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. Nicole in NE

    The DNC stole the election, stole the election....

    I voted in my caucus, but my vote doesn't count towards the popular vote, does it – according to you? Why are you people still going on and on about this? If EVERY vote counts, nothing was stolen.

    It's time to move on and take our country back!
    If Obama and Hillary can unite, why can't you?

    There has been negativity from BOTH sides and if that is what you are basing your vote on, then it's sad. Think for yourself and don't give your power away to someone who gets you upset.

    DEMOCRATS!

    June 17, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  2. BREAKING NEWS:

    In this case rules are meant to be BROKEN. I appreciate the efforts of these groups and its a win-win for Sen. Obama's campaign.

    Sometimes you have to go in the back door to get in the HOUSE.

    June 17, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  3. Gwen NC

    It is so sad that our elections are bought and sold and that this candidate will possibly loft into office on the wings of racism.

    June 17, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  4. Independent

    This election is bigger than Obama. He does his part and the rest of us will do our part. God knows we cannot afford another republican running the economy or the Iraq situation.

    June 17, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  5. capitalist

    obama is a communist....

    anyone but obama in 08..

    June 17, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  6. Bob

    Obama did not defeat the Clintons! The Media, DNC, Black Racists and Sexist pigs did that for him!

    June 17, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  7. Alice

    what a stupid headline . . .

    June 17, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. Nancy

    For those of us who have maxed out in our donations to Senator Obama, this is one way we can direct our money to the ideas we care most about. I also give to the DNC, but I'm an avid Move-On contributor as well!

    June 17, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  9. james

    CLINTON SUPPORTERS NEED TO UNITE AND NEVER FORGET WHAT REALLY HAPPENED. THE THUGS AND THE BULLIES PLAYED DIRTY AND LIKE PRIMATES IN HEAT.

    THIS INDEPENDENT WILL IS WORKING HARD TO ELECT MCCAIN TO DEMONSTRATE MY STANCE AGAINST OBAMA AND HIS FOLLOWERS.

    HILLARY SUPPORTERS – DON'T WAIVER, YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED IN THE CAUCUSES AND OBAMA GIVING HER THE FINGER. NEVER OBAMA.

    UNITE FOR MCCAIN '08 FOR CLINTON '12

    June 17, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  10. ProundToBeADemocrat

    Sweet this year is ours Democrats let's come together and celebrate.

    June 17, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  11. allen

    Even his own supporters don't listen to or follow him. How do you expect him to lead the free world? His canidacy is laughable.....

    June 17, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  12. BROOKLYN

    And... He PREACHED about not standing for "POLITICS as USUAL"???

    And... What is he doing now????

    More lies just to win, and we bought it...

    June 17, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  13. Phil, FL

    I really can't stand mcWarMonger. He'll have us in Iran and all the other countries over there. An ineffective pilot that got shot down, and now wants to slide thru the rest of his life on something that happened 50 years ago. VietNamese call him "Songbird".

    HA

    June 17, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  14. Larry Sinclair

    I miss you Obama!

    June 17, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  15. Jason

    Yeah... whatever Obama says is what I think.

    June 17, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  16. Eli

    I think if O wants to be the big man he would come out against these groups. he should especially speak up about them going after people just because of their race. OH I FORGOT THATS WHAT ALL OF THIS HAS BEEN ABOUT. Let the DNC go broke, I've been sending back the mail from them for some time now and I can proudly say Ive cancelled my TIMES subscription due to have they all have pushed O on us. Folks that toilet is about to flush and I can not wait for them all to go down.

    June 17, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  17. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    Difference btw Bush and Obama is that Obama seemingly wishes to hear things out and not just go willy nilly on everything.

    But that's just my observation as we consider the war in Iraq, the No Child Left Behind, Social Security changes, etx/

    June 17, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  18. Enlightened Voter

    Besides the republicans, gwb and now mcwar I know why this country is so screwed up – reading bloggers messages like you guys. Get your head examined people. How can anyone support mcwar and still have a conscience.
    BTW i used to donate solely to Obama but since he put an end to the DNC taking pac and lobbyist monies I have started supporting them also. And they did not steal the election from your queen, she just ran a lousy campaign and she has more skeletons in her closet than you guys realize. Why do you think so many turned away from her? Also, Obama got over 18 million votes, just imagine if all the people in MI and FL actually came out and voted?

    June 17, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  19. Denise P Quinton

    NObama for me either, never would a cast a vote for this unfit, inexperienced candidate. All all your HILLARY bashers, she won the majority of the American vote, so maybe you think delegates lead this country but our constitution declared long ago this is a nation made up of the people, by the people, for the people......OBAMA never won, HILLARY DID so all you supporters in dreamland, wake up and smell the roses! And he will never win over the voters who despise his unethical leadership! MCCAIN 08

    June 17, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  20. Jodi

    FACT: Ronald Reagan had less political experience than Barack Obama. He did not seem to wreck the country. If inexperience is your platform you have nothing to stand on. OH!! or does it only matter when the candidate is a democrat???

    June 17, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  21. BROOKLYN

    Swiftboats?
    Obama is NOT the first black candidate... He is HALF black and our thirteenth President, Calvin Coolidge was actually part black as well... GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT PEOPLE...

    June 17, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  22. Lisa CA

    What's wrong??? I thought he had control of the party and all the Dem's were on board. Looks like he really does need to get some leadership lessons!!

    June 17, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  23. Jac

    In response to Jen B...I'm not sure if it was stolen from Hillary and I'm not about to question motives but these are facts....Hillary has more experience and toward the end of the race when she was racking up big wins in swing states with groups Obama has no chance with, instead of trying to anaylize the facts, delegates the next day ignored her victories and still flocked to Obama...if all her "supporters" and the "superdelagates" would have done what they are intended to do, and if Florida and Michigan were completely seated-we all know Hillary would probably be the nominee! Again, I'm not saying it was stolen-but can you explain why these things happened?

    June 17, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  24. Tobias

    Obama still remains unqualified to be president and he is unelectable. He doesn't have enough money to buy my vote. McCain gets it free and clear.

    PUMA POWER!

    June 17, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  25. Marlie:

    I think the funds are better off in Obama's capable hands and the DNC. However, the article could have been written better to make it more understandable.

    June 17, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
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