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. YoYobama

    Sold my car for $2,300.00. I will sent a check for $2,300.00 to YoYobama if he can win Florida and Michigan.

    Florida and Michigan should do primary elections every month until Obama can win.

    It will take a while, of course.

    Looking forward to 2012.

    April 25, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  2. shawn

    I live in Illinois and for all of you who dont know barack obama.. ha ha i do.. the dude is a fraud and if elected you all will find out...

    HILLARY "08"

    April 25, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. sarah

    I hope he raises a bunch of money and Hillary ends up winning the nomination. His arrogance is astounding. Once again he is operating on the "If you say it enough, people will believe it" theory.
    Not this time jerk. Typical white person who is sick of this closet racist, America hating bigot trying to "hoodwink" the American people.

    April 25, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  4. Matt

    It does not matter what Obama or DNC do. If Hillary is not the nominee, forget about the Democrats. All Hillary supporters should vote for McCain to teach both Obama and DNC a lesson. At least with McCain we know what we are getting. know I will.

    April 25, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  5. Orange County

    Thank you Obama! Your poor judgements will make our country stronger!

    CLINTON '08

    April 25, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  6. tom, Boston

    yeah!!! let's have some fun poking the fat belly of the blood-thirsty old man and watching the rubbish that gushes out of it!

    April 25, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  7. Paul

    Hillary is a moderate and the best candidate. She has experience and will fix our economy. She has been always proud to be an American unlike Obama's wife and Pastor.

    She knows that people believe out of love for God and others and not out of frustration like Obama said. Hillary respects people's constitutional right to bear arms. Obama thinks that God equals frustration.. ( people dont' believe 'cause they are frustrated , or are we blind sheep to agree with him?

    Hillary 08

    April 25, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  8. Jackie in New York

    This is right. Just ignore her. Don't give her so much power. She's a cloud of gnats.

    April 25, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  9. Craig, Seattle, WA

    If Hillary is not the nominee, I am likely voting for McCain if he picks a moderate running mate – otherwise I will sit this out. Obama is NOT EXPERIENCED ENOUGH TO LEAD THIS COUNTRY!

    April 25, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  10. Tre

    Listen to these Hillary supporters.... Obama is GIVING money to the DNC. If Hillary wins, it's hers. All this whining is only because you dont want to admit that your candidate is sinking. I guess this is what happens when losers lose.

    April 25, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  11. Daniel in Missouri

    The comments posted here show just how dumb some American voters are.

    1. Obama has wrapped up the nomination. Clinton would have to win every state by a 65/35 split to catch Obama. This is not going to happen.

    2. The arguement that Obama is all talk is weak. Do a little research you will see a Harvard Law graduate and a man whose policies are regarded as more viable that Clinton's false rhetoric.

    3. Revrend Wright is not Obama, but Clinton has accepted a worse endorsement Scaife.

    4. Obama IS more electable than Clinton. The republicans will easily brand her a liar.

    5. If you are a Hillary supported and you say will support McCain over Obama, then you are too ill informed to be voting.

    April 25, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  12. Ikenna

    How can anyone call Obama racist, give me one statement that suggested that.

    April 25, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  13. Rob

    Sad Madeline, just sad.

    Also point people, if you are going to go on racist tirade dont give your full name and your location. Its just stupid. Elementary school should of taught you better

    April 25, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  14. trellskig

    That's right Obama and camp...get it together so we can win in November.

    April 25, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  15. LOSING

    Democrats are really good at one thing- losing elections...even those that are seemingly in the bag.

    We have now spent more money than ever just to beat a really weak republican nominee, with everyone already disgusted with Bush. We should have taken this election without any campaigning and without spending ANY money.

    But once again, we are desperately trying to install the nominee with appeal to the radical, ultra-liberal and fringe elements of the party. Such a candidate can not even pull all of the democrats behind him- much less the rest of America.

    Now we will Pander to the newbies and the black vote- out of fear of alienating them... and then we are willing to lose the election. Again.

    We never learn. This party deserves to DIE.

    April 25, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  16. Debbie

    by far the best line from Hilllary and her multi multi millions gained by hook or by crook, deals with foreign Governments, is that Obama is the one who is elitist – is hilarious and those Clinton supporters just lap it up – good lord!
    We still don't know about Clinton's library – when is that being looked at again by the media????

    April 25, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  17. John k

    mmmmmm I read from the world news all the time, that the world have been wantting a way to bring unity and love.
    If this has been the true mission of the World leaders.
    then Obama is the answer, for he is 50% black and 50% white,
    which is the 100% key to Unity
    John K

    April 25, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  18. Nigel

    If Obama is the nominee and FL and MI was not included, McCain gets my family..friends and my vote

    April 25, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  19. ann

    politics is just like sport. any sport. imagine the playing field. football, basketball, etc. now establish the rules of the game. rules created to achieve fairness for all players.

    question: after the game has begun, maybe the second quarter can one team change the rules. i don't think so. that would not be fair.

    we all admire those who play the game to the best of their ability. no one admires the team that strives to win by cheating.

    sport like politics is not about race, it is about ability and dedication. did i mention commitment to excellence? truth and honor achieved on earth echo in eternity.

    April 25, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  20. Mr Din

    Scott April 25th, 2008 2:28 pm ET

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

    Thats nice planning, just forget the primary, go head for november haha

    what the planning......

    Hillary wil be next president

    April 25, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  21. Mark

    It makes sense. Theres no way we want to give the repulicans any motivation to turn out and vote or donate money. Hillary is not worth getting republicans excited. Obama will suppress the republican vote in the general election .

    we all must agree with that.

    White "blue collar worker" P.A.

    April 25, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  22. William in Oklahoma

    I guess Obama is a little confident in his ability to ride out this years nomination process. I don't think that will help him in the upcoming primaries.

    April 25, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  23. Rose

    To all of the readers that try to use the race as the cause of win, I have just one thing to say... GET A LIFE...

    why Obama:

    -He has seen the rough side of life and knows what poverty and lack of education can lead do.
    -He has earned his way up
    -He has a vision of unity and prosperity for the nation
    -He respects people for whoever they are
    -He builds bridges between people and takes our differences as a contribution to the country, not as a means to divide us

    April 25, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  24. Bayou Joe

    Try uniting the party after today's comments by another great Black leader in Congress. I believe his name is Clyburn. Sounds to me like we have two candidates in the Democratic party. One for the White people and African Americans that value the Clintons for their years of service to all Americans., regardless of color and the other one the Candidate of the Black Iberation Front and White Socialists.

    It won't happen the American Public is better educated today than they were 40 years ago. Even the old people can go on the internet and learn what BLT means besides Bacon lettuce and Toast. They also keep abreast of foreign affairs.

    April 25, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  25. Chrishton (Houston)

    Way to go Obama, speak it into existence and look past all of the Clinton drama! You will be the Democratic Nominee and the Democratic Party will support you.
    FACT CHECK: The American people can not with stand another 4 years under Republican leadership. Gas prices are soaring, we're in the midst of a recession, and far too many of our men/women have died fighting a war that should never have been authorized. The choice is clear in 2008, the same or change. Sen Clinton represents the same, sorry Washington Politics of the past people.
    Obama 08 for Real Change

    April 25, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
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