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. George

    As a registered republican who is disappointed at the Republican Party, I have to say that I am going to change party this election circle and vote for Senator Obama for president this Fall.

    He is arguably the better candidate to take on John McCaink, "My Friends". LOL.

    By the way, I just donated $50 to the Obama Campaign this week.

    Way to Go Obama!!

    April 25, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  2. Chris, Southern Ohio

    Just one Comment... GROW UP!!! If racism and ignorance continue to impact our way of life, this way of life would surely perish.... We need unity to enact change


    April 25, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  3. buy the nomination

    so now hes paying the Dnc for his nomination.

    by the way the CLinton camp already has funds for the general election. Not an issue thanks

    clinton/mccain 08

    April 25, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  4. Debra, MO

    @ Susan from Missouri. You forgot Missouri already picked Obama.LMAO!!!

    April 25, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |

    Jane i think you are dreaming they both have long ways to go Specially your Obama .


    April 25, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  6. Debra Austin, Texas

    Sharon, go back to your knitting club for Hillary. Maybe she will finally want to back some cookies like the typical Washington wife does. She's not going to need to be fundraising, that's for sure.

    April 25, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  7. Jimmy-South Carolina

    Well its obvious he is going to get the nomination so why not??? I dont understand why people keep supporting her knowing that she is destroying the democratic party!!!! I for one voted for her but so glad she is out( just a matter of time ) ! Do you honestly think we would be better off with McCain? Thats what you are saying by supporting her!

    April 25, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  8. toch from germany


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

    Barack is as steadfast Abraham Lincoln, Cesar Chavez and Martin Luther King. They are willing to sacrifice everything for the good of the people. The issues Obama faces are with the multibillion dollars corporation. These companies are not for the people, as a result they will use whatever means necessary to shut Barack up. Barack need the support of the entire nation to make us more prosperous and to eradicate poverty and racism.

    April 25, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. Vince

    To all you Florida and Michigan voters: I know you are smarter than all this. Please consider stepping back and taking a fresh look at things. It is not any candidates fault for what happened. If you need to blame someone blame the ones who caused the rule violation Sen. Carl Levin and Gov. Jennifer Granholm. They were told what would happen in advance and chose to violate the rules anyway. So what happened next. Obama, Edwards and Biden followed DNC protocol and removed their names from the ballot. Hillary and Dodd violated it and left their names on. That is a strike against her off the bat in my book. Who cares becasue the DNC said it would not count so it wont matter either way and Clinton and Obama both agreed to this. Hillary was ok with it because she thought she was going to win in a cakewalk anyway. Well low and behold she starts getting spanked and ALL OF THE SUDDEN she is up in arms over the poor treatment of the FLA and Mich voters. She does not really care about you one bit and never did except if it helps her. If you think Hillary cares about whether your vote counts ask yourself one question and answer it honestly. If the tables were turned and Obama stood to gain by counting FLA and MI as they originally voted do you think she would be fighing for your votes to count then? I think you are all smart enough to figure out what she is really about. FYI: the primaries in these two states were not done properly. If Obama campaigned in these states the totals would have been very different. Nobody can argue with that so you cannot simply take the votes as they were. A revote was a reasonable solution and Obama was all for this. The only other solution was an even split which Obama was also for. Do not believe the Clinton spin because she will say and do anything that will benefit her no matter who gets hurt in the process. It honestly makes me ill to think about the way she has played so many people in this country especially those in NH, Fla, Mich, Tx, Ohio, and Penn. Her antics relating especially to the people in these states and the peoples puppet like reactions to her lies really makes us look foolish to the world.

    April 25, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  11. Marcus,Charlotte,NC

    I know Obama going to win, because their has to be a change in Washington. When the Clinton family was in the white house they had a chance to do something, but they never did. How can people blame Obama about the comment his former Pastor Rev. Wright said, but when you talk about religion people don't say anything about Catholic when they rape kids, and don't say anything about it. I hope the U.S can come together, and change Washington

    April 25, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  12. Disappointed

    I would like to know if the media considers Hillary Clinton fully vetted at this time. Certainly her old baggage has been dealt with extensively. How about the new "issues"? Since the media is considering themselves the authority of record on political candidates let's here something about that. We deserve to have all of our candidates vetted in public before we make a decision.

