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. is it necessary

    Mccain should be in a retirement home please

    April 11, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  2. Ed

    Barack knows that its important to get into the White House. Then worry about whether or not he cheated on campaign financing to get there. He is simply staying focused on the goal. Even if it mean to cheat, beg, lie, borrow or steal to get there.

    April 11, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  3. J. Forbes, Texas Independent

    Mr. Stan man from ID, when did the election year change? I thought it was '08, not '09 as you said it was. Maybe Obama supporters are so out of touch from reality (through being mesmerized by Obama's empty speeches) that they don't know what year the election will be held.

    (Why does CNN never print my comments??)

    April 11, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  4. Kay

    Ask Obama who is Larry Sinclair

    April 11, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  5. Ed

    If there is a shady way to get money Mccain would know how to get at it he could put the bite on the american public like he did in the Keating crooked deal and fly around with female HOSTS in corporate jets. America knows this John Mccain as well as they know the war monger who thinks nothing of having American kids lose there life.

    April 11, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  6. Ian

    Pretty sad when even Ron Paul can completely outraise McCain. He broke a fundraising record, and has more donations from those in active service than all the other candidates combined. I think McCain is in trouble.

    April 11, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  7. Me, Brooklyn, NY

    After Obama's comments about why the "bitter” rural America residents turn to religion, guns and become anti-illegal immigration and anti-trade, I don't want even hear his name anymore. He is done with his bid for The President and lost already. What a stupid remark which show that he is a huge fraud. Anyone who doesn't see that is illusional.

    April 11, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  8. Suraj

    For this same reason this empire is crumbling from inside out!!! we just don't like to hear the truth... everything he said is a fact... what is wrong with that he has said? Wake Up America....

    April 11, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  9. voice that matters

    Senator Hillary is looking for away out of her messes of lies, she want to find fault with Obama at all cost, even if she has to twist, spin it so that it will look bad for Obama.

    Shame on you Hillary stick to your own words.
    She will not stop at nothing.

    So what is wrong when someone said people are bitter that their jobs are being ship oversea??
    CNN I guess Hillary has paid you some money to portray this as an issues.

    That is not a lie and i will be bitter too if I lost my job.

    Thank you CNN the truth is bitter too.

    April 11, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  10. FEDUP

    Once again the Obama-bots show their ignorance. The $3.00 box on your tax return is just you directing the IRS to give that portion of your taxes to campaign financing. It is not an additional $3.00.

    April 11, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  11. Mary

    What they don't need is a leader that will lie to them. This lady is not what she pretends to be.

    April 11, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  12. voice that matters

    Senator Hillary is looking for away out of her messes of lies, she want to find fault with Obama at all cost, even if she has to twist, spin it so that it will look bad for Obama.

    Shame on you Hillary stick to your own words.
    She will not stop at nothing.

    So what is wrong when someone said people are bitter that their jobs are being ship oversea??
    CNN I guess Hillary has paid you some money to portray this as an issues.

    That is not a lie and i will be bitter too if I lost my job.

    Thank you CNN the truth is bitter too. CNN please get us a better news.
    Take the truth as honest as it is said.

    April 11, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  13. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    "We will remember you!!! If you say your are a Republican!!!
    I will be surprised if there is any Repulsive Republican in
    office when this is over. They ruined our Country rallying behind
    insanity. Yes, they rallied for an insane man.

    April 11, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  14. Patriot

    All the money in the World will not win Obama the Presidency.

    Clinton Democrats will go Republican and so will Hispanics.

    Beware of the wolf in sheeps clothing.

    April 11, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  15. Todd from Michigan

    Obama's plan: Cling to our guns and religion, while we blame illegals and trade agreements for our job loss. Obama's recent showing of his true elitist colors should free up some public support for John McCain.

    April 11, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  16. Nader

    WHO IS GOING TO BET MONEY ON OLD HORSE?

    April 11, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  17. Ralph

    I still think Hillary should hop onto McCain's ticket as VP. They are both republicans, she thinks he would make a great commander-in-chief, and feminists everywhere will have a woman to vote for.

    April 11, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  18. Ilona Proud Canadian

    Brian you are a poet and you don't know it. Thanks for making me chuckle.

    April 11, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  19. PF Florida

    Oh Hilary! Get real! Are you in the "Desperate times call for desperate messures" kick? Talk about more imprtant issues. Oh by the way, Pennselvanias should wake up !!! You say you defend Unions and while you were part of the Board at Walmart, you and your collegues on the Board did NOT allow Unios! That makes me BITTER.

    April 11, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  20. ron

    Funny McCain has a ex Lobbyist working full time on his campaign. He should have enough ties to raise fund to get elected. Is McCain to tired to work for the funding and just want handed to him, or is he a Socialist at heart everyone gets the same

    April 11, 2008 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  21. Pennsylvania Democrat

    I think every democrat supporter there is can agree on one thing. Whether you want Hillary or Obama, THIS MAN stands for another 4 years of the Bush Presidency, and the people cannot allow him to get elected

    April 11, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  22. NBC

    Hillary, Please tell us Why you supported NAFTA during Bills term in office? Hillary tell my why #1 PENN was working on free trade in Columbia and you knew nothing about it? Hillary are you using money in your campaign via MONIES PAYED TO BILL from work done for the FREE TRADE AGREEMENT in COLUMBIA!!! You forgot to tell them that if you get into office they're gonna have to keep roll'n those sleeves higher and higher. I guess they were happy to loose jobs. I guess that depends on what the meaning of IS.....IS.

    April 11, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  23. Kris In Atlanta

    Wow, I remember a time when the Republicans were the big spenders. Maybe I'm old. Or maybe people really feel that the future of America lies with either Hill or Bama and that McCain is nothing but Bush Lite wrapped in old newspaper. Keep those dollars going...

    Go Dems in 2009!

    April 11, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  24. Brad

    Hill supporter will join if she is not the nominee . I don't think we need a butt kisser in the White House like Obama who will go to Iran. Ven., Darfur, Sudan , Palestine to rub butts with these people. His talk will not help the Jew's but hurt them. Don't believe this double talk, Just remember his true friend's the racist Preacher, Farrakan , and his be-loved wife. Friends like these we don't need. Democrats wake up or we will see John McCain in office and four more yrs of this war.

    April 11, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  25. Lin

    That would be a good change, how could Obama be against it? He's the one saying he's not for special interest, put your money where your mouth is and do it, after all your own slogan says change you can beleive in so do it, public financing

    April 11, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
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