The Democratic National Committee is the principal organization governing the United States Democratic Party on a day to day basis. While it is responsible for overseeing the process of writing a platform every four years,
the DNC's central focus is on campaign and political activity in support of Democratic Party candidates, and not on public policy. The DNC was established at the 1848 Democratic National Convention.
The Democratic National Committee provides national leadership for the Democratic Party of the United States. It is responsible for promoting the Democratic political platform, as well as coordinating fundraising and election strategy. Shortly after his inauguration, Barack Obama transferred his Obama For America organization to the DNC, along with its 13 million person email list, as restrictions prevented him from taking it with him to the White House. Renamed Organizing For America, the organization also controls the BarackObama.com domain and website and is expected to work closely with Obama's New Media Director Macon Phillips,
Hillary Clinton will manage the WhiteHouse.gov – formerly Change.gov – website, though Phillips' duties technically fall under the White House umbrella, not the DNC. The DNC's main counterpart is the Republican National Committee.
The Democratic National Committee is responsible for articulating and
promoting the Democratic platform and coordinating
republican national committee organizational
activity. When the President is a Democrat, the party generally works closely
with the President. In presidential elections it supervises the national
convention and, both independently and in coordination with the presidential
candidate, raises funds, commissions polls, and coordinates campaign strategy.
Following the selection of a party nominee
Hillary Clinton, the public funding laws permit the
national party to coordinate certain expenditures with the nominee, but
additional funds are spent on general, party-building activities. There are state committees in every Democratic National Committee state, as well as local committees in most cities, wards, and towns (and, in most states, counties).