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. BIFF, BIFFINGTON...

    to BROOKLYN...

    did you even READ the article.....?

    June 17, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. jan

    i think some of you have too much hate ..take a good look at how is you all see floods ,earthquakes etc and that all you can fight over hillary lost no one rob her she lost please move on in peace.

    June 17, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. sensi johnson

    Allen get a life! Obama appeals to a broader range of people and not all of them are democrats. if you think about the millions of republicans turned "Obamacans" who will not support the DNC but will support the candidate, then you will see the rationale behind this twist. A hint to the wise is quite sufficient.

    June 17, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  4. GET REAL

    Why is it every blog I go to Clinton supporters continue to say
    McCain 08 / Clinton 12

    Just as Obama needs your votes you will need Obamas vote to get her elected. If he does not get elected she wont make it past the primary season making it her second loss.

    Is this what you want? If you want to give her a chance vote for Obama and unite. Dont continue to complain that she lost because he cheated or because the media made him the nominee. She lost because she lost.

    Vote for Obama and Clinton will get the Presidency in 2016. If not she does not have a chance.

    OBAMA 08′

    June 17, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  5. Linda

    Anything that get's the Republican's out of office...

    June 17, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. Truth Be Told

    Some of you really need to get a life, is it November yet?

    June 17, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  7. B positive

    I prefer Hillary Rodham Clinton. The DNC still has one more chance to get it right at their convention in August. Getting it right means Hillary at the top of the ticket with anyone EXCEPT Obama for VP. If this does not happen then I will be voting for McCain.... because I put my country before politics.

    June 17, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  8. Michael

    Ok this is getting really old, I am tired of people saying the DNC stole the election from Clinton and gave it to Obama. Those who are saying that show their ignorance in the facts. Clinton was over a hundred delegates down before Michigan and Florida were included, even if he had received no delegates from Michigan he would have still had the delegates to take the nomination. This fact has been reported by many different news agencies. The DNC, like the RNC was well within their rights to have the delegations only have half a vote at the convention, they have the same rules.

    The primaries are based in no small part to the general election model, the only real difference is the primaries use delegate votes, the general election uses Electoral College votes. Neither of these use the popular vote so stop arguing something that does not apply. Instead of whining and crying, why don't some of you try to understand the process. I guess some of you are just happy walking around sound like a complete idiot when it comes to how things work, you are scared to death you may have to learn something you don't like. GIVE ME A BREAK, STOP THE STUPIDITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 17, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  9. McBush

    Mccians supporters will go back to Obama when they relize this guy Mccains is a hell for this country

    June 17, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  10. Brian Knoxville, TN

    There's a vast left wing conspiracy to defame me by using my name on these blogs! I bet Obama and Axelrod are laughing at me right now from their compyutr. Well laugh at this: you aren't getting my vote, it's going to McCann!

    PUMA PNAC!

    June 17, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  11. Hillary Supporter

    Carmela Goodall June 17th, 2008 3:35 pm ET

    It amazes me that there are 43% of anyone who actually believes that John McCain could be an effective President. As McCain touts "experience" as his leading argument, there has never been a President in my lifetime, regardless of their experience in Government ,who won that slot because of a military record. McCain's record is EXACTLY the reason he shouldn't even be considered. We need to be led by someone whose views are reflected from "the outside looking in." That someone, Barack Obama, needs to be very objective with the judgment calls to inflicting war on other countries. We simply can ill afford to have a 70+ year old war mongering skin cancer patient making these judgment calls after enduring 8 years of bad judgment by a substance abusive D student who can't even pronounce words my 1st grader can spell.

    June 17, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  12. Lynn

    Do you really believe that Obama wants these groups to stop. Give me a break.

    June 17, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  13. sampler

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

    FACT:Ronald Reagan was the governer of the largest state in USA–California.

    June 17, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  14. KC, Atlanta

    Attention to all Democrate, this is very important observation from a powerful reliable sources, most republicans had adopted a policy from their strongest surrogates like Rush Limbaugh known as "MASK HIT MEN,I am going to expose how they really operate which has been working for them very effectively, there are two groups in every blg existed in the cable networks, one group acting as Clintons supporters talk as many negative as they can think of and they would always make sure they direct the real Clintons supporters to vote for mccain, the other groups act as Obama supporters who continue to bash Clintons supporters and even threaten that their votes were not wellcome, this tactics was design to make it almost impossible to unite the both supporters and finally delivered clintons voters to republican,it seems to be working quite well,I promise you by next week, their covers would be blown piece by piece. I DARE CNN moderators to post this comments, I have seen a great job their so called moderators were doing by unposting so many postive comments but rather choose bunch of ill,foul,divisive and negative comments to be posted, big shame on you moderators, what a stand up guy or whatever you called yourself.

