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. boniface

    Stay positive Obama i know only one thing if you are positive you are positive no matter how negative the negatives get, back to thebasics hope, reconciliation and unity, and a positive attitude in all always that is your legacy and who cares what other peoples' legacy is if you win, the DNC benefits from your funds if you lose the same thing too, peace i

    April 25, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. A.J.

    I love this move, as someone who is currently studying politics in college, I realize that Barack Obama is going to be the the Democratic nominee for President of the United States, its been locked up for a long time now, he has locked up a victory in states won, he can't be caught in that, as far as delegates, Clinton needs to win 70% in the remaining primaries to even come close, and thats not going to happen considering shes going to lose North Carolina, she's going to lose Montana, South Dakota, and Oregon. Obama has entered Indiana, not down by 20 points in the polls, but rather up 5 points, and we've seen in the past wherever he goes when he's up in the polls or in a statistical deadlock, he wins. So yes, Clinton may win Kentucky, and West Virgina, but the Democratic Party cannot count on those states to be theres to win in the Fall. Plain and simple English IT"S OVER! I'm sorry to those who support Clinton, but as an Independent I see that Obama will be the nominee, and the Democratic Party is going to come together in the General Election and give John McCain an great battle and I think Obama will sneak out a close win over McCain, and we will move on from there. I urge Clinton supporters to do whats best for their party, and not allow this silliness to continue.

    April 25, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. June W

    Good on you Barack....Just keep looking ahead to your Inauguration and let her keep on deluding herself. Let's see if we can get her to understand Populartity= donations, donations = campaign funds, campaign funds = advertising budget. I think she should quit reminding people that you are able to outspend her, they might start making the "popularity "coinnection. At least you've taught her that lesson and now she's copying from your fundraising handbook. What a compliment that is to you since "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." When this is over and she's working on your General Election Campaign as she said she would, she'll have this fundraising thing down pat. Of course, that could just be another "mis speak."

    April 25, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  4. Hildegarde Schildgen

    I'll nevere vote for clinton, and I'll not vote for mccain. Nader looks good to me at this time. Keep stalling DNC and you will lose all young voters and split the democratic party.

    April 25, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  5. Enyanla

    I think it is interesting that some poeple believe Obama has the built in advantage. LOL. Clinton came in with decades of free media coverge, sailing on the coat tails of her husband's legacy. She had a name recognition factor that no amount of money can buy!

    THe other fact is that she has take a great deal of money from lobbyists. This will help to pave the way for her from special interest groups pulling for her behind the scenes. While Obama has not taken money from special interests (maybe a few employees of big companies, but not from the companies themeselves).

    This means that the special interest groups will be working extra hard to keep him out of office! People who think that Washington is a democracy right now has their blinders on. Change needs to happen there in order for real constructive work to take place, and right now, Obama is in the only real position to offer that change because he is backed soley by the PEOPLE and not by special interests. He has the freedom to be bold where Hillary will be tied dow by heavy purse strings.

    These big companies KNOW this. I would not be surprised if they are influencing the media in propogating all these silly attacks directed at Obama. Like "Why doesn't he wear a lapel in?". Who the *@!!88!***! cares! Distractions, distractions....

    April 25, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. Mips

    This is a correct step no matter who wins the nomination because it shows that Obama cares about the party winning in November. It also nicely combats idea that Obama is not ready. It is also hilarious that Hillary spouts some nonsense about Obama only giving speeches, seeing as though she makes this statement in a "speech" herself. Is she the only one who is allowed to make speeches?

    For the democrats who would not support Obama in the general election. Would you consider saying why you won't? And please include specifics.

    April 25, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. sally/cindy - two white seniors/Canada

    Pennsylvanians – instead of getting rid of HRC for good – you voted for a liar (Bosnia). BO mangled his words (bitter remarks) but at least he did not lie.

    HRC will be another liar in the White House (just like Bush) and Bill will be with bedding every female in sight.

    Indiana – make sure you vote for the honest/moral person in the Democratic Election. VOTE FOR BARACK!!!!

    April 25, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  8. mark OH

    What a great move, go OBAMA 08, we love you and trust you.

    April 25, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  9. Peter

    To Obama supporters what kind leadership you are talking about?.
    What this guy did to all of you
    One speech in 2002 I was against the war, ( lots of us are against war in general)
    A second speech trying to explain and excuse rev. Wright with his statements.
    White people voting for Him proved that is not a matter of race.
    Bill Clinton, great President his 8 years term were not badly for America. Clinton and Ms. Ferraro statements were just based on facts 90% of African-American voted for Obama.
    Hillary is the most qualified and prepared, and being in the W.H is a lot of experience.
    Hillary 08

    April 25, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  10. max

    All you Obama haters..... To the left to the left We are democrats and we choose Obama what dont you understand about this...Did you see Courics piece on his office, he has the the young and gifted this is the 21st century lets turn the page please...... I am 60 Obama and the young people can lead us and bring us back together and we will all prosper and unite..

    April 25, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  11. robb

    Has the DNC picked its nominee?

    April 25, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  12. orlando

    It will not help to have an impeached president Clinton back in the white house. Hillary is a dishonnest person. She makes false statements openly without shame. It is time for the United State for get a break from the Bush/Clinton fight for power.

    April 25, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  13. tom

    A lot of nasty stuff out there. Politics really is Blood Sport. It brings out the worst in some of us. It reminds me of Soccer fans in some parts of the world. I hope we can all be friends after the dust has settled in November. No matter who wins this country has a lot of coming together to do.

