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Following Obama, DNC Announces New Fundraising Rules


Howard Dean will be staying at the helm of the DNC as Obama staffers join the operation. (Associated Press)

Updated 12:13 p.m.
By Shailagh Murray
NEW YORK -- The Democratic National Committee will no longer accept contributions from registered federal lobbyists or political action committees, Sen. Barack Obama's campaign announced.

The move signals that Obama is beginning to assert himself as party leader, now that he has secured the nomination, and will seek to assure that the broader party machinery "conforms to all of his standards of openness and transparency," said campaign spokeswoman Linda Douglass.

Obama also is expected to overhaul the DNC staff in coming weeks, including by dispatching one of his senior strategists, Paul Tewes, to run the organization. DNC chairman Howard Dean will remain in place.

"The DNC and the Obama Campaign are unified and working together to elect Barack Obama as the next president of the United States. Our presumptive nominee has pledged not to take donations from Washington lobbyists and from today going forward the DNC makes that pledge as well," said Dean in a statement released mid-morning.

He continued: "Senator Obama has promised to change the way things are done in Washington and this step is a sure sign of his commitment. The American people's priorities will set the agenda in an Obama Administration, not the special interests."

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Redundant2

You sound naive to me. Current campaign finance law prohibits corporate or union donations to individual candidates. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campaign_finance_in_the_United_States
Candidates already get their huge donations from bundlers, many of whom are either lobbyists or a bunch of execs at corporations or firms. Sure, corporations technically can't require employees to contribute but how could you prove it if you were an employee who declined to contribute and that harmed your opportunities at the corp? The threat of that is fairly common.

Lobbyists currently contribute to all the major candidates' campaigns by bundling. They get their influence not from their measly direct contribution (around $2000) but from bundling the contributions of many ppl. They can do the same thing under Obama's proposal bc they won't be donating their own money. But they'll still have all the influence.

Obama's proposal won't even stop corps from donating, only lobbyists. And they can donate a lot to the DNC.

Under current law, permissible donations to the DNC or RNC are much larger than to the candidates. Donors can write a single check of almost $70,000 to the committees that is divvied up to various entities. It's easy to raise large amounts that way. E.g., $300,000 was collected from nine hedge fund executives and real estate investors at an event in New York in March. More than $10 million was raised at an event in Washington.

What is the difference between a company, firm, or industry donating a few million and a lobbyist working for a company, firm, or industry donating that much? Mainly, the company saves money so it can have even more influence on the candidate or party.

This isn't much of a reform. Neither Obama nor Clinton agreed to the limits imposed by the public finance laws during the primaries. Unlike the rules Obama's proposing now, those rules have a real impact. No wonder Obama seems to be going back on his promise to follow the public financing rules in the General Election if his opponent agrees to follow them. Someone who cared about clean elections or personal honesty/integrity wouldn't do that. Obama doesn't want reform. He wants to look like he's for reform. Unfortunately, many ppl will buy it bc they don't understand campaign financing.


Posted by: zh | June 10, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I am MORE proud of my country today, than I have ever been in my adult life. It's true, I have supported Sen. Obama ever since I started reading up on the candidates at the end of Feb. I wasn't one of his first supporters...but I have been impressed over & over again at his high level of morality & his common sense approach to todays problems.

More than all else...I've been waiting for years for a candidate that is serious about limiting (or ending all together) the influence of special interest groups in Washington Politics. These groups represent huge amounts of money and only micro-numbers of U.S. Citizens. Yet they have historically gotten what they want time & again...limiting the effectiveness of bill after bill being passed in Congress. These 'political power plays' have been pulling more & more of the focus off 'We The People' while forwarding the interests of 'We the RICH'.

Sen. Obama is already showing his determination to stop the influence of Lobbyists & PAC's...just as promised. He is proving that he can fill the shoes of a President for ALL U.S. Citizens...not just the wealthy.

BTW...I am a white female who, up until this year, had never voted anything but Republican

Posted by: Our Only Hope | June 6, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

WOW slick 1 Obama, scam the people to get the NOM.Then say we are not going to "Do the Nasty" anymore. High five all around Michelle.

