June 17th, 2008
04:10 PM ET
6 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 Knoxville, TN

    Oh no! Yet another Obamabot has weaseled off with my name—Brian Knoxville, TN—and has been using it to undermine my right to express myself fairly in our political system… oh no!

    Wait a minute…

    Now where could a little mindless Obamabot have learned a trick like that?

    Oh, that’s right. The Presumptuous Nominee formerly known as Obama Almighty taught him how to do it when he weaseled off with a nomination that he did not earn and does not deserve.

    Is this really the best way you can think of to silence me, Axelrod? Is this it, to instruct your Obamabot minions to use my name and say the exact opposite of what I know to be true about your sleazy, selected and unqualified wanna be presidential candidate? What, Axelrod, no threats to silence my voice the way you have threatened others? Now I really am disappointed in you…

    And I thought I was disappointed in you before, when you abused our democratic system in order to help Obama sleaze of with delegates from caucus states and then block the possibility for fair primaries in Michigan.

    So this is the best you got? Now I know it'll be easy to stop you.

    The Chosen One won’t win in November and solidify his hostile takeover of my party and the party of millions of true Democrats.

    Believe that.

    Count on it.

    Puma Democrat, true Democrat and future of the Democratic Party

    June 17, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  2. Gabrielle, Lancaster SC

    Oh and for the record, these groups have been mobilizing African Americans and other minorities to vote for years. This is nothing new!!! Don't make this a race issue because the NAACP and other groups do voter registration drives and all kinds of buses and vans to get people to vote. I volunteered with them even though this is the first election I am able to vote in.

    June 17, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  3. Crying wolf

    When will the cry-baby clinton supporters stop this hysteria and realize that their candidate lost only because of herself? nothing was stolen, nothing was unjust and we have picked the best person to lead us for the next 8 years. Grow up, stop the crying, stop the drama and VOTE OBAMA!!!!

    June 17, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. jan

    all you hillary people ..please remember when she want to run next time dont for get how you people treat barack ,, she will suffer just like what you people doing now to barack.. just keep this in mine.

    June 17, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. gene

    Gallup poll today. Obama 44 and McCain 42. He is still losing Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida and tied in Michigan. He will need all the help he can get. His campaign is saying they "hope" to offset these loses by victories in Georgia, Louisiana. Mississippi and Virginia. They are going to do this by registering more of the AA popluation in those states. The dominant political party in all of those states is the Republican party and there is not enough AA voters to offset the white Republican vote and the Democratic defections. They just got to be kidding! You Obama supporters that are still basing Hillary Clinton are going to need all of her voters and "bashing" is no way to win their hearts.

    June 17, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. Character Content Examination

    The other problem is that when Barry controls the DNC he also controls the funds for down-ticket candidates. So all you Dems are handing your local representation to Obama. If he doesn't like your guy, he can refuse DNC funds.

    Yeah! A new kind of Democratic party! Too bad it's just like the GOP now...

    June 17, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. Georgia for Obama

    I question the accuracy of this article because here in Georgia, we are going thru Obama's website to mobilize and campaign.

    Speaking of which, GEORGIA is definately behind Obama!! WE HAVE PEOPLE EVERYWHERE REGISTERING NEW VOTERS, DONATING MONEY, AND GETTING OBAMA'S MESSAGE OUT. PEOPLE HERE ARE ENERGIZED AND EXCITED ABOUT HEADING TO THE POLLS IN NOVEMBER.

    WE ARE READY!
    WE ARE READY!

    June 17, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. women in california for Hillary

    HILLARY 2012 AND NOBAMA

    June 17, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  9. Bob

    Hillary had run a republican campaign. No need to worry,what we had seen in the primary is easy to recognize in the general and reject even if there is spin and pr in it!!

    June 17, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  10. Dana

    I think these groups should focus their time on attacking misleading and negative Republican ads and highlight the negativity and refusal to focus on issues that will most likely define the Republican Campaign.

    I think the best message may be that Sen. McCain is a good man who used to be a warrior for change but was defeated by the special interest of Washington and the Neo-Cons of his own party. Let's not let them use Sen. McCain good name to hijack the White House again.

