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. Democrat in 08!

    The DNC did not steal the election from Hillary to give it to Obama. Are you serious have you people even met the clintons? They are the establishment why would they do any favors for Obama. Give me a break people. I will not feel sorry for the Clintons. I will not feel sorry for someone who help lead the preception that Obama does not deserve the nomination. I will not feel sorry for people who attack Obama use the race card and than turn around and blame him for peoples anger. I will not feel sorry for her RFK comments and than have her turn around and blame Obama and the media. Am tired of feeling sorry for people who don't deserve it because if you haven't notice they are off on vacation caring very little about you and your problems. So enough with the guilt attempts here yes she got 18 million votes but so did Obama. Stop making it seem like this man didn't work his heart out to win this nomination fair and square. The DNC decision is base on the rules that Hillary herself was in favor of until it didn't benefit her. She herself with her own words threw those votes out the window when she said it wouldn't count. So if you want Hillary to win in 2012 I suggest you start thinking about getting some of the key voters like the African American community that she herself alienated. Because whether you like it or not their votes count to. I don't know how they you guys are planning on getting her elected in 2012 when key voters don't like her. More likely than not someone else will win the nomination and than you can start again with the sexist unfair media crap!

    June 17, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. meg N.

    it's great that they are making an effort to get all the new voters out there and minorties do need to be educated on whats going on, but i think that obama has a right to approve what is put out there. the republicans will disect anything even if its positive and try to make it seem bad. leave the ads to the obama camp.
    He knows what he is talking about. He hasn't gotten this far on experience(as the GOP has said) so i would think knowledge and judgement should count for something.
    Listen to our new President!

    June 17, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  3. Chelsea Clinton

    I want to thank all those wonderful people who supported my Mum. You were very kind and generous.Big thank you to you all folks. Now she is out, i think she and Sen Obama differed just on small issues compared to the gulf between her and Sen McCain on the issues. So I will urge all my friends and her supporters to stop any insinuation of voting for Sen McCain .It will do the course for which my Mum fought for more harm.

    Thank you.
    Chelsea's spokesman

    June 17, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  4. Marc PDX

    @Rachel: Please don't tell me that you're already positioning things so that Obama gets credit for all that is good and it's someone else's fault for "the other stuff"! Actually, this is exactly what I expect. If he is your democratic leader don't you think "the buck stops here" for leading the democratic party – for better or worse?

    If he's elected president will everything bad be the republicans fault and all that is good be Obama's? (Don't answer. I already know what the answer is.)

    NObama N'08

    June 17, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  5. cb

    um, in case you haven't checked the polls, read up on the news, and figured out by now that the democratic party is split, this election is definitely not going to be a landslide.

    obama will be lucky if he wins.

    June 17, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  6. boered1

    the constant crying by those posing as hillary supporters, and hillary supporters who just cannot face reality (is that redundant??) is really starting to get boring, yes we know your candidate lost and you are not adult enough to move on, we get that, but is there some reason why you must post on EVERY BLOG saying your panties are in awad and you just do not understand how intelligent people vote? Now to respond to the post

    I would personally rather that the private groups did NOT support the DNC, by staying as separate groups from the DNC and by Obama being able to say he asked them not to, and he did, and truthfully mean he does not want them to make the statements they do and he does NOT support them, he allows those of us who do not mind fighting the RNC smear and attack machine (weapons courtesy of the liar hillary) in the mud where they live, just like we told the turth about hillaries lies, and pointed out her flip flops and race and gender cards without the support or sanction by Obama during the primary we are free to do the same during the general. We can put an honest, good man with ideas and IDEALS in office even if we have to sully OUR hands so he will not have to be sullied. Moronic Clintonistas you and the McCants will NOT be allowed to smear this good man without paying the price!

    June 17, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  7. Joe Six

    This is Obama playing good cop, bad cop. The independent groups produce attack ads and Obama stays above it all. If McCain or Republicans complain, Obama denies. If McCain replies with an attack ad, Obama talks about the same old Washington. Who is fooled by this, except the people? It is gonna be ugly in the fall.

    June 17, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  8. CLINTON 08 VP

    "Hillary Clinton" I DON'T THINK PEOPLE SUPPORT POLITICIANS JUST TO SOLVE THEIR PROBLEMS, IF YOU ARE IN A SOCIETY YOU SHOULD BE AWARE OF WHO WILL BECOME YOUR GOVERNORS IF YOU CARE ABOUT YOUR COUNTRY, SO *YOU* SHOULD GET SOME "PROFESSIONAL HELP" AND AN IDENTITY OF YOUR OWN, AND DON'T WORRY ABOUT CLINTON SUPPORTERS NOW SUPPORTING MCCAIN, THEY ARE THE MINORITY AND WILL BE LESS ONCE THEY UNDERTAND VOTING FOR MCCAIN STANDS FOR "BUSH II"

    June 17, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. ab

    I think that the problem is that Obama and McCain are way too much to the extremes on the opposite sides.
    We do need middle golden way, the security, the doability, the likeability to all, or at least the majority.
    SO, why not a third party? Something reasonable, sound, mature, for all?

