April 25th, 2008
12:19 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama campaign makes general election plans

(CNN) - In the wake of his Pennsylvania loss, Barack Obama’s campaign has revealed two major steps towards a general election operation – both usually undertaken by presumptive presidential nominees.

On Friday, the campaign officially announced an ambitious, 50-state voter registration program designed to boost Democratic registration – already reaching record levels in many states – with an eye towards November.

On the conference call discussing the effort, Deputy Campaign Manager Steve Hildebrand confirmed a report on The Page that the Obama team had entered into a joint fundraising operation with the Democratic National Committee.

The DNC could use the help. In a year when most Democratic campaign committees are vastly out-raising their Republican counterparts, the DNC – which had a little more than $5 million cash on hand, according to its most recently filed Federal Elections Commission report – is lagging far behind a cash-rich Republican National Committee’s $31 million war chest.

John McCain has launched a similar fundraising partnership with the RNC – but it did not debut until after he became the presumptive GOP nominee.

Hildebrand also said that Hillary Clinton’s campaign had held similar discussions with the national party, although the two sides had yet to come to an agreement.

“It is something that we are moving forward with and as we understand it the D.N.C. has initiated those conversations with the Clinton campaign as well.”

Joint committees are usually formed after there is a de facto nominee. In contrast to the strict fundraising limits imposed on the candidates, parties are able to raise more than 10 times as much – allowing them to assume some election-related activities and costs that would otherwise be undertaken by the campaign.

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  1. Don in Florida

    As an African American 50 plus years old who has consistantly voted democratic in every presidential election since age 20 while a college student, there's one thing that i love most about this country. We've been told from early childhool that any one can grow up to be president of the United States of America. We're the only country in the world where that is possible and that's what makes this country so great. So I understand that some democrats might not like Obama, but it perplexes me that they say that if he wins the nomination fair and square they will vote for McCain. He and Clinton have basically the same platform so why would someone vote for a Republican just because an African American is the Democratic Nominee? I think it's common politcal wisdom that the Republicans would be the first party to nominate a woman or african american candidate, and if they did I don't think you'd hear them talking about deserting the party because of it.. Things that make you go HMMMM>

    April 25, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  2. tom, Boston

    people, settle down. "i', democrat for hillary and won't vote for obama blah blah blah" is simply karl rove's robots parroting nonsense to divide the DNC.

    and the corporate media that is the neo-con propaganda machine pretends that dirty nonsense has any leg.

    they are desperate. that's all.

    let's throw them all into the dumpster where rubbish belongs to!

    April 25, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  3. Souther Star, TN

    I am a proud Independent and I will never side with any party simply because there is not a party I completely agree with. Sometimes I see things from the republican perspective and sometimes I see things from the Democratic perspective.

    Looking at the big picture, we all want the same thing, cheaper means of living, steady pay, and a safe neighborhood in which to grow. Many of these things were taken away when the Bush administration took hold of OUR government. Now we have a chance to win it back if we can only stop bickering amongst ourselves over petty things.

    The majority of the people on this blog are more than likely the ones who are suffering from the affects of the current administration, but yet due to their candidate not "winnning" they will try their best to ruin it for everyone. Whether it be a Clinton supporter voting for McCain if she loses the nomination or be it an Obama supporter voting for McCain if he does not win the election or not voting at all.

    Quite honestly, a politician is a politician whether they are white, black, asian, hispanic, male or female. They all have promises that they MUST keep to people other than ourselves. So, I urge everyone to seriously consider why and who they are voting for in this election. Is it to smite the other candidate or is it really to better America.

    God bless us ALL

    April 25, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  4. Charles

    This is what Hilary Clinton supporters sound like:

    If the democratic party gives the election to the person who has won the most states, votes, and delagates I will vote for the candidate who represents the exact opposite of my values then the fellow democrat that does. If Obama gets the nomination, the issues will not matter to me, who cares about war, taxes and the economy, or abortion rights only the fact the my candidate was beaten fairly by some "uppity newcomer" who was able to somehow "bamboozle" the majority of democratic primary voters.

    April 25, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  5. David, Helsinki.


    April 25, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  6. Loretta, St. Mays, GA

    OBAMA will bring about a change, difference, unity & justice for all! GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OBAMA! We love you & Michelle! "Don't Stop Until You Make It To The Top" LOL

    April 25, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  7. Brenda from AZ AND NOT A MCCAIN FAN

    I am so tired of this in-fighting. I use to support Hillary. But I changed my mind real quick as she continued to fight dirty and did everything she could to demean Senator Obama's character. She wants the presidency at all cost and I don't like her methods. Clinton and Obama have similar ideas, similar plans if they become President. But, if Obama wins, the Clinton supporters won't vote for him??? How dumb is that? I am a middle aged white woman who strongly supports Obama- but if he loses to Clinton, I will definitely vote democrat either way. Is America so stupid that they would rather have McCain in office? Even if it means more soldiers dying in Iraq? What about our problems here at home? They are both democrats!! Clinton supporters get over yourselves. If Obama wins the votes, he deserves the chance AND your support. If you don't support him, I would question the real underlying reason why you don't want him as our President. The word "racist" comes to mind....

    April 25, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
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