June 17th, 2008
04:10 PM ET
14 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. Tyler

    Dear Vote Nader,
    Your statement follows the mentality of most Mccain supporters.

    June 17, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  2. Jack

    If all you knuckheaded dems had to go down to the tax office each month to pay your taxes you would never vote another lib into office. Obama is going to raise your taxes so much that you'll be crying for Republican leadership by the year 2012. That's why Billary wanted to win so badly because she knows that Obama is going to be a disaster on foreign and domestic policy. Once that happens, the Republicans will once again gain control of the White House and Congress and some of you young voters will have come to your senses. Obama is not a rock star he's a socialist.

    June 17, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  3. Sabrina

    If he really wanted them to stop , they would, he will use them to smear McCain and then say I told them not. He knows exactly what they are going to say or do. This keeps his hands clean.....NOT! These are his wishes, same ol same ol. MCClinton08 Clinton 2012.

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

    he only defended clinton cause he pandering. he needs our votes, if you if all of you obama-nazis don't want our vote or would rather say "don't need our vote." then have him say it but he won't : first of all he has no spine to do it, second the real fact is that he does need it. you all are really the true essence of the word stupid if you think he does not. why not stop all your BS. why make it a close race when he could win big, but no you morons never stop. seems the educated only know what they were taught, and have no common sense.

    June 17, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  5. Jim

    Obama is the manchurian candidate.

    McCain 2008

    June 17, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  6. Italy

    I will not give money to Obama !! go home take care your wife and children , you are not the type for president, you don't know what change is or how change , please give me brake what change you are talking about.

    June 17, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  7. Bitter - New Orleans, LA

    "Um, did you even read the article? It is not his campaign. These are independent groups."

    Funny how when independent groups put out ads for McCain that were critical of Obama, the dems tried to hold him accountable.

    hypo – crit

    And for the record. Pointing out your oponents short comings is not dirty campaigning. You say to stay on the issues.
    How can you have faith is someone's promises if they can't even prove themselves to be honorable and trustworthy?????????

    Character examination is a must. Obama is a mystery to most people and we're seeing his shady side now that he's FINALLY being properly vetted. It's only just begun.

    June 17, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  8. Jim, SC

    Get out as many as you can, this Democrat still isn't voting for Obama under any circumstances!

    June 17, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  9. Beca

    BHO campaing sounds pretty desperate!

    June 17, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  10. Bob

    They may know, we the people can do this......

    June 17, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  11. Character Content Examination

    So, if I go out into states that are up for grabs and organize and register white people, am I racist?

    Ever notice how you can take a group that is all about advancing a particular race and substitue the word "white" and it becomes a bad thing?


    NAAWP – National Asociation for the Advancement of White People (I think that would be the KKK)

    La (Blanco) Raza – The (White) Race ... didn't Hitler try this one???

    So promoting a single race has been tried before and failed. Seems to me we would have learned something from that...

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

    Imagine, the independants wanting to be independant from the DNC. The DNC has been a mess ever since Howard Dean took the wheel, and then Obama makes it worse by asking him to continue to drive. Even though millions of dems have made their dissatisfaction with Dean well known.

    Also, I find it funny how all these Obama supporters who were going to riot if the DNC took the nomination away from him, now defend the DNC for taking it away from Hillary – who had won more votes, but not more delegates. Hillary supporters will not join Obama supporters as long as Obama supporters continue to insult and attack their fellow dems. Shame on them.

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

    Amen Larry Sinclair!! Keep speaking, You will be heard.

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

    I love America!

    June 17, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. Jim from Middletown, CT

    Can just one of you supposed Hillary supporters please explain how Obama "stole" the election? No one ever seems to answer that one. Could it be that someone is paying you to say that?

    June 17, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  16. Xena


    June 17, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  17. Hard Working Martha

    MD – How did they steal from her? REMEMBER – it's the "DELEGATES" that count, not the POPULAR votes. Unfortunately, she did not have a great team working for her. Think about it, they wanted her to run on her husband's reputation (old school) and when she started being the true Hillary and great Senator she really is, it was too late and that's what hurt her. When she picked up steam, that's when all the voters started coming out and supporting her. Remember she came in 3rd place in Iowa because her team did not think this state would matter. They even admitted this was an error on their part. Go after her staff and not the DNC or Obama staff. I think her staff let her down. I think this is why she felt so let down. Her staff was all messed up. Think about the number of people she had to let go or even walked out.

    June 17, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  18. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    The Swift Boats are gonna look like mini-Titanics before this is over!

    June 17, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  19. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Personally i can't wait for more Move On General Betray Us ads. They'll drive every independent into McCain's arms. Those wack jobs are even more to the left than Obama, if that's possible.

    June 17, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  20. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    How can this be a surprise to anyone. This is why they are called independant groups. They might listen to the general ideas that the candidate has, but to expect them to follow all the rules the candidate has is just plain silly. If they were to follow Obama's rules and policies, then they would just be extensions of the campaign. I am sure that these groups have their own agendas.

    June 17, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  21. smell the coffee

    Well! PowePac and MoveOn have been wind beneath Obama's wing for some time. That is how he won the primary. They cause is not that much different than the lobbiest.
    Change is coming slowing by slowing. Obama wants tax break for corporation? that is a change from the democratic view. What ever happened to no tax breaks for corporation that sends jobs oversees? Well that was then this is now.
    Tune in and smell the coffee. All politicans are the same.

    June 17, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  22. mike

    Nice try Jack, but you must be clueless. What have the republicans done except give tax breaks to the wealthy and leave our economy in shambles? Republican leadership is an oxymoron. It doesn't exist.
    If it did, someone would have stood up to Bush and his lying, corrupt administration. John McCain looked like he would do it and then he sold out. Give us a break. Republcians promise nothing new. We can't afford that anymore.

    June 17, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  23. Don

    Check the books . . . sounds like a little one for you and two for me going on . . . and Obama thinks he controls the party . . . it all boils down to who controls the money.

    June 17, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  24. MD

    Centralized, coordinated effort will win elections. Kerry lost because the DNC and his campaign clashed and stepped on each other's toes repeatedly during the general election prelude.

    Let's learn a lesson for once, and centeralize fundraising efforts.

    June 17, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  25. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    Uh, hello all of the conspiracy theorists. Those who feel Senator Obama had the nomination "given" to him in liue of Senator CLinton.
    Neither of them had the requisite number of delegates.
    However, back in December, and then January and even into the 2nd week of Ferbruary, Senator Clinton had the most announced delegates behind her. And she had a big lead. I suspect had she done a little better in the primaries, she would've gotten a bigger piece of the pie. But what can't be lost is that she'd have been pushed over the top the same as Obama. But, Obama actually needed less help.
    Those are the facts folks.

    June 17, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
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