June 17th, 2008
04:10 PM ET
7 years ago

Pro-Obama groups defy senator's wishes

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(CNN)— Pro-Obama groups are ignoring calls by the Illinois senator for independent groups to direct their resources to the national party and his campaign instead of acting independently on his behalf, planning a massive operation aimed at boosting Democratic turnout in November.

PowerPAC.org Chairman Steve Phillips wrote in a Huffington Post piece Tuesday that progressive groups expect to raise $100 million to further mobilize voters this cycle, including a $10 million voter drive targeting black voters in states like Virginia, North Carolina, Mississippi and Georgia – all states that typically support Republican presidential candidates that the Obama campaign thinks he can win this fall.

“Contrary to earlier reports about the demise of independent efforts this cycle, the work in 2008 will be robust, vibrant, and more coordinated than ever before,” Phillips says.

His group plans to combine efforts with other grassroots organizations like the NAACP and National Coalition on Black Civic Participation to increase minority turnout, and coordinate with the America Votes coalition, which includes than 30 major progressive groups representing millions of members nationwide.

Earlier this year, Obama asked independent groups to direct their resources to the Democratic National Committee and his own campaign rather than run ads on his behalf. But unions and other progressive groups have traditionally taken the lead in get out the vote operations of the kind Phillip described in his piece Tuesday.

Phillips predicted the groups would spend at least $100 million on their efforts.


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soundoff (207 Responses)
  1. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Understandably, the Dems wouold prefer to have control over how the support for Obama money is spent. That is, to avoid controversial advertisements.

    But he should leave the "get out the vote" efforts to local groups whose common interests, backgrounds and friendships can do more to ensure his election in November.

    June 17, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  2. sheribaby

    Carmella Goodall, great post!

    June 17, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  3. Justin Case

    There is no way America will elect Barack Hussain Obana a liberal radical Muslim to be the leader of this country.

    June 17, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  4. Cory in Little Rock

    Obama simply knows that his supporters do cause negativity in his campaign.

    He knows that he will be the "horse" that everybody left of the "status quo" will jump on to get thier agenda into the White House... even if he doesn't agree with thier agenda.

    He realizes that the top 5% of America RUNS AMERICA.

    He want's us "common folk" to stop fighting over crumbs and UNITE!

    Policy has got to change. Almost everybody I personally "know" is feeling the effects of the past 8 years.

    June 17, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  5. Iam4mycountry/Washington

    i still see that there are some children blogging. Quite with the Obama's middle name already. It is really getting boring. We all have people we do not like. That does not mean we do not like anybody with the same name. GROW UP!! I am beginning to believe that some of these people just typed a comment once and have been pasting (or copying it) to each new blog

    June 17, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  6. William, from Cali!

    Unified party!....................................................yeah! right...........................The rest of the World is watching, so are Our enemies.........................This party has "internal" problems! The World awaits 1/20/2009............. Hurry up!

    June 17, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  7. Cory in Little Rock

    And "anti-Obama" folk need to make up their minds... Do they want his supporters to do as he asks?... or have free speech?

    Make up your minds!

    June 17, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
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