Posted by: ZarDotZ | June 6, 2008 8:36 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: Albina-xi | June 6, 2008 6:04 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: Albina-xi | June 6, 2008 6:04 AM | Report abuse

Jabber, what a small miserable evil person you must be to be so hateful, good luck with getting signatures. Why don't you just suit up leave the country, go to Iraq and get on the front line to be put out of your sad misery, oh yeah by the way, don't forget to take your kids because a vote for McShame will mean just that. Then you will be in the element of your desire powerless like the women in the middle east, forget about ever being able to express yourself freely because you will have to fear strange men kicking your door in and placing a bag over your head to make you no more... Best of luck to you...

Obama, will be one of the greatest presidents of our time, deal with it and go sob for the president who waged war against the poor and helpless with his have and have more circle (as he calls it) friends, selfess monsters are more fitting for what they are...

Posted by: la82 | June 5, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Remove Howard Dean first.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 5, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Libra
You said it! Very nice, well-thought-out words. You covered the ground nicely too.
Keep it up.

Posted by: ki | June 5, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I don't want Clinton on that ticket. They both ran great campaigns but the winner has the right to chose his/her running mate. It is an insult that HRC's supporters are trying to pry this woman onto the ticket! It's a slap in Obama's face that in less than 24 hours those barracudas (sp?) were signing a bogus petition demanding and hammering the media (because that's the only folks who's buying that Bull S), Obama and the DNC about puttingHillary on the ticket! Hillary made it clear that she and McCain were better suited to be President and Obama wasn't. She made it clear that Obama could not be the president and lacked experience and the mere insanity that she wishes and her supporters are demanding that she is put on a ticket is very disrespectful and leaves a very nasty, poor taste in the mouths of your loyal democrats and all of the many supporters of Obama, even those who aren't democrats! WE voted for change and chosed our candidate. We respect Mrs. Clinton but she wasn't the candiate that has won the nomination and the most pledged and super delegates. I am very concerned with the actions of Hillary's supporters and the behind the scenes arm twisting that she and her supporters are continuing to bestow upon Mr. Obama and the DNC. I don't understand why the leaders of the party aren't nipping this in the bud before this gets out of hand and drives the democratic party farther apart resulting in another Republican - George Bush policy maker being put back into the White House. It's quite obvious that Mrs. Clinton and her supporters are taking on the role of a certian type of ownership of the democratic party which is suppose to be for the people and by the people. As a lifelong democrat and a supporter of Mr. Bill Clinton's presidency, I am hurt and disgusted with how Mrs. Clinton ran her campaign and the various disengenous tactics which she and her campaign has used against a fellow democrat. I would hate to think that this is being done to Mr. Obama because he's an African America. I can't think of anytime in American history where a candidate was nominated and within less than 24 hours, the loosing candidate's supporters and superdelegates demanded that he/she be brought onto that ticket! This is an autracity. It's obvious that HRC and her supporters don't care about the big picture..the U.S.A., poverty, foreclosures, gas prices, economy, global relationships, the war on Iraq. This race isn't about Obama and it certianly isn't about Hillary Clinton. Putting Hillary on that ticket doesn't represent any type of change. We the voters, voted for Obama because he represents CHANGE. This petition going around from Hillary's supporters represent another tactic of arm twisting and is very demeaning to Mr. Obama and his supporters. With all due respect, Mrs. Pelosi, I urge you as the Speaker of the House to please address this as soon as possible before Mr. Obama ends up loosing a lot of his supporters. Thanks for your understanding.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 5, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Change you CAN believe in. What an awesome first step. Corporate lobbyists are shaking in their boots. Republican-style, pay to play politics is over.

Posted by: thebob.bob | June 5, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Obama is doing for the DNC what he plans to do for Washington. Give it an overhaul so that it will be more responsive to individuals and less costly to the tax payer. Special interests cause increased government spending and decreased tax revenues.

I think that Obama would like to have lobbyists as a central issue in the campaign. Running against lobbyists in the Bush administration would be a great issue. When lobbyists become part of the government they are no longer advocates but rather metastatic cancer that needs to be extirpated. McCain talks about it but if Obama does something concrete about it, it will be more effective.

Obama is smart and effective. The insults from the Republicans are vacuous as well as disingenuous.

Posted by: G8tr | June 5, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

GREAT news.

