June 12th, 2008
05:05 PM ET
14 years ago

DNC moving operations to Chicago

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WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Democratic National Committee announced Thursday that a significant part of their operations would be moving from Washington to Chicago, the home of the Obama campaign.

“We've begun a transition period here at the DNC that fully integrates our operations in DC with the Obama operation in Chicago and in the states,” DNC spokeswoman Karen Finney tells CNN. “Our goal is to quickly consolidate these efforts into one operation and effectively drive one national strategy.”

The political, field and constituency operations are being moved to Obama's Chicago headquarters, while the research and communications departments will remain in DC.

After winning the nomination, Obama decided to keep Howard Dean on as chairman of the DNC, and sent over senior aide Paul Tewes to oversee the collaboration.

“When the nominee comes in, we essentially merge the Democratic National Committee with the campaign of the presidential candidate,” Dean told reporters on Tuesday, “there’s not going to be a coordination problem.”

Finney emphasized that the goal is for Obama and DNC staffers to feel part of “one big team” and to eliminate any redundancies. She pointed to 2004 as an example of when the Kerry campaign and DNC resources wastefully overlapped.

DNC staffers in Washington will also have the opportunity to work in other states – both the Obama campaign and the DNC have staff in all 50 states and many will work under the same roof.

“The blending of the cultures is not hard at all, it’s pretty seamless,” said Finney.

Details are still being worked out, how many staffers and who will technically employ them is still unclear.

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  1. Generation X

    The paid Rush operative we be off tonight they don't get paid over-time after 5:00. Stay Tune


    Brian TN
    Jan, FL
    Karen, FL
    Staunch Clinton Supporter
    Jim, PA

    Let see if they show up tonight!!

    June 12, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  2. TXBad1

    Obama, when are you going to work and Vote in the senate?? are you hoping they move to Chicago also?

    June 12, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  3. sarju

    That is good for you, if voting for the GOP will lead to jobs being sent overseas, that is good for you. If it will keep the US troops in Iraq for hundred years that is fine for you.

    June 12, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  4. Anna E.

    How did we allow things to get so
    Out of control?
    Women will not vote for our candidate
    African Americans with a brain
    Refuse to faint at the Obama cult line
    Democrats supporting the GOP nominee? Unheard of!

    Dudes, I'm so worried, nothing can calm me down not
    Even the CNN non-stop 24/7 biased efforts to help BO
    All Democrats able to put country ahead of party JUST SAY
    No deal!

    June 12, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  5. Daniel

    Sen Obama Stay focused. The haters are out in full force!!

    June 12, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |

    Roxy That Was The Dumbest Thing I Have Heard All Day! You Are A Loser Just Like Your Gop Nominee!

    June 12, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |

    Good Roxy, now you can go down with with the rest of those GOP WARMONGERS and you're right the DNC doesn't need oters like you!

    June 12, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  8. LOL

    Roxy yes you are right!! We don't need ppl like you :-)!! You should even comment here LOL>.. Another ignorant joker

    June 12, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  9. Obama Yes We Can

    Good luck you will need it /You can then read the list and feel respobsible of injured /deaths in Iraq should make you happy with yourself then get ready for Roe v Wade to be abolished / veto for Warriors education and a veto of no equal pay for woman however most likely if you remove your mask just another republican trying to stir the pot .
    McShame will get you all the above .

    June 12, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  10. Belle

    I have never heard of this before! The DNC is supposed to be separate...and a separate fund raising Group. Now essentially Obama will control all advertising for all Democratic Candidates. If one refuses to support or endorse him, that means he can refuse DNC ad????????

    What in the Heck is going on here?

    June 12, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  11. MARYANN Oswego IL

    Great ...moving headquarters to CHICAGO...I guess Obama can be closer to his insiders....or maybe Michelle wants to keep a better eye on him...Chicago is so bad when it comes to politics...Beautiful city and great skyline

    June 12, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |

    Mccain Better Look Both Ways Befor Crossing The Street Or He May End Up Under The Obama Bus!

