lots of intelligence, strategic planning to achieve this. If he can do this for the country, which I think he can, then this is all I will need to be convinced.

    June 5, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  19. Brian Lapointe

    I will become a lifetime member if the DNC agrees to stop accepting PAC and Lobbyist money.Our country needs a party that truly is represented by the people and acts for the greater good of all. If Obama can transform our politics it will be worth every penny.

    June 5, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  20. Terri

    How come the rest of the world is celebrating Obama's victory more than Hillary supporters? This is astounding... is Hillary more important than poverty, rebuilding human relationships, and believing in someone else other than ourselves?

    June 5, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  21. Paula from Monroe

    Lobbyist monies has corrupted our system for decades-I smell change in the wind and it is a wonderful feeling!! Thank you Obama!!

    June 5, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  22. Change

    That is what I call, uum leadership, thanks Obama for taking back the country we Love you. Do not worry about the Clinton supporters they will come along, If it is so refreshing for me a Republican to see that change coming. If they realy vote for Mc Cain it is OK because we and my friends are crossing over because we see light in front of the tunnel you are leading.
    It will cancel out the real, Americans and those who have tested this bitter pill they no who portrays leadership and not just talk.

    Sorry after your two terms are over I will go back to my party which is repablican

    June 5, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  23. DAVID, FL

    This is a great man, and will be a great american leader.
    obama 08

    June 5, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  24. RT in KY

    Hillary supporters: How do you feel being treated like "bargaining chips" ? Does it feel great that your candidate has your vote in her pocket? Do you get an overall sense that Hillary has the needs of party and our country foremost in her mind? Would you have wanted to win if it meant breaking the rules? Answer these questions so that I can begin to understand your willingness to go against everything Hillary stands for.

    June 5, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  25. Lynn

    Obama has been taking lobbyist money under a disguise. What leadership – you believe everything that comes out of his mouth. I guess that is leadership or follow the cult.

    June 5, 2008 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
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