Posted by: KYJurisDoctor | June 5, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Good job. Sen. Obama can raise the money.

Posted by: parrish | June 5, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Jabber, as we're all aware, is a GOP troll..one of several. The "petition" is one of many such reicht-wing efforts (by Rush and his fellow constipees) to foment more trouble. They failed to beat Obama, and now their only "hope" is to keep the hate alive. These petition sites are largely white-supremacist type sites. The bottom line is..plain and simple..if you want to vote for McCain..then GO! NO ONE who believes in women's rights or workers' rights would vote for that man..Period! So, 95% of these tantrums were hearing from the supposed Hillary fans are a sham.

Oh, there are bound to be some True Believer types, who believe in "cutting your own nose to spite your face", but the majority of Dems have more intelligence and common sense than to go down that road! Again..anyone who really thinks he or she should "defect"..well, I'm holding open the door and will hand you your hat on your way out! Buh-bye! The rest of us..millions and millions and millions more everyday..will be about the business of kicking the GOP/McBush butt-collective out of Washington this November! Come join the party!

Posted by: EisenhowerKid | June 5, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Jabber, ol' friend, this is not the auditions for Last Comic Standing. Your Democratic impersonation of a wing-nut masquerading as a concerned American amounts to a narcissistic, solipsistic screaming infant needing someone to hear his pathetic plea. Reverse-reverse psychology with a twist served up in a bottle to placate you. Need a binky?

Posted by: ConfuciUS | June 5, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

PGM, why don't you watch what are doing!! you are posting same stupid post over and over again!
Here is my thought. Frankly, the Dem party as I knew is past tense. So I don't care if it dies from its corruption now. It deserves to do so and could be best for the country, replacing it with a new party that might bring back those millions of voters who are, present tense, disgusted with the "new" Dems. There's nothing new about them to those of us who know Chicago politics.

Posted by: nancysabet | June 5, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Nice move Obama!

The Republicans won't have the courage to do the same.

Posted by: Franky | June 5, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

NOT A PENNY FOR YOU
Frankly, the Dem party as I knew is past tense. So I don't care if it dies from its corruption now. It deserves to do so and could be best for the country, replacing it with a new party that might bring back those millions of voters who are, present tense, disgusted with the "new" Dems. There's nothing new about them to those of us who know Chicago politics.

Posted by: nancysabet | June 5, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

one mans lobbyist is another mans advocate.

Posted by: ardano | June 5, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

This guy is the real deal. Can you say landslide in November?

Posted by: NYRalf | June 5, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Nannie Turner Comments: "This is like Obama saying he does not accept donations from the oil companies.They just had their employees donaate for them.How dumb can people be?"

The difference between a corporation donating to a political party and a particular corporation's employee's donating is that the employees are individuals and it is against the law for a corporation to require their employees to contribute to anything. There may be groups of employees in particular companies who may donate to the same or similar causes and face it, most employees of a specific company probably have similar self interests -- that is, they all want to keep their jobs -- but the difference between a corp donating to a candidate and individuals donating to a candidate is that the corp is able to write a bigger check, therefore is better able to get the attention of a candidate -- and what a corp wants in return for it's donation may not be in the best interest of the rest of us or the country. By eliminating that influence regular individuals (we the people) are now given that voice to support candidates who want to do what's in all our best interest.

For example, over the last 20+ years, big donations from the auto industry has kept us from having more fuel efficient vehicles, which even when gas was cheap better MPG was in our best interest. The individuals who work for the automakers have to commute to and from their jobs too, so even though they work for the auto industry they would probably also be for better fuel economy and would individually contribute to the candidates who support things like that.

Posted by: Redundant2 | June 5, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Jabber.....go back to sleep....your hatred being spewed (YAWN) isn't toxic anymore. A petition...Oh yes, that's right...you think that you are going to MAKE the nominee who has equally recieved over 18 million votes just PUT HRC on his ticket because a bunch of loosers who are pissed off that their candidate didn't win....Give me a break...You idiots don't make the rules...the Nominee (who is actually NOW the NEW leader of the DNC) makes the rules with the rest of the party....Get over it...HRC lost...end of the story...move on or go back to sleep and wake back up 2012!

