April 25th, 2008
12:19 PM ET
6 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. MMN - Milwaukee WI

    Obama is doing it so did other good leaders:
    Jesse Jackson, Louis Farrakhan, & Jeremiah Wright were all in a delegation to gain freedom of captured US servicemen, while others were dodging sniper fire in the Baltics (Yugoslavia/Bosnia region) but ts the silly season for elections when leadership is redefined for nondoers who claim credit for what others have done.

    April 25, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  2. CANADA VOX

    TO JAN FROM BOCA RATS,...IS THERE A CROSS BURNING FESTIVAL HAPPENING? SO MANY WHITE HOODED WIZARDS COMING OUT ALL AT ONCE.

    April 25, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  3. Helene

    I have already registered to help the Obama campaign win the general election and I am very excited about it. Several of my friends have joined me as well.

    April 25, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  4. irony

    This is the ultimate irony for the Obama supporters (the smart and educated people) to ponder:

    IF Obama is our nominee, it is because the Washington Insiders that he speaks against (Superdelegates) GIVE the nomination to him.

    It will NOT be because he convinced the electorate with his inspiring words of hope and change.

    Hillary STILL got 50% of the vote even after being sabotaged and throttled and handicapped.

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

    well said... Dan from CO

    OBAMA '08

    April 25, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  6. Debbie, NJ

    It doesn't matter whether you like Obama or that you will not vote for him come the general election, the fact remains, he has more delegates, (and they're leaving Clinton everyday. Did you hear about the lastest one. Her fundraiser has left her and gone with Obama.),
    he has won more states, he has the popular vote(even with FL she'll still be behind). And you talk about owing people and buying votes. Here are the lobbyist she owes
    Senator Hillary Clinton has taken over $800,000 from lobbyists, more money than any other candidate — Republican or Democrat:
    Over $130,000 from energy lobbyists
    Over $130,000 from drug company lobbyists
    Over $125,000 from health care and insurance lobbyists.”
    Energy: $442,800
    Pharmaceuticals/health products: $450,450
    Hospitals, health services/HMOs and insurance companies: $552,050
    Health professionals: $114,755.
    And for you who say if she doesn't win you'll vote for McCain. Ditto. If Hillary manages to steal the election most blacks, single moms,young voters, new voters and independents will vote for McCain.

    April 25, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  7. mama4obama

    I love a guy with vision.....

    Keep your eye on the ball buddy....

    OBAMA 08.

    I sure bet that pisses the HillBilly's off...since he has basically brushed them off as competition. Love it .....LOVE IT!!!!!

    April 25, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  8. Allen Friedman--- Henderson, Nevada

    I think that it would be very useful if Barack were to name a Vice Presidentental candidate soon as to let this country know that others will be involved in major decisions that he makes. There are two candidates that would be very helpful to his candidacy and they are ex senator Sam Nunn of Georgia and senator James Webb of Virginia. Both of these men would be a big plus for the Obama candidacy.

    April 25, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  9. Wang LI

    I've just sent $100 to Obama following PA...
    Go Obama !

    April 25, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  10. Whimp

    Will the general election be a caucus?

    Obama only does caucuses.

    He needs his thugs to force a win.

    He needs just a few voters to count as if they were many voters.

    April 25, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  11. Pepou62

    Sharon Minnesota : Who has done the MOST damage to the democratic party ? Hillary C. with all her kitchen sink attacks, lies and deception. Even ther NYTimes who endorsed her has buyer remorse !

    April 25, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  12. Michael

    Forward thinking is the goal, just be sure to get Hillary OUT of the race beforehand.

    April 25, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  13. 8 to 1

    Obama: Huh, umm, I... well... I only do caucuses. That way one vote earns me 8 times the number of delegates as one primary vote earns me.

    That is the Obama type of cheater's math.

