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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  1. Susan, TX

    Jan from Boca Raton, Fl April 25th, 2008 2:47 pm ET

    This 50 state registration plan, is it for blacks or whites?

    Obama already has 99% of the black vote. The white voters have already made up their minds, MUST BE OBAMA IS GETTING NERVOUS>

    Jan, you have got to be kidding me with this statement! Obama has picked up African American, Whites, blue collars etc. voters.

    I'm white and my parents are in their late 70's we believe in Obama. He knows how to bring in new voters without regards to race, religion or age. Grow up!

    April 25, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  2. Carolyn

    This shows the DNC knows it's over for Hillary...you know they are talking to the superdelegates and it's a forgone conclusion Obama's the nominee.

    What's that silence?...oh yeah, no rush of superdelegates to Hillary following PA.

    April 25, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  3. The Patriot

    Very presumptive............you haven't won yet and God willing, you won't. You are an arrogant man, just like your followers, and yes I mean followers,,,,,,,,,,,,,,you are not a leader.

    Hillary or McCain 08

    April 25, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  4. wwf

    This is for all of the Clinton supporters. What happened to Hillary? She, as so did you, thought it would be a cake walk. You talk about something being wrong with Obama, but why can't the powerful Clintons, with the help of the Republicans, and everybody else put him away? If Hillary was ssssssooooooo well liked, Obama would have been out before it began. She underestimated her opponent. How? She is the experienced one, leastways that is what she is running on. Hum. Maybe I don't want a President who will underestimate anyone. Bush and company already did that.

    April 25, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. 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 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  6. justcantvoteforablackman

    You all who are saying you will vote for McCain if Hillary doesn't get the nomination, I have a simple question, Is it because you cannot see yourselves voting for a black man? Or is it a lack of understanding that you have about these candidates overall? What is it that McCain is offering to do for this country that you feel is so much better than what Obama would do? I was curious when I read the news reports that Obama's supporters tended to be well educated with degrees, etc.. and that Clinton supporters were "the blue collar worker". I thought it was odd that they would make such distinction. After reading some comments from Clinton supporters, I now know what they were talking about. Surely race HAS to be a factor here, because CLEARLY OBAMA is the MOST QUALIFIED of ALL THREE!

    April 25, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  7. Nelson - Knoxville

    A campain is making efforts to register more people to the party, having meetings to raise more money for the party, the other (out of desparation) is busy shouting about debate after 21 debates and 45 contests. Won't the party members and leaders shine their eyes and see the handwriting on the wall.
    Politics is a game of number and at this time the numbers are in Obama's side.

    April 25, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  8. tren

    great move:-)

    April 25, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  9. KG

    Wait until Obama (if he is the nomiee), comes to FLORIDA to try and persuade us to vote for him since he has stated that our votes don't count. He will be greeted with a rude awakening if he thinks that he will get our votes for the General election. GO HILLARY!!!!!!!!

    April 25, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  10. Adam in Kokomo, IN

    They truly are brilliant. They're just walking right past Hillary, as if she doesn't even exist. God, I love it!

    April 25, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  11. JFS


    April 25, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  12. WH

    First.........he feels we should consider all 50 states in the general election? Why should e do that when FL and MI votes should be forgetten in the primary?

    Second.............maybe it's just how the sarticle is worded but it seems like the DNC is broke so they are glad for the help from Obama. Does this mean financially? As in greasing the pockets to win the nomination?

    April 25, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. dAnnE

    Can we stop with the "cocky" "arrogant" comments. I don't understand where you are getting this from. Yes, I AM going to play the race card. Historically Black people who are confident, successful, intelligent, and educated have been called arrogant or uppity. I understand that many of you aren't racists, but your comments imply a lack of understanding.

    Please watch CNN's "Blacks in America" series with open minds because it is so much that you can't even begin to understand.

    I am a young voter (under 25) and I am forced to think about race on a daily basis.

    April 25, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  14. Seth (FL)

    Florida man here – happy to see Obama on his way to victory. What's sad is I would support a Democrat over John McCain any day of the week, so if Clinton did pick up the nomination, I would be upset that it was stolen from Obama, but I would eventually rally and support her....and there are many Clinton supporters who are stubbornly proclaiming they will support a Republican candidate if Clinton doesn't win the nomination. That is sad. How do you call yourself a true Democrat if you are willing to sell out on your party and support four more years of George Bush?

    April 25, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  15. Mohaed

    Thank you Mr. Obama, you are the most brave man on earth at the moment. God, the people and everything is at your back. go ahead. the world is for you. don't mine critics. you are the leader. Please know that, you mean so much to the world.

    may God bless you.

    April 25, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  16. justobserve

    "Hillraiser" has deserted Clinton to join Obama's fundraising. Clinton has lost since Super Tuesday, no further donation swindle from little people is needed to fund this losing battle for her own selfserving ambition. Obama should not waste more time to fight the loser. Obama, please choose a woman (not Clinton!) for your VP.