Posted by: Stop Hating | June 5, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Jabber.....go back to sleep....your hatred being spewed (YAWN) isn't toxic anymore. A petition...Oh yes, that's right...you think that you are going to MAKE the nominee who has equally recieved over 18 million votes just PUT HRC on his ticket because a bunch of loosers who are pissed off that their candidate didn't win....Give me a break...You idiots don't make the rules...the Nominee (who is actually NOW the NEW leader of the DNC) makes the rules with the rest of the party....Get over it...HRC lost...end of the story...move on or go back to sleep and wake back up 2012!

Posted by: Stop Hating | June 5, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

The relevant authorities in Michigan and Florida are responsible for the fiascos there. They knew the rules and broke them.

Howard Dean is responsible for the Dems winning control of Congress in 2006, after a decade of control by the Clintonites in the DLC during which the Dems lost election after election after election.

Obama has taken the first step to making America a decent country again, to cleaning up the corruption of the Bush and Clinton years. The first of many.

Posted by: Tim H from Maryland | June 5, 2008 11:22 AM | Report abuse

The Daily Kos blog is exploding with this news. We will happily buy our party--and eventually, our country--back from the fat cats, $25 and $50 at a time!

Posted by: C.C.Lee | June 5, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

As much as I loved Clinton and know that she would have made a great President, She is not our nominee. We must all get together to support Obama in spite of any of his short fallings because if we don't McCain will this election. He is already ahead in some of the battle ground states that we will need. If the election was held tommorrow MCCain would win. We need to pull in Florida where McCain is 8 points ahead in the polls. There are other states we are behind in the polls and are likely to lose as well, and will need some of those to win this election.

Posted by: 1paperclip | June 5, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

This is like Obama saying he does not accept donations from the oil companies.They just had their employees donaate for them.How dumb can people be?He will take money from anyone.He will just deny that he is doing so.You say he is taking over the Democratic party?Then if he is as smart as you think he is,his first order of business should be to boot Howard Dean out on his ass.He is responsible for the whole Florida/Michigan fiasco.Obama is merely a tool.

Posted by: Nannie Turner | June 5, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Wonder if McSame will do the same.

Jabber you're a lunatic, you need to calm down. Nobody cares how you're voting.

Posted by: Chris | June 5, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Barrack Obama is A TROJAN HORSE! He claims to be a friend of America yet he's actually quite the opposite. Does anyone understand what he really is!?!? He Hates America more than Hitler Hated the Jews. His hate is unforgiving and everlasting! He is ACTING! Simply ACTING! Think about his church! He was there for over 20 Years, that's 20 years multiplied by 52 Sundays, which equals 1,040 Anti-American Sermons! He then, finally, signs an "official resignation" and we're all supposed think everything's alright?!? The KKK should have Sunday Church and we can all attend for 1,040 Sundays then just "resign", I'm sure noone would ever think we still shared the KKK's views... WAKE UP!!!!!! "IF" America has a 2nd Civil War it will be called "The War of the Free" I am ashamed of our country, just ashamed... We have become the United States of Retardica! If "we" fall the world will... We are a Benevolent Country, GOD BLESS AMERICA!

Posted by: No One | June 5, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

I think what we'll see in the near future is an influx of cash coming directly from the public who believes that Obama is as good as his word. Proof positive as he and the DNC are no longer accepting financing from the corporations whose only interest is profit and not people...

Posted by: Guy | June 5, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

One of any president's most important jobs is to manage and control a HUGE bureaucracy. S/he needs to be an excellent judge of staff character, competency and policy. I have seen no comments on Clinton's abysmal LACK of management ability. She was VERY slow to correct obvious mistakes in strategy, personnel, and financial management. Obama demonstrated a superb ability in all these regards.
Clinton's vaunted "experience" did not save her from egomania, the only possible explanation for her awkward and embarrassing failure to concede the election and warmly to congratulate the winner. Imagine a dumb mistake of that magnitude in dealing with foreign policy!
Obama won because he is smarter than Clinton, is a better manager, a wiser planner, a quicker learner. Up to this point he gives every indication that he will be a capable and wise president.

Posted by: Alice Wesley | June 5, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Apologies for the multiple posts. I reposted after recieving an error message and now there are three posts up there. That should teach me to get off my high horse.

