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. South Sider, Chicago, IL

    Great, Go Obama. Glad to hear you're helping out the DNC!

    April 25, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  2. Grif

    Then you don't call this,,, Pressumtion????

    April 25, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  3. EC

    Way to GO Sen. Obama!!

    Money talks and BS walks, if Sen. Clinton could not reach an agreement, Oh well. Let the most savvy and best organized LEAD the way and set a new RECORD.

    Sen. Clinton might want to take notes.

    April 25, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. Alfredo

    You don't have to...you don't deserve to be the future president.. You are merely just POLITICIAN according to Wright...

    April 25, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  5. Fraser from Maryland

    Good for Obama! He's moving forward and trying to unify the Democratic party and raise money for the DNC. True leadership. Well done!

    April 25, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  6. ds

    The dem candidate should have been able to to do this a couple of months ago.

    April 25, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  7. Bitter and voting for Obama

    Listen America! Could you ask yourselves one question? Why haven't the remaining super delegates endorsed Hillary by now? This happens to be a woman whom they have known for years. They have known Obama only for a few years. If at this time they are still undecided, it only means that they really don't want to endorse Hillary.
    If they wanted her they would have endorsed her from day one. But they are willing to give Obama a chance praying that he turns out to be someone more better, honest and genuine than her. So their resistance in endorsing anyone will only work in his favor........something to ponder!

    April 25, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  8. elizabeth

    isn't he the presumptive nominee?

    April 25, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  9. jj

    Oh, so now he's buying the DNC to get them to sway the superdelegates. How much of HIS MONEY THAT HE GOT is for the general election. If someone donates 2300, half of that is suppose to only be for the general isn't it?????? no wondering he is out spending Clinton, he's using all the funds and none that he can't touch. That;'s funny, you say how much Clinton can't touch because it's for the general election, BUT YOU HAVE NEVER SAID HOW MUCH OBAMA HAS TO PUT ASIDE???????

    April 25, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  10. loser

    Obama brushed 14 Million Hillary supporters off his shoulders when he so childishly brushed Hillary off his shoulders.

    Not only is that NOT presidential...but that kind of cocky, swaggering is just like Bush. And... it IS going negative.

    I did not vote for Bush, I will not vote for Obama.

    April 25, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. Chris

    Good one. Obama. Always be one step ahead. Obama camp is very well organized and it is no surprise they are doing this.

    Anyway May 6, I am planning a BBQ to celebrate Obama's victory and departure of Hillary from the Democratic party. Obama is going to win both Indiana and NC.

    April 25, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  12. Dan in CO

    More evidence that Obama is more about Democrats (all of them, in every office), while the Clintons are all about her (and his!) own personal ambitions.

    April 25, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  13. California Voter

    Isn't he being rather presumptive?

    April 25, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  14. Alfredo

    Is Clyburn's comments about Bill in one of your tactics again...

    Why don't Clyburn say something about Wright's and Obama's lying bizzarre. Why because they are African Americans. You are bizarre. Grow up.

    You are the one who is bizzare and a disgrace. Racial discrimination against African American has been overused and misused. Actually you are now beginning to be racial. To get away with bad comments and bad behavior you will always use the racial issue as an EXCUSE. Shut up.

    Beware North Carolinians and Indianians….Obama lied and just a Politician.

    April 25, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  15. dEMOBRAT

    Well, I guess The Republicans were okay in starting their general Election Slam on Obama then.

    Good luck Baby-O

    April 25, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  16. Kevin

    The DNC needs Obama. Let's move forward.

    April 25, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |

    That is so great.... The clintons will fail this time.

    April 25, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  18. Michigan

    Get out of the way Hillary.

    April 25, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  19. USAF Sr. Airman

    He might as well be making these plans. He's pretty much been the nominee for 6 weeks now. Why oh why won't Clinton leave the race? She must be a closet Republican trying to harm the Democratic party on purpose.

    April 25, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  20. Debby

    Good idea, but I hope Obama waits till he is the nominee and not buy it because the DNC is low on cash.

    April 25, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  21. SBvoter

    I don't know why he's making plans for the general election. If Hillary doesn't win-McCain is my man.
    sorry obama

    April 25, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  22. Jan from Boca Raton, Fl

    This 50 state registration plan, is it for blacks or whites?

    Obama already has 99% of the black vote. The white voters have already made up their minds, MUST BE OBAMA IS GETTING NERVOUS>

    April 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  23. sue


    April 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  24. debbie

    Stay focused!!!!!

    April 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  25. joe

    that is the way to go I will be sending money to DNC if only if Obama is a nominee. Common Clinton let is go to the next level try to run 2016.

    April 25, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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