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. jack texas

    Americas chickens are being counted before they're hatched.

    April 25, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  2. Hawaiian guy

    After all the negative campaigning, psychotic antics with behavior, and arrogance of entitlement to the nomination, I wonder how all the Clinton supporters can actually feel proud of standing behind her.

    I not only feel sorry for the Clintons but for all supporters who are brainwashed and truly just don't undertand politics. Lanny Davis is a good example of a pathetic, political analyst loser who continues to sound like a broken record with his, "battleground states" speech. Give us a break!

    For all the women, established supporters for Clinton, I feel even more sorry for you because you are desperately wanting to put a "female" president in there but yet, the choice is the worst possible politician ever. Good luck Clinton supporters, you'll need it.

    April 25, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  3. Eric in Calif.

    The only thing Hillary's PA squeeky win proved is that there are a lot of racist, old, uneducated morons in that state. She had every advantage, party hack on her side including a 20 pt. lead and Obama still almost beat her! Isn't it time to give it up Hillraiser? Ask what you can do for your country....

    April 25, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  4. Mark


    April 25, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  5. No BO

    Bo has nothing to show. Only talk and promiseis. Like BUSH "Read my lips." He can not be trusted and he can stand the heat. It will be easy for Mc to to win agaist BO. In my opinion this is very typical of DNC. The old ancicstors like Kennedy, Kery and the opoortunist from NM and Carry from PA are all jerk and looking forward to position in BO. But let me remind them that it will not happen. Mc will winn. If Hillary is smart she should walk away and give the nomination to BO and when BO looses to Mc this time, than in 2012 she can come and beat Mc and take the white house for 8 years.

    April 25, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  6. Tony, Miami

    An american au Canada must be a Canadian now then your opinion doesn't matter.

    Sylvia I understand your mistake just ask Hillary to send you your money back. Of course you will be waiting until we see a shark in Central Park.

    BRAVO OBAMA you believe in building not destroying.

    April 25, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  7. Scott, Wichita

    And we care, why?

    This isn't news. Try reporting something worthwhile.

    April 25, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  8. tom, Boston

    Now, do your politician thing, and let rev. wright tell the truth. for all we know, the absolutely majority of the voters don't understand the truth ot can't handle the truth. you'll never make it to the white house if you tell the truth. just read this pathetic CNN "news" and its readers's comments. take it from me: the average american is even worse than this blogsphere.

    that is why the biggest trick taught in the harvard kennedy school of government is how to "lead the public" with no wide-eyed illusion of "changing their hearts and minds" in any mianingful way,

    that is how to manipulate the too-dumb-to-understand-real-choices public into believing that they have democracy and real choices, government of / by / for the people vs. the others. they don't deserve it, and they don't recognize it anyway.

    April 25, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  9. uc

    sender ; Diane said his/her support will not go to obama if obam won, then it's obvious that you are the kind that will sale their birth right for a bread. people with vision dont reason the way you reason. what legacy are you living us with. Did hillary cook food for your parents or are you indebted cos, you wish to behave different, if so cast your vote to anyone even you can vote for robert mugabe

    April 25, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  10. Jackie, Dallas TX

    Obama has been very involved and effective raising campaign funds for other democratic candidates in prior years. If history is any indication, he would help the DNC with fundraising for a Democratic presidential victory in 2008 whether he was the nominee or not.

    April 25, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  11. aliou salam FL

    Well, i have already given to Obama, but I will still give to the party . I will raise hell however, if one of my dimes serves hillary.

    April 25, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  12. Maxine from WA State

    Go Barack!

    A great example of a leader and not a divider!

    I pray that we all come together and support the best person for the job as President of the United States!

    April 25, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  13. Concerned Citizen

    Let us not give the Republicans another chance.
    Please superdelegates, choose who makes sense.........Hillary!!!!!!

    April 25, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  14. Scott

    Barack is going to win.