    What I cannot understand is why many Clinton supporters say they would vote for McCain instead of Obama should Obama be the Democratic Party nominee. I guess it could be true the other way around.

    Is their a rational basis for this?

    Anyone please explain

    April 25, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  14. wd in calgary

    Well, there's some leadership for you. Howard Dean and Hillary Clinton like to be the boss but are both sadly inadequate and self-obsessed. So, like a president-worthy leader would naturally do, Obama is being a decisive, composed leader, and moving forward while the children doddle around in the back yard and argue over who's the bigger racists.

    April 25, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  15. mark OH

    $100 dollar a month to change America, wow lets all support OBAMA 08

    April 25, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  16. Stevo in PA

    Help the Party Barak.

    The last I heard Clinton doesn't want to spend all those millions on a revote in Florida or Michigan. C'mon, the Clinton's can afford it, but they want Barak to pay for it. In all fairness Clinton and Barak can split the tab but Clinton must put her half up front first. Now you Floridains go get her half and Barak will match it.

    You folk in Florida better wake up. The Clintons got the money for a new election. However, they really don't want to pay for your revote.

    April 25, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  17. Jim, Indiana

    Pretentious to say the least! But after all his whole campaign has been about dillusions!

    Go Hillary!!! You can win it all!!!

    April 25, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  18. Stevo in PA

    Indiana we need you. Vote Obama. A fellow Democrate.

    April 25, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  19. tomdavie

    lol at Sally who claims she is a (place perfect Mc Cain demograph here) is a PRO LIFE elder latino, but she BLOGGS ALL DAY and supports Obama.


    Yeah. Sure. You are no doubt a 20 year old posing as a perfect mc cain supporter.

    This kind of NONSENSE cracks me up.

    April 25, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  20. wd in calgary

    No really... the more I read from the pro-Clinton entries the more I see the underlying racism in the US bubble to the surface. I am really disappointed in the great Amreican ismness. In this election ageism and sexism are apparent, yet both pail in comparison to racism. Can you guys give your racists heads a shake already? – Gawd!

    April 25, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |

    Thanks for saying this. I hear all these negative things from both candidate supporters and honestly it just gets me upset! I’m a Hillary supporter, and every time I hear people speak negatively it just makes my blood boil. We are tearing each other up and we are supposed to be in the same team. I have said I would vote for either candidate that gets the nomination, but everyone needs to stop all this negativity.

    OBAMA SUPPORTERS something for you to think about: you say your candidate is all honesty and no negativity then lead by his example…….STOP BEING SO NEGATIVE YOURSELF!!!

    April 25, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  22. Tina Garrett

    That's right Sally:

    I'm a 34-year-old, daughter of a Marine (HURAH!), wife of a fire fighter, illustrator for Christian publications, and an OBAMA Delegate for my township in Missouri!

    Thank God for Barack Obama.

    April 25, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  23. Chapman

    I Love all the comments about Obama "buying the election".
    Did any of you read the letter that Hillary's top donors sent to the DNC??
    That is the definition of BRIBERY. They tried to strong arm party leaders in to carrying out their will by threatening to call back donations if they didn't reverse their positions on superdelegates. Like every other crap cannon deployed by the Clintons in this primary it is officially exploding in their faces. They've been wearin it for way too long & now they're startin' to smell bad from it. Sen. Obama is showing himself to be ready well before day one.

    April 25, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  24. Tricia in NH

    Race is an issue only because the popular media has made it so. I don't really care what color someone is-I care about where they stand on what's important to me. Unfortunatley, alot of people, regardless of there own color, will vote based on that alone. Others wil vote based on gnder alone. This is sad for all Americans. We don't see what's inside someone, only what's on the outside. The basis of most dislike for Hillary is from when she was first lady. She was portrayed then as an independant woman and people didn't like that. She was required, as first lady, to support her husband publicly. As all married women know, we put on a supportive face in public, but when we get home-different story. Noone has looked at Hillary in any other light tha this. Yes, she voted for the war when just about every American wanted revenge for the attacks of 9/11. Was she the only one? No, I think not. On policy and on record, Hillary is the best candidate. She's gotten a bad wrap because of her strength and will. Isn't that what we need in a president? Strength of will? Intelligence? The ability to weigh all consequences to provide the American people with what we need?
    I read alot of blogs and the bulk of Obama supporters spew venom towards Hillary. Is it racist? Sexist? Or is it based on what it should be-on a clear comparison of policy, ability, and knowledge of ow to de-Bush America?
    I am no racist and am no sexist. I believe that the best person for the job, based on clear comparison, is Hillary.
    let's throw the racist and sexist comments out the door and make our ecisions based on what this counry needs. Decide Obama, that's fine if you believe in him. Choose Hillary, and that's fine, to. We are Americans and it is our right to choose who we believe in. Leave the school-yard name calling for something else. or leave it altogether.

    April 25, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |

    VERY presumptive of Obama. He shore is gonna be one more sick, boy after the next two elections. Especially when the Florida votes are allowed. If the Florida votes are allowed then Michigan where Obama campaigned to have his people vote for no one will have to be counted also. People especially Obama supporters right along with Obama will be wondering where their I got a dream went. Get real people even if he wins the nomination it will be a total waste of money to think that some of Democrat supporters will vote democrat in Nov. I FOR ONE WILL BE AN INDEPENDENT WHO WILL VOTE FOR JOHN McCAIN. At least I know our country will be protected. With an Obama there is no way one will know which country he will sell out to. HILLARY 08

    April 25, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
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