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. Observer

    Its over but Hillary has to balance her account and pay her bills so please send her lots of money so she can pay off her debt.

    After all she should not have to use any of her own money to continue a race that she can not win.

    April 25, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  2. Sad Jan

    Unfortunately for you Jan, the 50 State Campaign is for Americans. Take your racist views somewhere else.

    Obama 08

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

    Hillary can't help the DNC because she can hardly help her own financially troubled campaign. Yet, she would sure be screaminng for the DNC to help her were she to somehow steal this election. By the way Sharon in Mn, you better open your eyes. The damage to the democratic party has been done by Clinton's continual negativity and nasty campaign tactics.

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

    Would any of the clairvoyants on this board who can see that Obama is not electable in the GE to provide tonight's Mega millions numbers.

    Mccain is one Dole moment away frm not being elected himself.

    April 25, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. Ryan, Los Angeles

    Thank you for helping the party Mr. Obama.

    Obama OR Hillary '08!!

    April 25, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  6. PA voter

    That is the man. Let those fat cats of Hillary's know that we are not going to be led by the hook anymore. I want to be heard. It is time as a population to start sticking up for ourselves. Barack just keep praying and listening to your heart. You will be the next president.

    April 25, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  7. concern citizen

    Some of the responses suggest the DNC should go by the 50 state strategy and Obama is not doing so. Lets ask Hillary the reason she is telling the superdelegates she is more electable because she wins the big states. She has suggested in numerous occasions that small states don't matter. She also agreed to strip the delegates in MI and FL before she changed her mind. If 50 states are important, why is it that Hillary is not following that standard but Obama does. Just a thought.

    April 25, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  8. Jack, Michigan

    good management by the Obama campaign. Their ability to look ahead is why they have an insurmountable lead in elected delegates.

    April 25, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  9. Jeremy Sun

    Yeah go Obama. Chinese people are supporting you.

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

    another example of obama's arrogance. not so fast, now that rev. wright is back on the talk show circuit I'm sure there will be some more controversy coming obama's way.

    April 25, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  11. Pete

    Hillary had every concievable advantage in this primary. Name recognition, $$, endorsments. Most of us just can't stand her. Deal with it.

    Texans for Obama!

    April 25, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  12. Alberta

    California Voter- The only way BillHillary can win is she is selected instead of elected . I am sad to see race is alive and well in the good old USA!

    April 25, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  13. gary


    April 25, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  14. Edgar - Orlando, Florida

    Barak you are the future, but not yet, you should have learned from JFK, he waited for the right time before he came out.

    April 25, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  15. Alfredo and Diane

    I saw Alfredo's post on Huffington last night. He's not very smart.

    Diane, that thing
    "From the very start of this race there was something about him that I do not like nor do I trust"

    That's the color of his skin. You are a racist. His policies line up very close to Clinton's. Both agreed to the same rules regarding FL and MI.

    Only one changed her mind when it would suit her best. That is a lack of integrity.

    I want integrity in my President. You want white skin.

    April 25, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  16. Relle Boston

    Obama 08. He is the best fit for the country. We have real issues that need to be fixed by someone who is not out for self. He cares and it is sad to hear all of the negativity. If you are scared say you are scared. Scared of a black president who will actually do a great job. They are scared that he may actually be able to do what no other president has done and that is bringing the country together.

    April 25, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  17. Beverly

    California Voter April 25th, 2008 2:44 pm ET
    Isn't he being rather presumptive?

    No he isn't ,he is being prepared, since he knows he will have very little time after the convention thanks to Hillary.

    April 25, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  18. Vince

    So much ignorance in the first few posts on here. Please keep dumping your money down her hole of lies. All I ask is that since you have been believing her lies this long that you believe the biggest lie she will tell when she says she wants you to support Obama. Just be sure to do what she says then and keep sending in your contributions. We do not need a McBush presidency for 4 more years. And if you people think for one minute Hillary cares one bit about you think about this. She cannot be dillusional enough to think she is going to win this so...she wants one of two things. VP or....she wants McCain to win so she can say I told you so and get the nomination in 4 yrs. She is willing to risk your futures on her aspirations plain and simple. Please step back and look at things objectively becasue there is no way that you Hillary supporters can be that obtuse.

    April 25, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  19. Venus

    Way to go Obama!

    This race is over and has been for some time!

    Hillary is broke and behind in all numbers of ever catching up!

    It's great to see my rookie take on the Clintons!

    Can't imagine anyone who claims to be "Ready On Day 1" --– let a rookie run two laps around her!

    It's also great to see her get "bitter" each day as she "clings" to the throne that she thought she own!

    April 25, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  20. Obama all the way...

    That's right Barack!!!

    I live in NY and WHEN you get the nomination....I will support your movement!! I will volunteer to help with new voter registration!!!

    Because I believe in you...and change starts from the bottom up!! You can't do it alone....but we can do it!!

    YES WE CAN!!!!


    April 25, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  21. MovingOn

    loser says:
    Obama brushed 14 Million Hillary supporters off his shoulders when he so childishly brushed Hillary off his shoulders.

    I believe if you cannot read the full context of his statement where he said he was brushing off the negative comments that come along with campaigning, perhaps you shouldn't spew your skewed comments here.

    This is part of the problem with this campaign people are so attached to their politician they exaggerate statements and sound bites to make the other guy/gal look bad. This just serves to make people even more spiteful. The democrats are throwing away the silver platter this presidency was handed to them on, for shame.

    April 25, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  22. Allen Friedman--- Henderson, Nevada

    This country will remain ignorant as long as we have people that will always bring color of skin into a debate as to how to choose a president. As my friend Forrest Gump used to say " stupid is as stupid does"

    April 25, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  23. mike

    Great ...

    Obama 08

    April 25, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  24. Michael

    it is hard for me not to laugh at all those who think clinton is going to win the nomination.. You are all hoping for super delegates to overturn the peoples vote? What does that make you? Fascists? Obama will win by 10-15% in North Carolina and probably win Indiana also. So then where is clinton? she just lost the last 2 "big" states left. I mean do you really believe your own rhetoric?

    April 25, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  25. Jim T

    the obama camp has every right to get ready for the general election, BILLARY CANNOT WIN IN ANY WAY SHE CAN, she screwed her campaign in any and every way possible, what a disgrace she turned out to be

    April 25, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
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