    April 25, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  13. Dennis in IA

    Go Obama! Clinton and her surrogates could not add 2+2. How are the given credit for winning more of the public votes when adding in MI and FL when she and her people agreed not to participate and not to campaign in both states! I agree that the delegates should be seated 50-50 because both Barack and Hillary supported the Democratic Committee rules 1 year ago and then because she is behind and the presidency is now out of her grasp can she "break the rules" time after time to fit her needs. Barack we will support you and the party – Hillary and her people need to get a wake up call and support the will of the people. I hope that the super delegates are now going to join the Obamatrain to the White House – get on board now or get left at the depot!

    April 25, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. darren

    SHARON STOP WHINING....you're supporting a candidate who would lie about the smallest thing to look good? r u serious....r u not worried about why she has to pad her resume with lies? do u not see what is going on? ure so delusional its funny.



    April 25, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. Tricia in NH

    If Hillary only got this far by name regocnition, then, by that reasoning, Obama only got this far because he's black and has a unique name.

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

    That's right Obama! You have an election to win! You don't have time to bicker with Hillary and waste valuable time. she keeps focusing on the negative, and the American people are concerned with issues and not gossip! Proceed on with your campaign, because you have my vote

    April 25, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  17. Mike

    He does bring unity, clinton does the opposite.
    The Clintons ARE racists.
    Clinton is the MOST negative.
    She deserves to be snubbed.
    She IS secretive, untrustworthy, divisive, status-quo and she can not make changes in Washington.
    She enjoys lying.

    Do you see an obvious pattern here? Sharon? Do you? Your nominee borders on being mentally unstable . . .and not fit for any public office !

    April 25, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  18. NC Primary MY TURN!

    Clinton played the race card because he knew it would work with the Clinton BIGOTS. So easy to scare white folks away from voting for a black man. Look in the mirror folks. I am a white man and I have taken a look. There is no reason for this mean spirited attack on Obama other than you are following your foolish leader who has made no attempt at reconciliation with one of the most important and loyal groups of the party.

    April 25, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  19. Jim - Philadelphia

    Hillary's campaign could do this too if people would donate some cash to her campaign. Unfortunately she repels more people that she attracts. She can't keep herself out of bankruptcy much less share it with the DNC. This shows who's ahead of the game.

    OBAMA 08!

    April 25, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  20. 100% DEMOCRAT

    I will be voting for either Obama OR Hillary. If I could conbine their strenths into one person I would, but I can't. The bottom line is, our country needs to be prosporous once again. My neighbors and co-workers are losing their jobs, my home isn't worth what it once did and I almost lost my job last week do to cut-backs. FELLOW DEMOCRATS AND ALL AMERICANS, PLEASE PUT YOUR DIFFERENCES ASIDE AND VOTE FOR OUR PARTY. The insanity needs to end.

    April 25, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  21. smoove

    Way to go Alfredo, U must come from a line of slave owners

    April 25, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  22. Jackie

    Received a request for contribution to the DNC for the General Election. My answer was simple.....no money until you count my vote in Florida.
    Voters should not be disenfranchised because of silly political rules. Get over it and count our votes. Obama has been a stumbling block for revotes in FL and MI, even though money was provided.
    So, what's your guess on the Dems winning Florida this year? It could have been ours....

    April 25, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  23. Oscar

    The more I hear and read about the candidates for the 2008 election, the more convinced i am that my dog should run for president.

    April 25, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  24. Zoe

    Oh my God NoBama trying to recover from his Big lost
    No way
    You should stop fooling us
    Please stop
    Go home and enjoy the weather of spring
    Stop fooling our young kids

    April 25, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  25. George

    Hillary's boat is siniking now. can anyone tell me how she is going to close the gap of 150 more delegates? Hillary supporters have no mind.

    April 25, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
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