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. Ryan

    The math doesn't lie. There is NO WAY that HRC can win this. It's impossible at this point. Lets all just get over it and get a Democrat in the White House!

    April 25, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. elm

    How can HRC raise money to help the DNC when she can't keep money in her own campaign....LOL! There's a joke to be told!

    April 25, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  3. Hank in PA

    Senator Obama,

    Why are you running for President now? Is it because you thought you could beat a woman? It certainly isn't because you are ready. It must be because you are impatient, as has been so widely reported.

    You could be a good candidate if you were more experienced and better known to the American people. If you get the nomination and McCain wins, it will be your fault that a republican is in the white house. You could have waited and Hillary would have sailed to the presidency. I am still hoping she gets the nomination, but really, what are you thinking????

    April 25, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  4. CB in Florida

    And the Clinton supporters need a brain transplant! Obama get the wagons ready buddy. McCain knows you are coming and is trying to use Hillary to hurt you. Clinton's take a chill and let the gentleman from Illinois do his thing! OBAMA 08!

    April 25, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  5. sfsampson

    He needs to start a registration drive. If he wins the nomination, he is going to need all of the new voters he can get to replace those of us "bitter" ones he has alienated.

    April 25, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. Don, Fl

    All you Obama people say he can unite the country, but you want Clinton to go away. Well I will go with her & the 50% of Dems will go with her too. So you Obama people keep on with your hate talk & see who wins in nov. This is one Dem & there is alot more out there who will not vote for your God, so you all just keep up the good work . I don't think you & the DNC can win with just 50% of the Dems

    April 25, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  7. Noah

    The DNC should not be making deals with Clinton or Obama until the nomination is settled. The DNC needs to realize that 15 million democrats have voted for Hillary. The DNC is in trouble, because true democrats are witholding their donations until they settle Florida and Michigan and count those votes. The DNC needs to learn about democracy.

    Obama has no lead. This race is even. The 15 million people who have voted for him are great, but the 15 million that voted for Hillary can not be denied. They did not vote based on Wright, or Ayers, or lack of education as Obama supporters will claim. They voted on issues and experiance. The DNC is playing a dangerous game and by punishing some states, while allowing others to do as they please, will be the reason Obama and the DNC lose this year. It has nothing to do with race( the easy excuse it seems when your candidate is called on anything).

    I will be going to voter registration board tommorow to change my party affilation to Independent. The DNC has lost all credibilty.

    April 25, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  8. clinton's done

    I laugh at all these impotent hill supporters.

    Hillary Clinton – OUT OF TIME

    BARACK 08

    April 25, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  9. Sick Of Hillary

    This is an excellent move for Obama. A leader is one who leads and unifies. Hillary divides. Bill ,(the adulterer), is not suitable to be a co-president. Howard Dean and Nancy Pelosi know this. The Republicans will have the Clintons and all of their drama for breakfast. Hey, are there any interns working in her campaign? Hey, Hillary,you should wear a blue dress the next time you see the hubby!!!
    Oh, now don't you Hillary supporters get mad, if you can't take the heat,
    STAY OUT OF THE BLUE STAINED DRESS! Yes, I took it there.
    Obama 2009!

    April 25, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  10. james, el paso

    Are you serious Sharon, all the damage Obama has done? He wasn't tear out the kitchen sink and throwing it as people of his own party. I believe you owe America an apology for your inability to see whats really happening in this country because of Hillary

    April 25, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  11. Kim, PA

    would not vote for OB if he was the only candidate.

    what a pompous bigot!

    April 25, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  12. jon

    Well a little ahead of himself but then he wants to take away from the publicity his pastor friend is creating. We all remember Wright don't we? He can plan and he may even get the nomination but he won't be the next pres. His dream is not every democratics dream. His vision is shortsighted and he doesn't have the experience. Of course all our enemies want him to win. He just wants to sit and talk and say, "that's not what I meant to say" as the bombs fall all around us. He'll be like Pres. Bush was when he got the news that the planes were flying into buildings. He'll keep reading his newspaper (in Bush's case to kids) and plan a meeting to TALK. We see through you Obama and no true Hillary supporter will vote for you.. even though you are a democratic.

    April 25, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  13. MD

    So if this isn't an indication that the Democratic Party has chosen Obama as its next candidate, then pehaps when should hit Hillary Clinton over the head with a kitchen sink.

