April 11th, 2008
05:30 PM ET
6 years ago

McCain aides lay out fundraising plans to Hill supporters

(CNN) - As presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain battle over whether to accept public financing in the general election, a top McCain campaign official was on Capitol Hill Friday trying to reassure House Republican staff members that the campaign’s fundraising woes are not as bad as they appear.

McCain campaign manager Rick Davis described how a fundraising structure would be set up if McCain decides to take public financing, according to two aides who attended the meeting.

"This was the campaign saying that everyone is predicting doom and gloom, but we have a plan in place to compete with Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton," one GOP aide said.

At a briefing for about 100 GOP staffers at the Capitol Hill Club, Davis and other senior campaign advisors explained that the campaign plans to raise money through the party’s RNC Victory Fund and multiple state party Victory Funds. This would add to the $84 million in public money it would be limited to spending by the Federal Election Commission. Campaign officials emphasized that state party chairs would be given more responsibility and a greater role in the campaign.

Another aide who attended the meeting said the McCain campaign structure contrasted with President Bush's 2004 campaign, which was largely run out of a national office. This aide described McCain's approach as "more regional," relying more on local officials and operatives, rather than a large national staff. The campaign handed out maps showing the swing states it was targeting.

Although Friday’s meeting focused largely on organizational and fundraising issues, Davis was asked about McCain's pick for Vice President. After joking that all of their Congressional bosses were on the short list, Davis said that it was a decision McCain would make personally. He declined to give any timeline.


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  1. Len

    All the money won't buy the democrats the Presidency.
    Either Obama Independents will jump ship and vote McCain, or Clinton Democrats will jump ship and vote McCain.

    The DNC has discovered another way to lose an easy White House run. lol

    McCain 08

    April 11, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  2. Chris from San Antonio

    McCain will be forced to use the public funding systme. Obama will continue to rely on $20 and $100 donations and sweep into November with 5 times the contributions.
    Then we'll hear from the Right about how unfair the system is.

    You heard it here first.

    April 11, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  3. Lorenzo

    Here we go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 11, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  4. Madalynn

    McCain is old world. Obama is new world but Hilary is the Real World. Small towns are what made this country, their struggles and the result created this country-real people created this country and that is what Hilary is. She is REAL. McCain and Cheney, omg -that would be a nightmare. A bunch of old fellas finishing off the mess that Bush created. Hilary is tired, she is working hard to help us all and the media is bias. They never televise much on
    Obama, well congrats to the Obama campaign, let's hear more about Wrights (oops I meant Obama's) belief systems about small town America! Bring it on...and the people will awake!

    April 11, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  5. TAMIKO

    OBAMA: I BELIEVE THE PEOPLE IN PA WILL FEEL LIKE HE IS IN TOUCH WITH THEM AND HILLIARY AND MCCAIN SEE WHAT THEY WANT TO SEE.

    HILLARY: HILLARY NEEDS TO BE INVESTIGATED MORE, SHE ALWAYS SOUND AS IF SHE IS IN A FANASY LAND. CHECK OUT HER STORY WHEN SHE SPOKE ABOUT MLK, DO SOME RESEARCH AND SEE IF AT THE AGE OF 14 SHE EVEN MEET HIM,MMMMMMMMMM

    MCCAIN: VERY MUCH OUT OF TOUCH.

    HILLARY IS PLAYING RIGHT INTO THE REPUBLIC HANDS. SHE IS TRING TO WIN AT ANY MEAN NECESSARY.

    April 11, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  6. whatever republicans

    You guys can do whatever you want, McCain will be crushed. The momentum is so in favor to the democrats that whatever effort on the republicans part will falter.

    April 11, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  7. karen from philly

    McCain is behind the dems in all ways. He is too slow and dimwitted to run for the presidency but then again so is the current one.

    April 11, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  8. Byron Pope

    I vote in Penn. although I'm an exile Korean War vet who lives in Geneva, Switzerland. Obama's comment about folks being bitter is Penn.? I go a step further and say that they are angry and mad about the loss of jobs under the two last administrations.

    April 11, 2008 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  9. Rebecca

    Whatever happened about that little matter in Canada? Obama has a problem with the truth too, don't you think? I think its call POLITICIANS

    April 11, 2008 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
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