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. Nancy Nola

    THIS IS WHY I SUPPORT OBAMA, HE IS A LEADER, WAY TO GO OBAMA.

    April 25, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. Sylvia

    I just gave HIlary $50

    April 25, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  3. Blake, San Diego

    Anti-Obama, Anti-Hillary... Do you people even take a look at the bigger picture? If you vote McCain in the fall, regardless of who you support now, you're voting against everything the democratic candidates represent. A vote for McCain is a vote against morality and a vote for ultra conservative ideals.

    Just look at the big picture.

    Democrats '08

    April 25, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  4. Smiley from Conyers, GA

    So many of you who comment on this blog are racist beyond recognition. You're so unwilling to give someone else a chance. What makes Hillary so qualified? Is it because she lies better than your average politician.

    I used to have respect for her. I even chose her as my candidate before Obama. All of that has changed. Her negativity has completely turned me off. Everytime I hear her speak it makes me want to throw up in my stomach.

    Those of you who say you'll never vote for Obama were never considering giving him your vote anyway. He never had your vote so what does it matter?

    April 25, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  5. common sense

    Jan from Boca Raton, Fl: You don't even make sense. Whether Obama comes out on top or not, this will help the Democratic Party.

    Please leave ignorant comments off here CNN!

    At least someone is doing something for the GOOD OF THE PARTY! WAY TO SHOW SOME LEADERSHIP OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!

    April 25, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  6. Eric

    Just shows Obama is willing to Unite the Democratic Party where Hilary is trying to Ruin it. Hilary = Close door Republican??

    April 25, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  7. Alfredo

    The one who should make plans for the general election is Hillary.

    April 25, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  8. Victoria

    It's about time. Keep looking ahead, Obama, and let hillary keep believing the numbers in her fictional, delusional world.

    April 25, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  9. Eddie G

    Obama all the way to the White House!

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

    Whatever the plan, count me in. He is the man and the ONLY candidate who can take this country in a positive direction.

    Hillary and the GOP are not bigger than God.

    Obama 08

    April 25, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  11. An American in Canada

    IS OBAMA DREAMING IN TECHNICOLOR AGAIN REWORKING THAT MOVIE.. CHANGE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN ??? I GUESS THAT IS WHEN WE GET TO HAVE OUR TWO CENTS WORTH OF CHANGE!

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    HILLARY R. CLINTON, PRESIDENT OF AMERICA 2009-20012 IT IS ALREADY WRITTEN IN THE STARS!

    April 25, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  12. Charlotte

    If this is a done deal, why is it still so close? In the big scheme of things, it is very close.

    April 25, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  13. Cammi317

    Do not twist things. He did not brush Hillary off of his shoulders, he brushed off the negativity aimed towards him. There is a difference.

    April 25, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  14. The Match-up

    Obama/Biden against McCain/Clinton in the November.

    April 25, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  15. Jay

    The Hillary campaign is still IN DEBT. Obama is making money. They key point here is that Obama is able to fund both his campaign and the DNC, while Hillary is not even able to fund herself. Speaking neutrally, Hillary is unable to contribute to the Democratic Party and this is a good move from the Obama campaign.

    In the end, we are fighting for the nomination of the Democratic Party, not the nomination of the Hillary or Obama popularity election...

    April 25, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  16. KA, Canada

    Go Hill.

    I like your idea that 50% of voters will not vote for Obama, By my math, there are about 40% of Clinton Supporters who will NOT support Obama. That means that approximately 16% of voters will not vote for Obama. maybe you should get some more education.

    April 25, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  17. Sandi

    Let's be sure we don't just register them, but get folks to the polls. The youth vote is being touted as critical but doesn't have the best record of actually showing up and voting....we need follow through!

    April 25, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  18. How Arrogant

    Obama must know something the rest of us don't know if he is so sure he is going to get the nomination. The Obama supporters keep yelping that Hillary will steal the election somehow, well it just might be that Obama is doing back door manuvering to get the nomination since he seems so confident.

    I hear Hamas wants him to win – what does that tell America????

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

    This middle-aged white woman thinks the 50 state registration is a terrific idea!! Jan in Boca–what a racist remark!! You are obviously a Billary supporter who's getting nervous about Obama's presumtive nomination. SHAME!!!! The registration plan can is a fabulous way to be sure everyone's voice is heard. Let's bring in more young people, more folks who've never voted before, those who wish to change party and join the Democrats as we take back the White House.

    Hey, why didn't Hillary think of this? Oh, that's right, it would be taking the high road and we all know that she doesn't have a map for that route!

    April 25, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  20. hello

    Who ever writes in this tickers has computer to write but Hillary is supported by people who are poor and w/ this 8 years of this admin. they are in majority.

    April 25, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. Republican Hillary

    Is Hillary a Republican? I'm serious, she's acting like one, complete with the Rovian playbook.

    April 25, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  22. windrider

    jj sez: If someone donates 2300, half of that is suppose to only be for the general isn't it??????"

    NO! Individual donors are limited to $2300 for the primary and $2300 for the general election. McCain already spent his primary money. He's got lots left over but he can't spend it until after the GOP convention. Clinton was $10+ million in debt at the end of March; the donations she got right after the PA election will barely pay off her debt AND she has tapped out almost all her major donors. She's either got to mobilize a VERY large base of small online donors in a hurry or her wealthy donors will have to set up 527s which can advocate her issues but which cannot endorse her as a candidate...and she's got to do all that in the next 6 weeks to win enough states and elected delegates to be persuasive to the superdelegates.

    I do think it's interesting that DNC elites who've been joined at the hip with the Clintons for 16 years are not rushing to endorse her. Maybe they too are dreading the toxic campaign she will surely attract (and run) in the general. You may think she's been "fully vetted", but there's a lot of stuff she's been able to keep quiet, like her historical involvement with the Black Panthers and the self-avowed Communist law firm (Treuhaft). I'm sure this isn't all there is, but I'm betting the GOP knows more and we'll sure hear about it if she's awarded the nomination by superdelegates instead of the voters.

    April 25, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  23. Joseph in PA

    Sen. Obama = Leadership
    Sen. Obama = Vision
    Sen. Obama = Hope
    Sen. Obama = Inspiration
    Sen. Obama = Dialogue
    Sen. Obama = Dignity
    Sen. Obama = Integrity

    Sen Obama = What the country needs.

    Thank you Sen Clinton for your service to the country and your desire to serve us further as President, but that will not be necessary. God bless you and your campaign. You helped make Sen. Obama a stronger and tougher candidate. I know we all have you and your supporters on board now to help change the course of the last 8 years of tyranny and deception and greed for a few.

    Joseph in PA

    April 25, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  24. Robert in Toronto,ON

    This IS forward thinking. And I think the superdelegates will see this and know that Obama feels he is the candidate to do this. For the record, Clinton has also had her own talks so don't dismiss this as hmi being "arrogant"

    But it is him being more "realistic".

    By the way, CNN – please STOP putting on Lanny David. The guy is the WORST Clinton supporter outside of Kiki McLean.

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

    Obama is too too cocky....who does he think he is? He has not won...he will wind up with egg on his face....what an idiot!

    April 25, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
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