    Hurry Hillary. Collect as much money as you can. Your days are numbered.

    April 25, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  14. Tom,des moines


    April 25, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  15. Robin Wagner from ct

    To whom this may concern,
    I'm happy he doing this making plans . He after all has the most popular VOTES . NOT CLINTONS . He after all has the most DELEGATES . NOT CLINTONS . HE after has the most STATES won.
    30 out of 45 now . NOT THE CLINTONS .
    Go for him don't fall into the Clinton's lies . After all Bill wiggling his finger at news reporters . AGAIN . Like he did with Monica Lewinsky .
    He said Barack Obama played the race card on him .
    (((( HUH )))) .. I remember it was Bill said Barack Obama campaign is a fairy tall . And it was Bill said Barack Obama is like Jessie Jackson.
    When asked about his remarks day before P.A election . About
    Barack Obama playing race card he wiggled his finger again . And said he did not say this .
    But it was on tape for this country to hear.
    So yes good for Barack Obama for moving on. Least hes not a WHISKEY drinking , Sniperfire . Duck hunting lier .
    Clinton's are a perfect mach . Two liers . Maybe 3 .
    GO Barack Obama . You deserved it ,
    After all is not Hillary said YES, YES , YES he can win . Now no he can't . Make your mind up .

    April 25, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  16. Susan

    That's right. Let move forward and plan for the General as if you have already won. Go ahead and whine whenever you are being vetted, Obama. Ignore a large group of Hillary backers who will vote McCain due to the unfair election process. Let's see you win not only the battleground states but the Hillary backers!!!!
    Not going to happen. But let's be arrogant and proceed anyway. That's how you win friends and influence people.

    April 25, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  17. Susan

    so um...is he going to register 50 states or just the 48 that he thinks exists...why count Michigan and Florida right..he doesn't want them to count in the primary because he can't benefit from it...would be hypocritical to have them be part of the general election wouldn't it?

    April 25, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  18. Carlito

    Indiana and NC better standup and put hillary to rest and lets get ready for the general election. We got lots of work to do and planning, lets show those McBushes that america is united on this side and ready to take back the house without the special interest groups and without and the underhand dealings the clintons, bush and McSaine wants to continue

    April 25, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  19. Brennan

    To all you bitter PA voters, it was over before you voted (can you do math?), all but your crying... I cant believe you'd vote for McSame or stay home because you cant get your precious Billary to the general where she'd be served up Custer style. Thats biting off your nose to spite your face, which maybe fits your demographic there...

    April 25, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  20. Steve, Madison WI

    All I know is that Faux Noise, Gasbag Rush, and Sean Hannity want Hillary as the nominee – that should tell you something about who the Repubs think is electable.

    I plan to vote for whomever wins the nomination, unlike many of you "supposed Democrats" who would risk a ultra-conservative Supreme Court and a war with Iran by threatening to stay home or vote for McBush.

    Get over yourselves and come together as Democrats. If the Democrats lose in November you can consider yourselves worse than those who voted for Nader in 2000 and gave us King George!

    April 25, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  21. Eddie Sanz

    outrigth arrogant! It speaks to the statment made by hs buddy the not so Reverend Wright, Obama is a plitician!

    April 25, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  22. Pam Reagan

    I will not be voting for Hillary! She is such a disgrace to this country. I am sick and tired of her lies and attack method. I was a fan of hers in the beginning but it now breaks my heart what she is doing to the country. It is so sad that ther are some people in this world that will stoop to what ever levels just to win.

    April 25, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  23. Sure

    its ashame the democrats shot themselves in the foot AGAIN!!!

    April 25, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  24. Mark, B'ham Alabama

    The democrats are going to have a problem with all their Hollywood, Athlete, and Rapper friends scrambling to catch up on their unpaid taxes so they do not go to jail like their buddy Wesley Snipes.

    April 25, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  25. Peter

    At the end of the primary the Superdelegates and the DNC will ask to themselves who is more electable, who can win in November and who won the big swing States PENNSYLVANIA, OHIO, TEXAS, FLORIDA , MICHIGAN ETC., ,a must win to capture the W.H.
    I am sure they will figure it out
    Hillary 08

    April 25, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
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