Posted by: PGM | June 5, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Jabber, please watch your spelling/grammar: it's "ACCEPT" not "EXCEPT"; "KENNEDY'S" should be plural not possessive so the apostrophe is unneccesary; there should be a colon or comma after "YOU"; and "HSPITAL" is spelled "HOSPITAL". Maybe if you made your message legible you might get a few more supportors...but probably not. Thanks for playing.

Posted by: PGM | June 5, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Jabber, please watch your spelling/grammar: it's "ACCEPT" not "EXCEPT"; "KENNEDY'S" should be plural not possessive so the apostrophe is unneccesary; there should be a colon or comma after "YOU"; and "HSPITAL" is spelled "HOSPITAL". Maybe if you made your message legible you might get a few more supportors...but probably not. Thanks for playing.

Posted by: PGM | June 5, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Jabber, please watch your spelling/grammar: it's "ACCEPT" not "EXCEPT"; "KENNEDY'S" should be plural not possessive so the apostrophe is unneccesary; there should be a colon or comma after "YOU"; and "HSPITAL" is spelled "HOSPITAL". Maybe if you made your message legible you might get a few more supportors...but probably not. Thanks for playing.

Posted by: PGM | June 5, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Oh those poor Republicans posing as Democrats. Looks like your leader Rush Limbaugh is going to have to find something else to do... He can't possibly back McCain.How did Huckabee manage to get 20% of the vote in South Dakota ? I didn't think he was running anymore. Was it just me or did John McCain look look like a deer in headlights the other night during his speech which he thought was going to upstage Obama. Just for that mistake alone his campaign manager should be fired.

Posted by: Ron | June 5, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

This will likely go over the heads of your average voter. However, this is an amazing change in politics that starts to change the direction the country is headed in. Corporations that have a stranglehold on politicians, and thus the policies of America are no longer in charge.

The people, by way of donating small amounts have taken the country back over. Lead by example, and the other members of Congress will change as well.

Posted by: InfoGiant | June 5, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

I have been extremely uncomfortable with HC for a long time for obvious reasons; I was uncomfortable with BO as well at the beginning and for a while, I wondered if indeed there was truth in the labels they gave him - "empty suit", "all rhetoric". Now that the battle - not the war - is over, I think BO is the better choice for America even though I still tend to agree that he lacks experience but let us not forget two important things if he should be elected: (1) He obviously has something between his ears alright, can learn, will learn, has learned and learns fast, so he'll be ok. (2) he may be the President of the USA but those people who think his inexperience will be a disaster for the country naively forget that he can and will be advised by the best people he can find to be the branches and leaves of the tree of which he will be the trunk and roots. Black or white doesn't and shouldn't matter. We all bleed red. He'll be a pleasant surprise. Anyway, who could conceivably be worse than Bush Jr?

Posted by: Libra | June 5, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Hey Jabber, looks like you've been drinking too much haterade. Hillary brought down the party, not Obama. Obama doesn't need your vote to win. Afterall, he is the presidential nominee and he did it without your vote. Even if he doesn't win the election, he has still made history and will always be a prominent figure around the world. So sleep on that!

Posted by: SD | June 5, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

NO BUT THEY WILL EXCEPT THEM FROM THE FAMILY MEMBERS OF THE LOBBYISTS!! AND WHO THE H--- ARE THE KENNEDY'S TRYING TO FOOL, THEY BOUGHT AND PAID FOR THIS ELECTION FOR OBAMA, NOW CAROLINE KENNEDY IS GOING TO HELP PICK HI VP??? I HAVE NEWS FOR YOU KENNEDY CAN'T WAIT TO GET OUT OF HSPITAL SO HE CAN RUN OBAMA'S PRES.! THIS DEM PART IS A JOKE, OBAMA HAS BROUGHT DOWN THE PARTY!
ANYONE WANTING TO SIGN THIS THIS IS THE CORRECT SITE!
CORRECTION ON THAT PETITTION:
Democrats Who Will Not Vote For Obama Petition : [ powered b.. THIS IS THE WEB SITE, YOUR HAVE A CHOICE IN THIS ELECTION.

Posted by: JABBER | June 5, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Great move by the DNC. I wonder if the RNC will follow suit.

Posted by: Ann | June 5, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

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