Barack Obama is moving quickly to put his campaign's clean-money stamp on the Democratic National Committee. He's keeping Howard Dean as chair (rejoice, fellow Deaniacs!), which bodes well for the 50-state strategy embraced by both Dean and Obama. He's also ordered that the DNC will no longer take any PAC or lobbyist money. That's a gamble, since the DNC already lags the RNC in funding. But given the way the Obama campaign has given a whole new small-dollar definition to campaign finance reform, it's likely this move will pay off for the DNC as well - especially as John McCain's unsavory financial ties become more widely known. From the AP:
The move indicates Obama will press his case that Republican rival John McCain is under the influence of special interests because of his advisers' lobbying ties. McCain's senior advisers are former lobbyists, including campaign manager Rick Davis. McCain was stung last month by the disclosure that two advisers worked for a firm that had represented Myanmar's military junta, which has restricted foreign assistance for cyclone victims.