    June 17, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  15. Hillary Clinton

    Hello, it's me, Hillary. I would like to thank all the people who supported me throughout the campaign, but it's over now.

    All you nutjobs still 'supporting' me by voting for McCain have lost your minds. You really need to get some professional help – I'm not the answer to all your problems – I'm just a politician.

    Go out and form an identity of your own and try to solve your own problems for once.

    In the meantime though, keep sending those checks! I need to get my debt paid down. If you have children willing to sell their own toys to keep me rich – that's fine too.

    June 17, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  16. OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT

    MD
    just get over it obama stold nothing. but keep on nhe will denye you of your dignatity

    June 17, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  17. John Smith

    If Hillary supporters are MORE interested in the Candidates than the Major Issues facing this nation, let the "bitter voters" go ahead and vote for Mcain! Some of us will NOT be willing to listen to those "bitter voters" when:
    1. the price of gas hits $5,oo plus
    2. our people remain stuck in Iraqi
    3. when Hillary is off with Bill enjoying their $109 million
    4. when the supreme court is finally loaded with conservative judges
    5. when we are burden with the invasion of Iran, and the list goes on.

    No one, not even Obama, should beg these "bitter Hillary" voters; let them go ahead and vote for McCain and the Republicans!

    June 17, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  18. Show Me, Springfield MO

    Bob June 17th, 2008 3:53 pm ET

    Obama supporters are CRAZY!

    Yeppers.... we ARE crazy..
    Crazy about the Nation, the American people, our Healthcare, our Active Duty military, our Veterans, our Environment, our dollar valuation, how the world views America, Poverty, EDUCATION, dislike of corporations running our Nation... and last but not least (I am sure I missed a few things here)

    OUR CANDIDATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    BARACK OBAMA!!!!
    (this endorsement comes from Hillary, Al, Jimmy and John... and all the other noble Americans who support BHO)

    June 17, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  19. martin,arkansaws

    i only donate to obama.no one else!he's the only person in government that i trust.the rest are creepy,secretive,criminals and have sold out our nation,to support a dictator like bush/cheney,so they can line their pockets with oil and corporate profits."a change is a comin' ",said the good rev.

    June 17, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  20. sheribaby

    allen, you mean like the RNC listened to McCain about the Wright ads during the Dem primaries in NC? LOL
    Carol, WI, I hate to tell you this, but MSNBC's First Read and Newsweek's boards are every bit as incendiary as this one.

    June 17, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  21. Independent (Ex-Democrat) in IA

    He has no right to tell independent groups what to do. He is in charge of the DNC ... that's it.

    June 17, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  22. pam Eugene OR

    I think it can be very dangerous for independents to make comments that can haunt Barack. He has run a REALLY clean campaign and 2nd party ads could be attack dogs. That is not Barack's style.
    I have supported since I first saw him speak at the last convention. He is different and not the usual trash talking candidate.
    All these very negative comments and ugly speech but the haters on both sides is not a format for discussion.
    Please play nice and support the DNC. Negative campaigns do not work.
    That, above all else is why Hillary lost.

    June 17, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  23. Iam4mycountry

    I believe that they should give the money they raise to the DNC or Obama's campaign.

    1) All the money then would be spead out evenly for what was needed instead of some parts of the campaign short and other (with way to much.
    The DNC needs money to run. What good is it for these groups raise money if the DNC cannot function for lack of it
    How many people can fund raise for how many different groups for the same thing?

    2) more control over media.
    How many groups do we need to do ads? Obama wants to present a certain image. That is hard to do if he does not have a voice in what the ads say!

    It is great that these groups are for him, they just don't seem to be with him.

    June 17, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  24. Moon Maiden from Lake Michigan

    Carmela ,
    I love your Blog.
    Couldn't have said it any better myself.
    REUNITE DEMOCRATS AND
    BELIEVE THAT YES WE CAN!
    OBAMA/CLINTON
    NO RICHARDSON

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

    Robert in Toronto, ON, I wholeheartedly agree! Let the indie groups fund their GOTV efforts but put the $$ in DNC coffers to ensure the messages are on point and in alignment with Obama's. He says "No Drama Allowed." He needs unity. If the indie messages aren't swifboat and the same as Obama's, then we all take the credit for success, Obama takes the blame for failure, as it should be. If they aren't unified, he can't be responsible for what they put out, and their efforts to help could actually backfire and work against him.

    June 17, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
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