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. Paul

    Uh Oh, now we are going to see Clinton and all her supporters kicking and screaming and throwing temper tantrums. The DNC has joined the Obama team for a joint fundraising plan for the general election? What does that tell you Hillary? You are just going through the motions and this race is over.

    April 25, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  2. Alonzo Demetrius

    You are wasting your time, Obama, and lots of poor folks' money. You will not be elected because you are a racist and a fool. You have disregarded the wisdom of your elders and spent your fortunes on trying to trick the foolish young with your talk-talk-talk of hope and change. We elders have heard your kind many times before and don't trust you, don't want you.

    April 25, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. stacy

    I am moving to the Republican party from being a Democrat for over
    40 years.

    April 25, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  4. HillarywillGoHell

    Good job by the Obama campaign we need to focus on John McBush forget hillary she bark as much as she wants don't give attention to her we need to win this year we can not afford to have another republican in the white house it is time for superdelegates to make up their mind and rally behind our nominnee Obama and beat those so called conservative republicans that I call false christians.

    April 25, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. Michael Lorton, Virginia

    "The Obama team had entered into a joint fundraising operation with the Democratic National Committee." It would appear that the DNC is aligning with the forerunner in the lead..........Has the DNC already made their decision on the nominee? Almost a win-win situation for Obama and Hillary.........he wins Democratic nomination........Hillary get her debts paid off........interesting.

    April 25, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  6. Roy P

    He does not have the electoral votes to win a national campaign. Wake up, someone please tell these people they are hurting this party.

    April 25, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. Kay-Arizona

    Great. I'm sure Hillary will appreciate the information when she wins.

    April 25, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  8. Marshall in Nebraska

    Keep it up Barak and next thing you know you will be in the Whitehouse.

    April 25, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  9. Trenton Sims, Los Angeles

    Thats Right Barack.. Just Brush off your shoulders..:)

    April 25, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  10. Grif

    Well, I did Say! Dictator.............

    April 25, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  11. Lets Get Ready for Change!


    April 25, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  12. Ric

    I dont think its about winning anymore. Basically Hillary is going to leave 1/2 the Democrats wondering if they've back the wrong candidate. If he loses, expect HUGE "told you so" moments. Alot of us left this game a long time ago.
    Democrats for Mc Cain '08 ~ Donate today! Elect a Hero!!

    April 25, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  13. Kyle

    If he can do this, then he can let us know if he plans to keep his word about taking public financing for the general election.

    April 25, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  14. AZM

    Didn't know he finally got the 2000 delegates he needed?

    Oh...yea... he doesn't...

    NoBABA No WAY....

    April 25, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  15. least worthy

    We have already had 8 years of a boastful. cocky, swaggering, petulant child in the white house.

    We do not need Obama to give us more of the same schoolyard mockery and jeering.

    Obama lost my vote.

    April 25, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  16. Mk

    ohh noooo Mr and Mrs Bill
    Major Clinton Fundraiser defects to Obama Campaign???

    April 25, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  17. Tim from Florida

    Why didn't he agree back in March to help Florida and Michigan
    do a recount .Clinton signed off on it but he would not .He doesn't about us Florida voters .Well thats why he is down 30 points against McCain here and Clinton is up 10.Our vote should count as much as any other state .And the Dems will need Florida in the general election .If he is going to hand out money he should of back 2 months ago .Sounds like he is the one trying to buy the election now .

    April 25, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  18. Nando, Florida

    Also One of Hillary's Major Contributors is Jumping ship today to Obama she is done and out of money they see the writing on the wall Barak has the nomination he will let her Hissy Fit and scream he will just ignore her and we have Moved on to the BIG FISH MCCSAME AS BUSH. HILLARY WANTS TO KEEP RUNNING SHE CAN BECAUSE HER SENATE SEAT IS WHAT SHE WILL HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT WHEN SHE IS UP FOR RE-ELECTION BECAUSE GULIANI WILL GIVE HER A RUN FOR HER MONEY WITH THE SPITZER SCANDAL .

    April 25, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  19. OZ

    For those of you who see the racial side of politics, Obama maybe getting 90% plus of the black vote, but keep in mind that in all other presidential elections in the history of our country blacks voted 100% for whites.

    April 25, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  20. Dennis in Spokane

    The 50 state registration plan is going to bring more people into the process and that's a great thing for democracy. Bush tells everyone to go shopping instead of participating in their own government. Hillary practices the same sort of elitism. Obama is the peoples choice.

    April 25, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  21. Peter, Indianapolis

    Senator Obama has been the best organizer and fundraiser out of all of the candidates. This is only just a sample of how he plans to run the
    country. Hillary is near broke and has run a terrible campaign. This is
    not a good sign that she knows what she is doing, let alone running the
    country. After all of her years of so-called experience, she has done nothing profound. Obama has shown that he is a staunch professional organizer and will act on behalf of the American people.

    Obama 08.

    April 25, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  22. Karin

    Well to tell you the truth ......this is what Obama needs to do any..... and to the supporter of Obama let keep putting up the money each month so he can have more then enough to do whats needed.......I know I will ....because Hillary is just playing a game with Obama....and the game shes trying to play is if I cant win then I'm going to make sure you dont win.......If shes a leader like she says she is then she knows ....it just like working on a team ....if you see that someone on the team is stronger in an area......that you work......you give that area to that person...not try to take that person down....but move to the side and let that person work it and work along with them to make it all come together and work for the best for the team........Now thats what you call a leader.....

    April 25, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  23. david goldman for OBAMA





    April 25, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  24. DJ, LA, CA

    Obama please also focus more on these issues:

    1) REDUCING THE INFLUENCE OF LOBBIES – Recommend new legislation for reforms and greater scrutiny of Congress to prevent additional corruption/bribery (i.e.: Duke Cunningham, Jefferson, etc).

    2) GREATER TRANSPARENCY IN GOVT – No more Bush/Cheny style meetings behind closed doors with Energy/Oil energy executives to form domestic policy.

    April 25, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  25. Concerned Canadian

    Barack Hussein Obama's campaign is going all over the place...a sign of anxiety and insecurity....lack of confidence...worried of losing...this guy Barack is not viable anymore.

    Hillary 08.....she's solid.

    April 25, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
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