— NPR'S Peter Overby reports that the Democratic National Committee has decided to drop the fundraising changes it enacted a year ago. The DNC decided that if Congress wouldn't pass campaign finace reform laws, it would regulate itself. Facing costly 1998 elections, the committee changed its mind. Some political experts say apathetic public response to campaign financing left well-intentioned Democrats unrewarded. Meanwhile Republicans, who did not join in on the reforms, reap the benefits.