    June 17, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  11. CHAD

    As an independent Centrist I don't like either candidate. One is way far left and the other has W in his party . Neither will get my $$ and if I had a gun to my head, as of now, I would choose McCain. Where are you Michael Bloomberg?

    June 17, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  12. Dem

    Well said Brooklyn.
    So many bought into the lies.

    June 17, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  13. Uncle Sam

    So let me get this straight:

    If you're white and criticize Obama, you're a racist.
    If you're Jewish and criticize Obama, you're a Zionist traitor.
    If you're female and criticize Obama, you're a Clinton hater.
    If you're African-American and criticize Obama, you're an Uncle Tom.
    If you're Democrat and criticize Obama, you're a closet Republican.
    Anyone else who criticizes Obama is an uneducated illiterate.

    Given the rampant Obama mania, I sometimes feel like the one sane person in a mental hospital. And I'm beginning to have doubts about myself.

    June 17, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  14. smart teenage politics fanatic

    people,people,people- think logically ! i am mortified at hilary clinton supporters who will not vote for barack obama -they have 95 percent of the same policies! they both encouraged americans to get off their couchesa and be active politically. barack obama is the future of america and off the world . john mccains policy appeals to stupid people! hence barack obama having a wide college graduate support base. smart people know what is good for our country. so stop hatin all you'll – democrats unite and help president obama _ doesnt that sound so good!

    June 17, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  15. Chipster

    Senator Obama, I'm still waiting for the votes to be counted in MI & FL.

    Until they are, I will not pay dues to the DNC and I will not contribute to the DNC. The Party's financial health is entirely in its own hands. Democrats are sorely disappointed in how Chairman Dean has handled the 2008 primary season – allowing some states to move their dates forward (SC moved theirs twice!) and punishing others arbitrarily. It is against everything our Party stands for.

    If the funds fall short, the blame falls at Chairman Dean's feet, not DNC members.

    June 17, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  16. american

    no mcain

    June 17, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  17. Uncle Sam

    indianapolis – so how is this a new kind of politics?

    June 17, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  18. Mike,ct

    What kind of people vote for McCain.

    I forgot racist people.

    OBAMA done nothing wrong to HILLARY .

    Why HILLARY supporters will vote McCain its RACIST.

    OBAMA 08 HILLARY 2016

    June 17, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  19. Willy

    Obama= loser 08

    June 17, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  20. Beverly, Minneapolis MN

    Jack,
    From one knuckelhead to another – if we leave the republicans in office none of us will be able to go to the tax office, ever! Not if we have to drive there. Have you seen the price of gas?! Cry for republican leadership? – not gonna' to happen. We are going to rejoice the minute the republicans leave office -there are no more tears because we've been crying for the last 8 years. Maybe you're looking for a rock star – the rest of us are wanting a president who has all of our interest at heart. P.S. If Hillary (Billary) knows so much, why didn't she win the nomination. You need to get over it! Have some sugar – that might help!

    June 17, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  21. Mia

    He can do that?

    June 17, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  22. Nelly

    With all that is going on in the world we still continue to fight each other. Let's unite!

    June 17, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  23. FactCheck

    > FACT: Ronald Reagan had less political experience than Barack
    >Obama. He did not seem to wreck the country.

    If I may add another FACT: George W. Bush had ample experience as Governor of a verge large state, surrounded himself with "season veterans" with worlds of experience and added a VP with over two decades of experience in Congress and they DID wreck the country.

    June 17, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  24. JimS.

    Children, Children....behave.

    You don't always entirely get your way. Didn't you learn that in Kindergarten?

    Stop voting for spite and vote for who will do the best job for the country.

    That means Hillary's supporters voting for Obama even if they thought the nomination was stolen.

    That means Obama supporters voting for a combined ticket even if he does pick Hillary.

    It does NOT mean voting for McCain just for spite.

    GROW UP, KIDS. This isn't playground games, stop acting like babies.

    June 17, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  25. Carol, San Luis Obispo, CA

    There are a lot more important issues facing day-to-day life for voters than an independent group campaigning for Obama.

    June 17, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
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