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. Th3rdpwr

    It's really disturbing readingHillary supporters bashing Obama for anything they can find. Hillary can lie about major political episodes in her life; flipflop on NAFTA, Florida/Michigan primary involvement; see her representatives attempt to fashion economic deals with foreign countries; mismanage the money in her campaign, and this is just scratching the surface (the Republican machine will be utilizing Hillary's entire 35 years of "experience"). But, what do her supporters concern themselves with; Obama LISTENING to church sermons (none of them racist; just indelicate and a little unpatriotic); his TRUTHFUL, if blunt, comments concerning the bitterness of people during hardship, and other vagueries too numerous to mention (let's try); he's an elitist(?), he doesn't garner ENOUGH of the white vote, he's got too big a war chest, he's unpatriotic, he doesn't have the experience, he can't be trusted(and Hillary can!?), etc., etc.
    I'm afraid that many of these supporters sound like they looking for any excuse that allows them to vote against the Black candidate, thus excusing themselves from believing they are bigoted. NC Senator Jesse Helms used these tactics to great effect. There are many whites who will never vote for a Black, and certainly not to this country's highest seat of power. These people will latch on to any and all reasons available.

    April 25, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. Diane

    Will not be supporting Hillary Clinton if she should become the nominee. From the very start of this race there was something about her that I do not like nor do I trust. She has yet to prove herself to people like myself, she has no substance and is all talk. The fact the the DNC has yet to make a decision regarding FL and MI is very disturbing and the party leaders are flawed in their judgement. The country is based on fifty states and the process and the nominee should come from the voices of all fifty states. Nothing else is acceptable.

    April 25, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. Cris Lubbock,TX

    good job Obama!! Lets Just ignore hillary and maybe she will go away!! I cant believe the crazy Clinton supporters who say Obama is not electable but Hillary is. I have two describing words for Hillary
    1) Liar
    2) Rhymes with Itch

    April 25, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  4. Ikenna

    The Best POlitical Team on the Campaign

    April 25, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  5. MARK

    Sharon / Eric / Diane / Kathy / Fred / Alfredo / Loser / SBvoter / Jan,

    As an independant, but mostly progressive leaning person, I have to tell you guys it's very disappointing to hear the way you are speaking. Listen, up until recently (after Super-Tuesday), Hillary ran a good, above-board campaign. I give her credit that she didn't resort to the "personality-destruction" polities of the Republicans. But, just be realistic Democrats, someone wins and someone loses........and by all measures, Obama has done a better job of convincing the broad spectrum of voters (not just democrats) that he MIGHT be able to get things done in Washington which is totally off track.

    I would ask you to really look into your hearts........remove the biases put there by nastly, low campainging, and make the right decision.........FOR THE COUNTRY........NOT JUST FOR YOUR EGOS.


    Please consider........seriously.

    April 25, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  6. 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 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  7. stoneman

    Great move by a thoughtful, insightful, and brilliant president to be. Obama will once again make this country proud and we have that power to make it happend. As he once said, "We are what we've been waiting for"...

    Hilliary needs to step aside and support BO... Its about time Democrat sstart working to defeat the likes of McClain'and the Reps who are going to give us more of the same...

    More importantly, I beleive most of the skeptics do know the inevitable i.e. BO is going to be our next president. So lets quit kidding ourselves and give this guy a chance... He just might be what you've been waiting for...

    GO OBAMA!!!

    April 25, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  8. Cris Lubbock,TX

    good job Obama!! Lets Just ignore hillary and maybe she will go away!! I cant believe the crazy Clinton supporters who say Obama is not electable but Hillary is. I have two describing words for Hillary
    1) Liar
    2) Rhymes with Itch

    April 25, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  9. Independent-woman-voter-for-Obama

    The DAMAGE, Sharon, has been done by the Clintons. From the start they set out to destroy a good man. If they can't win, they will then destroy him so he can't win. Then Billary, will run in 2012.

    The thing that Clinton supporters forget is that she is strongly disliked by 58% of the general public.

    Come on Sen. Obama stick to your message, take the high road, keep the hope alive! Lord, knows we need CHANGE!

    April 25, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  10. Sunshine AC

    It is so good to see that there is who leads with a clear head.

    I am not certain how those who support Hillary can say that if she does not will the nomination that they will support McCain...especially when their views are so different...THAT IS SCARY!!!

    It causes one to think if they themselves value sound judgement. How can you support someone who's view vastly differ that of your original choice and forgoe one who's view are closest in similarity to your oriiginal choice. It just sound outright stupid, vindictive and full of malice to me...

    I am strong Obama supporter, but you had better know that if he doesn't will the nomination my vote will remain with my Party and I will be a Clinton support just as strongly!!!

    April 25, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  11. Jimmy Comerford

    Barak Obama has the people's interest in mind. This is why his support base is so huge and why he's winning. Hilary wouldn't even been elected a Senator if she wasn't the wife of a former president. A large portion of her vote base is due to the familiarity with Bill Clinton and not for what she accomplished.

    Let's finish all of the primaries and count all of the delegates and see who has the most. If Barack is still ahead and gets the 2050 total he needs, then he wins. Then we'll all deal with getting through the Presidential election next.

    He's very electable or he wouln't be winning. Go Barack!

