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. Sharon Is An Idiot

    Sharon from Minnesota,

    You are an idiot.

    April 25, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  2. Tyrone Brown, Seattle, WA

    The Democratic Party needs this forward momentum. I think that it is a brilliant move to begin a joint-fundraising and voter registration effort with the DNC. We will have a nominee very soon, but now the focus needs to be on the real problems – McCain and the Republican machine.

    Forward, forward, forward to November.

    Tyrone Brown
    Seattle, WA

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

    Arrogant isn't he or his team. Maybe he thinks he's BUYING the DNC?? If he does, I'm voting for McCain

    April 25, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  4. Mike, Indianapolis IN


    Hillary can't seem to manage the meager bucks she's getting from all the bitter old cat food chomping old biddies who give to her. She runs through that money like Mark Penn through doughnuts.

    Why is it she wants little old ladies to "give" to her campaign, yet she's only willing to lend to it???

    April 25, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  5. lucyna, Seattle

    Hillary wil bury anybody alive to be nominated. I she will not be, then she will work behind the scens to make Obama lose the election. I am surprised the her supporters are so nerrow-minded and don't see for who she realy is.

    April 25, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  6. Felix

    That is a great strategic move. We have to start to plan our strategy against McCane. Oh, is that not how it is spelled?

    April 25, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  7. Why not?????

    He started running for president before he had time to arrange his Senate office. Wonder how dusty it is with the lack of attention to any of the details of a Senator. Oh, thats right, he isn't much for details and misplaces or loses things.

    April 25, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |

    This is just another cocky move by senator OBAMA! He doesnt have this election wrapped up he should focus on actually winning before this even starts. Clinton is more electable.

    Clinton or Mcain 08

    I might add im a far right wing republican really considering my options.

    April 25, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  9. Ratgurl

    When Obama is declared the nominee, I will give as much as I can to the DNC to push him through the election. If he's not, Hillary can fund her own race.

    April 25, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  10. Greggort

    It Obama! Who else. It is a time for real change .. not lip service.

    April 25, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  11. Jake, California

    Hillary folks will only say hateful things against this because their 'smart lady' didn't think of it at first....I bet she's going to start doing the same thing and claim she started it...watch out!

    April 25, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  12. gary


    April 25, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  13. Joint Ticket

    Hopefully you all see that we are getting ready for a joint ticket. Now I HATE Hillary as much as any American can, but if she has to be on our ticket I will have to deal with that. We do not have to like each other we just need to win.

    PS. All racist people do the WORLD a favor and just die!!!

    Obama 08

    April 25, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  14. Alberta

    Vote for McCain and continue 4 more years of Bush Adminstration. Sorry SBvoter!

    April 25, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  15. Tired of all this flap

    Hi Folks. I must respond to Sharon, Minnesota, the first comment on this blog even if she/he doesn't get to read my message. How stupid can you get? Answer this question, how did Obama mess up this political campaign for you all Americans that think Hillary Clinton deserves this election? Be for real, we live in a democracy, not Whiteville. I think an African-American, not deserves, but to compete in this democracy of the US whether it is for President of the United States or as Dogcatcher. Get a grip and open up your minds and move out your racist box honey. Thank you and have a great day.

    April 25, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  16. Dumpster Dive

    While the inauguration is taking place to swear Obama in as our next president, Hillary will be campaigning in a dumpster. She's campaigning for 2012 anyway, so what difference does it make.

    Obama 08

    April 25, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  17. lynn

    Clinton can't raise enough money to run her own campaign so what good woyuld offering to help the DNC do?

    Jan from Florida: Typical white, racist, female Clinton supporter; it ios time America gets beyond the gate of the past!!

    Obama 08

    April 25, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  18. CF

    You people that think Hillary will get the nomination are delusional. There is no mathematical way that she can get more delegates, and there is no way the superdelegates will overturn the result. Give it up already. Why isn't anybody pushing her out the door?

    April 25, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  19. Zachary

    I never knew there were so many racist people who read the New York Times. Diane says that she will not support him and she doesn't know why, but it's something... just come out and say it. I have more respect for overt racists than closet ones like you.

    April 25, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  20. JK

    Jan, its people like you who go to church on sunday and think Jesus was white too. He was Jewish and you probably would not have voted for him either. Sad to continue to live in this type of ignorance.

    April 25, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  21. Boomer

    I can't believe how many people are totally irrational! It's like you are living in a world of fear and superstition! I am a Democrat. I prefer Obama, although I like Clinton too and I was origianlly for her. If she wins the nomination I will support her and vote for her and work for her election. Her policies and Obama's are very very similar. How people say that, if Obama wins (or Hillary), they will vote for McCain is totally incomprehensible to me! Grow up, people! Also, some people seem to be voting on vague feelings of dislike which I suspect, in some cases, is really just racial or gender bias. Again, grow up! I would support either candidate against McCain. WHO IS WITH ME ON THIS???

    April 25, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  22. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    That's what I call "TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS". Democrats for Obama.

    April 25, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  23. jennyd

    Good for you, Obama. You're showing great leadership!!!

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

    What do you mean Sharon? Clinton is a stastical improbability at this point.

    April 25, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  25. OR for Obama

    Hey Diane...48 states managed to follow the rules! It's so simple, Laws and rules are made not so Hillary can try to change them for her benifit. Everyone with an ounce of sense would know that if the tides were turned and Obama was behind and complaining, Hillary would be calling him out as whinny and would uphold the laws set forth by the DNC. She is a hipocrite, and who needs that in the white house. I hope america gets serious and checks into her as a person...not very nice I hear.

    April 25, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
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