Obama Moves to Clean Up DNC Money Machine

Opens fundraisers to press; lobby groups barred from giving
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2008 12:04 PM CDT
In this July 27, 2004, file photo Barack Obama speaks to delegates during the Democratic National Convention in Boston.    (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)
camera-icon View 2 more images

(Newser) – Barack Obama moved today to make his campaign more transparent, in keeping with his theme of bringing change to Washington. Obama will open all his fundraisers to the press, Politico reports. He’s also cleaning up his party’s fundraising efforts; starting today, the Democratic National Committee, like Obama’s campaign, won’t accept money from lobbyists or political action committees.

The moves aren't likely to seriously hurt fundraising, but Obama’s camp hopes to draw a distinction with Republican John McCain, who keeps his fundraisers private. “This is an important step that shows Sen. Obama is willing to take tough steps to change the way Washington works,” said the campaign’s communications director.