    April 25, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  15. Aaron D

    I find it hard to believe how many people on these posts say "I support this democratic candidate, so if the other one wins I'm gonig to vote for McCain". This does not make sense. Both democratic candidates have, by their own admission, remarkably similar policy proposals and ideals. John McCain is the polar opposite of the democratic candidate on almost every issue.If you are believe in the ideals and policies of either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama, you believe in the ideals of the other democratic candidate. I am a vocal supporter of one of the two candidates, but I will gladly vote for the other if he/she is the nominee.
    Please, I know its easy to get attached to a candidate in such a personal process, but you have to be able to look past that and look at the issues. If you genuinely believe in the proposals of either Democratic candidate, you owe it to yourself and the country to vote for the other if they are the nominee.

    April 25, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  16. Racist or Sexist?

    To all of you who claim any person that just does not like Obama or has something that they don't trust in Obama is a racist better take a look in the mirror. Maybe the reason you dislike Hillary so much or don't want her for president is because you don't like women. Maybe you are a Sexist! What does that say about you?? Maybe you don't like Hillary because she is white? Maybe that is reverse discrimination? Maybe you all should take a closer look at yourselves and really think about it. Everyone is entitled to like or dislike anyone for whatever reason they have. Everyone has hatred for things, people whomever and to think they don't is ridiculous. To act on it is the problem. No one is acting on anything but just merely expressing their views and as a citizen of this free nation, we are entitled. That is what freedom of speech is all about. Get over yourselves and get back to politics.. oh that's right, everyone forgets that Obama portrays himself as one of you, regular American citizen living the American dream... you all forget... HE'S A POLITICIAN!!!!! WAKE UP!!!

    April 25, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  17. Krystyna from Chicago

    POOR OBAMA !!!! BIG money !!!! BIG Speaches and HILLARY IS a WINNER !!!!!
    NOW he is planing general election !!!!!
    It's not over Mr, REZKO case is on the way, is not solved, I wonder what will come by THE END !!!!!
    Obama could face some PROBLEMS, not just from Rpublicans as he is preparing himself to general election, but from Chicago corruption CASE !!!!!!
    I prefer clear choice and I will vote for HILLARY !!!!!

    April 25, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  18. David Riley

    I prefer Obama, but dang it all, if Hillary gets the nomination, I'll back her all the way. I get concerned when "we democrate" start hating each other so much that we call each other racist pigs, etc. The Republicans are eating this up. Stop the name calling, push for Barack or Hillary, and accept whoever ends up on top.

    April 25, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  19. H Morris

    Anyone that will destroy America is Hillary Clinton..The voting results and the superdelegates votes clearly indicates Obama is the strongest. What Hillary should do, is step back and stop trying to destroy Obama's reputation. All she is doing causing seperation within the democratic party.

    April 25, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  20. LeeRoy, Nottingham (UK)

    Obama criticizes Washington but he uses the political strategies of Washington. Ridiculous. Hillary Clinton has to appear as independent candidate.

    April 25, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  21. HRC Slayer

    What...who the heck would put Bill Clinton back in the White House, with nothing to do at that! We all know what happens when he has too much time on his hands! 😉

    April 25, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  22. Armon in Dallas, TX

    Great job, Senator Obama! I don't know what else you have to do to show the American people that you have their best interest at heart. Just keep up the good work, and know that you have legions of people who are rooting for you every day. God bless you, and God bless AMERICA!!

    Obama '08

    April 25, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  23. Terri In Oregon

    1. I would like to meet one person that dosen't have a friend or family member that said something incredibly stupid and embarrasing. How small minded to judge someone by someone else's actions. Especially a sound bite. The media is incredibly good at making an issue out of nothing. They have done it to McCain and Clinton too. Disregard and get onto the issues.
    2. Hillary has also been speaking with the DNC, did you not read the whole article? She just has not come to an agreement with them.
    3. McCain has a short temper. He has shown it again and again. His fist clenching, name calling and degrading responses to those who disagree with think of other leaders in Europe. Please read up on this man before you vote for him.
    4. I will vote for who ever the democratic nominee is because their platforms are so similar. Both of them are intelligent, strong, and want to see better things in America. McCain will be four more years of the same.

    April 25, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  24. Hillary is nuts

    Hillary is doooooone.

    It is not possible for her to win.......



    April 25, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  25. Joshua

    If your Democrat doesn't win, you'll be voting for a Republican?
    Wow, Madeline, why don't you just get rid of your ideals all together?

    April 25, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
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