    April 25, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  12. Mike

    This is why you are getting beat down the home stretch... Obama you think that you have this thing won... this kind of behavior or arrogance is what fuels Clinton's support...

    Obama you need to focus on Clinton and winning the primary... then turn your attention to the GOP and McCain... if not you will end up getting the nomination taken from you!!!

    April 25, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  13. FB

    Obama might as well look towards the general election. The primaries should have been over with right after Hillary "won" Ohio and Texas. (not sure how you can call Texas a win when you come out with less delegates). Even though she won those states she did not make a significant dent in Obama's delegate lead. PA was a joke. Hillary's "huge 10%" win netted her a hand full of delegates. Prior to PA Obama's delegate lead was 140, today his lead is 135. Again, that’s hardly a significant dent.
    She is now just pushing a bunch false hopes on the voters, when she should be doing the DMC a favor and working to unite the party. There is not chance of her catching up to Obama in delegates

    April 25, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  14. Alberta

    Is the reason Hillary think she is entitled to be presidet is because she stuck with Bill durning his impeachment. Or is it becaues she dodged bullets in Bosnia. Hmmmmm!

    April 25, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  15. David Okafor

    jj, the maximum amount allow for primary is $2300 and $2300 for general so stop spreading lies about Obama spending his primary and general election money when he spends only $2300


    An African for Obama

    April 25, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  16. Obama? No!

    Come on!

    Definitely I wont vote for Obama forever! If not Hillary, Then McCain!

    No Obama forever!

    April 25, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  17. Paulinus, Canada

    Racism is still rampant in America and maybe the dominant faction should rule.

    April 25, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  18. Greg, Annapolis, MD

    Yes, sometimes when you've got a gnat flying around your face, you have to just move forward and go about the rest of your day! Brilliant move on Obama's part. This Primary season is over. Obama is the nominee. Time to move forward and get ready to take on old man McCain! There are just 269 days until Obama is sworn in as President of the United States and can start to fix ALL that 'lil Bush has broken.
    Obama '08!!!!!!!

    April 25, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  19. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    A vote for Hillary is a vote for McCain. McCain, Limbaugh, Rove,
    Hannity, do not want Obama to win. All the news is out about
    Obama! Hillary and Bill's past has many questionable criminal
    activities and the Repuplicans cannot wait to Play Hillary's own
    game on her. A Debate? Hillary, A Debate? You like debates, right?
    Wait til the Reps get a hold of you. They want you! Just a sample,
    Google Clintons! What a mess? and What a joke. The Dems are
    going to screw it up again.

    April 25, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  20. Pennsylvania

    Poor Democrats, your party just can't decide on which contestant shall win the prize, and you won't count your parties votes in 2 states! The DNC is in worse shape than their candidates, and waffles just as much on the real issues. A vote for Hillary is a vote for BILLary, he won't be able to sit back out of the limelight! And a vote for Obama is a vote for a great speaker without out a real plan. And, don't forget how fast they both will leave America in global shame as they hurry out of IRAQ since their simpleton 'plan' to fix that situation is to run away. Another 'runaway' like Vietnam? This whole situation could be a Monty Python movie!

    My vote will be for McCain, and I know many Democrats who will be crossing party lines come November '08.

    April 25, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  21. SGS



    April 25, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  22. James

    The Patriot
    Very well said. Wake up people.

    She is not broke by the way as she raised 10 million in 24 hours after PA's decisive victory. And still raking in the money but not from the billionaire backers of Obama who are using every loop hole they can find to fund him.

    There needs to be a thorough investigation of his contributions.

    April 25, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  23. justcantvoteforablackman

    It's HILLARIous how her supporters blame Obama for Michigan and Florida, even to this day! As if he had something to do with disenfranchising the voters in those states, WHEN ALL THE CANDIDATES AGREED beforehand that those votes would not count as penalty for holding early primaries. Hillary tried to be slick by trying to break those rules and now has the audacity to try to claim victory in those states and place blame on Obama for not having the votes counted. If she is so "experienced" then she should have also had the foresight as a "leader" to stand up for the voters in those states prior to them voting. Clinton supporters, go back and look at the tape. She even said the votes wouldn't count a long time ago. Do not let her brainwash you, she keeps trying to reverse the rules she agreed to.

    April 25, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  24. Brian

    NBC News has learned that a major fundraiser for Hillary Clinton, former Amb. to Chile Gabriel Guerra-Mondragon is leaving the campaign to join up Barack Obama's campaign. Officially dubbed a "Hillraiser," Guerra-Mondragon raised nearly $500,000 for Clinton's campaign, according to some estimates. He has been informing people inside Clintonworld this week in what's been described as some tough conversations. A formal announcement of a role for Guerra-Mondragon on Obama's national finance committee will be made next week.

    April 25, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  25. Anna

    Why are people still talking about MI and FL? How is it that 48 states went by the rules and these 2 didn't? I hope the govenors and head honchos in those states realize the damage they have done.

    Great Move from Obama. How can people say they trust Hillary when we have soliders fighting for us and she was over here lying CONSTANTLY about being under sniper fire. She knew better and knew that they would sniff that out STUPID move for someone with all of this EXPERIENCE. OH and how can she use Bill's time as president as hers too but only claims the "good" things done? Come on now Hillary?!!

    April 25, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
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