    April 25, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  17. KC

    Where in this article did you get that this man was spending his campaign money- are you reading-the same article. And Jan from Boca- your ignorance astounds me. last time i checked, there is more than one race in this country. and it is important that we get as many people registered as possible. Stop the Hate, your just mad the Hillary didn't sign up to do it first. She has the same opportunity to do the same thing. Since she still believes she has a chance to win she too should be participating in this voter registration drive. since if she does when it will benefit her as well

    April 25, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  18. AMP

    Sad...................the Dems have just lost the election in November! Next time, please properly vet "your" favored candidate BEFORE the primaries! The RNC and their minions are going to eat this guy alive! The democratic party was already on life support, and they stupidly walked into (and I have to give the RNC credit) a cleverly disguised TRAP! Rip the democratic party to shreds over nonsense in the primaries, play spoiler in the open contests, use the MSM like puppets, and then tear into the candidate the RNC wanted all along! If it wasn't for the Supreme Court Justices, I wouldn't vote democratic AT ALL, but after November, I'm officially declaring myself Independent! Disgusted of the DNC!!

    April 25, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  19. Voter4 Change

    Yes, CHANGE is the OPPOSITE of GREED It will benefit the DNC to stand UNITED in effort for peace in this DISASTER created by the "Clinton Dynasty"!!!!!!!!!!

    VOTES THAT VOTE OUT HILLARY will give us President Obama!

    Change equals harmony amongst the best in DNC and we need to VOTE for the better person!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    PEOPLE VOTE FOR OBAMA AND let the Clinton Dynasty be VOTED OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 25, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  20. Kentucky

    The sense of entitlement by the Obama people is amazing. He justs wants to be the nominee. I want a Democratic President. Clinton 08.

    April 25, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  21. Andrew

    I don't know how people can still be calling Obama unelectable, even Hillary responded Yes, Yes, Yes to when she was questioned as to weather he can beat McCain. And as history tells us the most appealing, and charasmatic nomonie usually wins elections. McCain vs Obama, please... McCains like 5'1, Obama's like 6'4 lol Obama good lookin, well spoken, and a hell of a lot younger. It will be like Kennedy vs Nixon!

    Obama 08'

    April 25, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  22. Sewra NYC

    That's right Obama! You have an election to win! You don't have time to bicker with Hillary and waste valuable time. she keeps focusing on the negative, and the American people are concerned with issues and not gossip! Proceed on with your campaign, because you have my vote!!

    April 25, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  23. Sharon

    He reminds me of the religious guys on TV Sunday mornings...with the big crowds around him, sending money, chanting, crying, doing what ever he says...very scary.....
    I am so sick of BO......so really sick.....he talks of bringing unity, yet calls the Clintons racists....says Hillary is the only one being negative, yet has bashed her over and over and over again in mean, personal ways (you're likable enough, Hillary...snubs her at the state of the union, calls her secretive, untrustworthy, divisive, status-quo, claims SHE'S unable to make changes in washington, ..etc...)....claims to be ready to be POTUS, yet two years ago said he couldn't run because.."I think you need to know what you're doing", and has done VERY little for Illinois.....can say things like "typical white person" and no one says a word.....says every voice should be heard, yet has his lawyers and lobbyist stop revotes in MI and FL (someone PLEASE tell me where in our Constitution does it say that any entity has the right to tell 2.5 million Americans that their votes don't count!)....can't debate well, so blames everyone else for his short-comings....constantly insults the ONLY SUCCESSFUL democratic president we've had in DECADES....gets 90% of the black vote, nothing is said, yet Hillary's white voters must be racist.....can say whatever he wants, the media will back him up with excuses.....media has week-long coverage of "black in America" and "Race and Politics" YET NOT ONE STORY ABOUT WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH IN MARCH and NEVER COVERAGE CALLED "GENDER AND POLITICS" or "WOMEN AND POLITICS"........


    April 25, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  24. Ronen Johnson

    If we dig deeper it comes down to the ever so subtle power struggle the Clinton's desperatley long to win. The question isn't, Did the Clinton's create new jobs in the 90's? it's, What kind of jobs were they, and would those jobs have any potential for upward mobility ? A job that has no potential equates to never being in control which I reguard as the Clinton's ultimate goal.....they just want control.

    Obama in 08 !!!

    April 25, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  25. Seattle Voter

    United States of America is promoting democracy around the world and yet you MORONS wants to stop the process now? Let them battle it out until no more money left. Voters know who they want to vote whether democrat or republican. They've been campaigning now for almost two years. Those undecided are clearly stupid! If you want to keep your home, afford grocery bills, afford health insurance and stop the raising cost of gasoline-then you vote who ever is best for the job!

    CNN please post this because I'm so FED UP with all the oxymorons out there!

    April 25, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
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