April 25th, 2008
12:19 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama campaign makes general election plans

(CNN) - In the wake of his Pennsylvania loss, Barack Obama’s campaign has revealed two major steps towards a general election operation – both usually undertaken by presumptive presidential nominees.

On Friday, the campaign officially announced an ambitious, 50-state voter registration program designed to boost Democratic registration – already reaching record levels in many states – with an eye towards November.

On the conference call discussing the effort, Deputy Campaign Manager Steve Hildebrand confirmed a report on The Page that the Obama team had entered into a joint fundraising operation with the Democratic National Committee.

The DNC could use the help. In a year when most Democratic campaign committees are vastly out-raising their Republican counterparts, the DNC – which had a little more than $5 million cash on hand, according to its most recently filed Federal Elections Commission report – is lagging far behind a cash-rich Republican National Committee’s $31 million war chest.

John McCain has launched a similar fundraising partnership with the RNC – but it did not debut until after he became the presumptive GOP nominee.

Hildebrand also said that Hillary Clinton’s campaign had held similar discussions with the national party, although the two sides had yet to come to an agreement.

“It is something that we are moving forward with and as we understand it the D.N.C. has initiated those conversations with the Clinton campaign as well.”

Joint committees are usually formed after there is a de facto nominee. In contrast to the strict fundraising limits imposed on the candidates, parties are able to raise more than 10 times as much – allowing them to assume some election-related activities and costs that would otherwise be undertaken by the campaign.

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soundoff (507 Responses)
  1. Sharon Minnesota

    Thanks Obama, you're just making it easier for Hillary to win. You should spend all those dollars you raked in to help the democratic party after all the damage you have done in this primary season.

    April 25, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  2. Jane

    It will be Barack Obama and John McCain in the General Election.

    When Barack Obama is sworn in as President in January, Hillary will still be campaigning. LOL

    BARACK '08

    April 25, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. Eric-PA

    Don't waste your time BO, you're not going to get the nomination, you're not electable!!! I expect the superdelegates to use common sense and pick the person who can win the nomination and that person clearly is Hillary. Her baggage has been rummaged through for years. Obama's actions will come back to haunt him and the GOP will make Rev Wright and Bill Ayers big hits this summer. You can count on it.

    April 25, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. Scott

    I love this "let's move forward with our plan" style campaign. Forget Hillary and focus on the November election. Great job Sen. Obama!

    April 25, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. Mr. C.

    Yeah Hillary "Discussion" is only what its going to be with your camp and the DNC. We all know that you are not going to be the nominee... Your camp is broke.

    April 25, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. Diana, MN

    Excellent move, which shows great leadership by Obama. Sign me up.

    BTW, I just sent another check for $100.

    Obama 08

    April 25, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. vic nashville,Tn


    April 25, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. Diane

    Will not be supporting Barack Obama if he should become the nominee. From the very start of this race there was something about him that I do not like nor do I trust. He has yet to prove himself to people like myself, he has no substance and is all talk. The fact the the DNC has yet to make a decision regarding FL and MI is very disturbing and the party leaders are flawed in their judgement. The country is based on fifty states and the process and the nominee should come from the voices of all fifty states. Nothing else is acceptable.

    April 25, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  9. Obama Girl 2

    THis is what Obama needs to do. Ignore Clinton and move with General eelection campaign. It's a waste of time to worry about HRC. She's done.! its the media that wants to keep this going

    April 25, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  10. James

    Yes. This is the right step. Hillary should stop her destruction. Go Obama.

    April 25, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  11. Good Ideas

    Obama 2008!!

    Keeping it positive and looking at the big picture – the general election!!

    April 25, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  12. honkey white guy from cali

    Yea that is called forethought and leadership!

    Who would have thought? A presidential candidate that in a virtual sea of corrupt Washington bull dogs. Not only will win the nomination, but also take HRC out of the race the all but crowned queen.

    If for nothing else I am glad to know that she no longer has a ghost chance of winning in November against Mc Cain

    Go Obama 08 Yes We Can! One state at a time from the ground up!

    April 25, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  13. Stacy Clarks, TX

    wooo hooo!!

    LET'S GO DEMOCRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    DEMOCRATS IN 08!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 25, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  14. Mike

    Sad waste of time. It is not over. Save your money to secure it first.

    April 25, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  15. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA






    April 25, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  16. chris

    Finally, SOMEONE is thinking about helping the PARTY!

    April 25, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. Rob

    Best political move of the campaign thus far. No more speculation, no more in-fighting...on to the general election. THIS is moving forward. THIS is a step towards uniting the Democrats. THIS is why Barack Obama is a leader worthy of the nomination.

    HRC's campaign may be trying to get it done, but Obama's already done it. Sooooo...who's ready to get things done on day one?

    Demonstration of leadership and unification, growing the party, focusing on November...exactly what is there left to argue about?

    Case closed.

    April 25, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  18. Kathy Corey

    Too bad those pesky voters don't agree with Obama's inevitability.

    April 25, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  19. Matthew, Philadelphia, PA

    Thanks Barack. Hillary appreicates you getting things ready for her to win in November. Don't worry, you'll still be a valuable member of the team.

    April 25, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  20. Florida For Obama

    He wouldn't do this without clear sygnal from the DNC. It's like she's getting more and more irrelevant. Her dirty ways will be her downfall.

    April 25, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  21. Slowpoke

    Clinton should work on this also. It helps both of them.

    April 25, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  22. Go Hill

    The DNC, the democratic party elites, screwed up.

    They fixed the election for Obama- then…
    All the Kennedy, Kerry, Shriver endorsements advantaged Obama.
    The Celebrity bandwagon led by Oprah, advantaged Obama.
    The infatuated Media and their biased coverage and scrutiny of the candidates, advantaged Obama.
    Flawed caucus format- advantaged Obama
    Discounting Fl and Mi voters- advantaged Obama.

    All that and all he has (still) is just a narrow, narrow lead.

    Now the DNC will force the Superdelgates to go against the rules and vote for Obama- in hopes of salvaging this chaotic primary mess.

    They do that, not because those are the rules- the rules are quite the contrary. They do it because they are afraid of alienating the newly registered democrats and the very vocal African American community.

    They should worry more about alienating the REST of America- including 50% of the democrats who will NOT vote for Obama.

    April 25, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  23. Momma for Obama MN

    Yes We Can and this time we will make sure Senator Obama is in all ballots, so clinton can not get away again..as she has been doing.....
    thank you

    April 25, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  24. fred


    I hope he loses!!!

    April 25, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  25. Go Obama

    Now thats what I am talking about...... now thats what I call the start of bringing the party together....next the COUNTRY!


    You got my Vote...

    April 25, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
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