    June 17, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  10. Kiah

    @MD it's people like you that make me pray hard every night. You are truly a sad person. The same DNC that HRC once agreed with betrayed her, yes that's EXACTLY what happened. Never mind the itty bitty irrelevant states that Barack Obama won to get the amount of DELEGATES needed to win the nomination, that I supposed was a mirage conjured up by the DNC as well. Please focus your pathetic efforts on fostering lies and get a clue!

    Anyway, Democrats should now be giving to the DNC and independent groups have the right to carry on their own agendas if they chose too. As long as they work in an effort in helping turn out higer voter percentages in November I could care less who they raise or give their money too.

    Quite frankly the more money they raise and spend the more the DNC and Obama can keep and use against McCain.

    Obama '08

    June 17, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  11. bob in L.A.

    While not infavor of free-wheeling organizartions personally, surely the liberal leader of the Democratic party can see that they have a free speech right to put up thier own ads!
    Yuo can't have it both ways Sen. Obama. Do you want free speech or to control the message?

    June 17, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  12. jojo

    WE THE WOMEN WILL NOT FORGET OBAMA STEALING THIS NOMINATION WITH SEXIST MEN AND NOT ALLOWING FLORIDA AND MICHIGAN TO VOTE AGAIN... MICHIGAN WILL STAND UP AND SO WILL FLORIDA AND VOTE MCCAIN OR STAY AT HOME......AS WILL I.
    NO OBAMA EVER EVER EVER HE IS NOTHING BUT A FRAUD A LIAR ..HIS WIFE IS WORSE.... THEY ARE BOTH ANTIAMERICANS/

    June 17, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  13. indianapolis

    Uncle Sam: what are you talking about? Did you read the piece or just the head line and rush to submit something "clever?" You're retarded even for a republican

    June 17, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  14. Larry Sinclair

    Drew – we'll talk more about that tomorrow at the NPC.

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

    more of Obama's political fixing – what he learned from corrupt Chicago politics.

    June 17, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  16. TO hungry hillary supporters

    correction specially to victor , you guys are just hungry ,Obama won fair and square, it time to move on...

    June 17, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  17. If not Hillary....then McCain

    Obama and the DNC want to hold the purse strings and be able to carry a large balance to show...see...look, no problems here with the campaign and DNC fundraising.

    Hey, did they come up with that $15 million they needed by yesterday for the convention?

    Another issue of control! He wants to control the WORLD people....WAKE UP!

    June 17, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  18. Jackie

    Your wrong the DNC was forced to make a decision by Pelosi to back the candidate she favored the most. The DNC did not want to take this to the Convention. The superdelegates pushed Obama to the finish line. How sad. This is what we are faced with now. The Supreme Court voted Bush in and the Superdelegates voted Obama in. It's sad.

    June 17, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  19. Bill From Florida

    Do Not believe for one moment that Obama is disapproving of
    this. They don't call him slick willy for nothing.

    June 17, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  20. DJ, LA, CA

    Registering to vote is the right of every U.S. citizen and one of our most basic rights.

    Most people....myself included were so disillusioned by politics that we never or rarely voted. So it's time to get people involved again after decades of Bush or Clinton family in the white house...technically going all the way back to 1980.

    June 17, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  21. A one-time Clinton Supporter

    Hey Brian of Knoxville TN, are u serious........ talking about a nut job.....Clinton supporters dont be fooled this isn't the answer!!!!!!!

    June 17, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  22. Independant Thinker

    Hey Ni

    How can you choose OBama if you vote on the issues? He has NEVER stated where he really stands on the issues, he only beats around the bush. All that he really offers is change. But a change to what? A change for better or worse? Change for change's sake is never good. What does he want to change? OBama has never stated what he wants to change. I do know that he wants to raise taxes on everyone. I do know that he stands for socialism. Those are 2 changes that I can do without.

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

    Just what we need–people unintelligent enough not to register to vote for years being galvanized to vote by liberals. That will sure raise the I.Q. of the average voter.

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

    yes everything was stolen from Clinton. Forget dems
    let vote for Mcain
    McCain 20008

    June 17, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  25. Dan from Indiana

    I see no problem with outside groups doing voter registration and get out the vote efforts. However, I beleive any advertising should be left to the Obama campaign to do as he sees fit and not undercut his message of change imho.

    June 17, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
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