    April 25, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  14. Barb Canada

    He goes out as a politician and says what he has to say as a politician, and I say what I say as a pastor.....Translation.....he lies, he's a politician. I tell the truth, I am a pastor! So the fact that you say you "patch your suits" I don't believe you!

    April 25, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  15. caucus math

    The only math that puts Obama ahead is the math of the flawed, undemocratic caucuses.

    April 25, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  16. Andrew Goff

    Hillary Clinton:2008 :: Ralph Nader:2000

    Got it?

    April 25, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  17. Deb, IN

    That's a little arrogant if you ask me.... HE IS NOT ELECTABLE!!!!!!!! BLUE COLLAR WHITE voters will not vote for him. I should know I'm one of them.

    April 25, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  18. Smiley from Conyers, GA

    Obama has damaged the party? Are you serious? C'mon people please do your research. Stop believing everything you hear! Clinton is so arrogant and full of it.

    Everyone is complaining that the majority of African-Americans are voting for Obama, how about the majority of WHITE WOMEN who vote for Hillary? African-Americans only make up 13% of the US population. I don't think that number is large enough to put him in the lead. Goodness gracious, you people are going to give me a stroke you're so misinformed!

    Again, I ask that you do your research before you make these statements. And for the record, we're not black, we're BROWN!!!! Learn your colors!

    April 25, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  19. Terry

    Silly Nobama. You're not even the nominee. And if you are, you won't win the election in November, the one that COUNTS. You must be drinking your own Koolaid. The one that can win is Hillary. You're a Dukakis, don't you see it???

    April 25, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  20. Maggie

    Jan from Boca Raton, . . .This 50 state registration plan is for everyone who calls themselves democrats, regardless of what race they may be.
    Senator Obama has votes from all different races. So maybe that means
    that they are 100% INTELLIGENT enough to look past someone's race.
    And if they are not, then I would tell them that since Obama is both
    white and black, they can vote for the white half.(See how stupid prejudice sounds?).

    Obama for All Americans 08.

    April 25, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  21. isn't it ironic?

    This is the ultimate irony for the Obama supporters (the smart and educated people) to ponder:

    IF Obama is our nominee, it is because the Washington Insiders that he speaks against (Superdelegates) GIVE the nomination to him.

    It will NOT be because he convinced the electorate with his inspiring words of hope and change.

    Hillary STILL got 50% of the vote even being sabotaged and throttled and handicapped.

    April 25, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  22. Woohoo!

    He be stupid.

    April 25, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  23. Independent

    Obviously the DNC wanted to send the message to Clinton that she isn't going to be the nominee – something everyone with half a brain already knows but she can't seem to figure out.

    April 25, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  24. Tamika

    You are right.. the reason the supers havnt formed a single file line towards Hillary is simple: they know her alot better than we do. Especially the elected officials.. they know she's shady and her hubby too...they know it would be a co-presidency at its worse.. it'll be the 90's all over again... oh.. and Thank you to every blogger who's had the guts to mention past and current Clinton scandals on these posts.. i was going crazy thinking i was the only one with sense!!! The media isnt going to help us so we're on our own here. Our latest examples are as such: Why isnt the Hillary Movie being covered? Peter Paul case is still in business..Wright being called to "spiritually advise" for the Clintons during impeaching. Penn isnt fired just moved around like the campaign monies Clinton have a knack for. One collects from Nafta.. the other opposes.. but both prosper. Man i could go on and on but you tube gives you a sample with the full version of Hillary the Movie(without DVD purchase..meaning its free people!)

    arm yourself with knowledge

    April 25, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  25. Susan MO

    It will be Clinton & McCain in the election.

    Why Clinton?

    Intelligent, experienced, and is for the people.

    Why not Obama?

    He was critical to the good people of Pennsylvania. We do not need a president who slams Americans.
    Also, not experienced enough to be president.

    We have thought about the two alot.

    Hillary 08!!

    Hillary 08 :)

    April 25, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
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