    June 12, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  13. drsmarty08

    I'm starting to get a fair glimpse into an Obama presidency. This appeal to efficiency and fiscal responsibility is already clear CHANGE following 8 years under the Bush administration.

    June 12, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  14. Crush Rush

    Lets throw the Chainsaw Neocons under the bus.

    June 12, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  15. COL.[retd] A.M.Khajawall

    Dear American Voters,

    Hon. Senator McCain and Obama, besides each having many attributes and characteristics. The critical differences between the two of these presidential presumptive nominees are as under:

    1. Presidential "Temperament and Composer".
    2. Little Washington "insider Versus outsider" experience.
    3. "Vision and mission" for our nation future rather than past.
    4. American policies, " first U.S.A Centric" than any other country [ ies ] centric.

    In my professional opinion Senator Obama leads in all above qualities.

    The need of our next movement and generation is a change. The Change in " past Washington and its Leadership". A change we can believe in and not the seductive, deceptive, and confusing slogan of "leader we can believe in" [? Effexor ?".

    Our Greatgrand Nation has to address many present and future challenges and start with new clean "Slate and Senator".

    God Bless America. its diverse people, and our Greatgrand Nation.

    Our Greatgrand Nation is needs the CHANGE at every level and for long time.

    I am sure Senator Obama with the help of Senator Clinton and her supporters, can deliver that CHANGE.

    Please stay involved, stay engaged, and stay informed. Please do not allow any seduction, deception, and or confusion by some partisan media and leaders effect your vote [ Psychological Terrorism ]..

    Yours truly,

    COL. [retd] A.M.Khajawall
    Disabled American Veteran
    Forensic psychiatrist, Las Vegas

    June 12, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  16. cali

    Barrack is all about talk, no substance.

    June 12, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  17. Alison, FL

    Obama '08

    June 12, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  18. rumpusgoopus

    Sure, Roxy, you were a Democrat. Right.

    June 12, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  19. Women In California for Obama

    First of all, congratulations Sen. Obama for backing Howard Dean. Mr. Dean has been treated very unfairly for trying to abide by the rules. He is a true democrat and I hope he continues to do a good job for the DNC.

    It sounds like Sen. Obama is really running an efficient and progressive campaign. Keep up the good work.

    June 12, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  20. If not Hillary....then McCain

    Evidently I have been blocked by CNN....anyone else having this problem?????????

    June 12, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  21. ginger

    "New Gang of 14 won’t back McCain
    By Kristen Coulter and Bob Cusack
    Posted: 06/11/08 07:48 PM [ET]
    At least 14 Republican members of Congress have refused to endorse or publicly support Sen. John McCain for president, and more than a dozen others declined to answer whether they back the Arizona senator.

    Many of the recalcitrant GOP members declined to detail their reasons for withholding support, but Rep. John Peterson (R-Pa.) expressed major concerns about McCain’s energy policies and Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) cited the Iraq war."

    So that's 2 non-backs for Sen. Obama and 14 non-backers for McCain

    I wonder why this story isn't all over the news.

    June 12, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  22. YLR

    TO ROXY!

    Wow, it's amazing how people are willing to cut their OWN throats! And you actually think that McInsane is a better choice? Have mercy, please help this country and the oblivious people that live in it!


    June 12, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  23. Obama Change We Can Believe In

    Roxy ! marbles or rocks ?Are you sure you are an adult or just uninformed it don't sound like it with your comment

    June 12, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  24. rebecca

    re Roxy could someone explain how a life long democrat who believes in the values and policies of the deomcratic party can vote for McCain? what is it about Obama that is so troubling to you that you would turn to vote for values and policies you haven't supported your entire adult life?

    June 12, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  25. Words of Caution

    Sinclair threw himself under the bus when he challenged himself to a polygraph then promptly failed it!
    I know I really believe that a housing project tenant from Wisconsin has a limo and that it was parked in Chicago ...and this fine specimen of a man Sinclair attracted Mr. Obama into limo for a little party...oh yeah...we all can believe that one!
    GET A LIFE!!!!!

    June 12, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
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