NPR reports that "Barack Obama, exerting his new power as leader of his party, has told the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to eschew all contributions from Washington lobbyists and political action committees (PACs). ... Obama also dispatched a close adviser, consultant Paul Tewes, to the DNC. ... Lobbyists have been fundamental to most modern presidential campaigns -- and controversial, too. But never before have they been treated this harshly, as pariahs, as Obama and Republican John McCain joust to be the reformer of Washington's sinful ways. McCain's campaign hit back at Obama on Thursday, pointing out that he has been endorsed by the progressive group MoveOn.org, which is organized as a PAC. MoveOn this week is urging its members to contribute to Obama." Obama's advisor Paul Tewes' firm, Hildebrand Tewes Consulting , also runs MoveOn's anti-war coalition, Americans Against Escalation in Iraq. "For the DNC, the bottom-line question is whether Obama's edict will hurt the budget. The answer is almost certainly no."
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