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.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (207 Responses)
  1. Silence Dogood

    That is exactly how he wrecked Hillary's campaign. Let others do the dirty work. Then sort of diss them weakly in public. His "high road" is a thin disguise. If he wanted them to stop, he would meet with them in private, it would stop – done deal. He is either weak or lying.

    He is not stupid – he benefits from any and all negative attacks as long as he pretends not to know – you remember like Pres.Reagan and Iran Contra funding. Same Ol Politics.

    I don't like McCain but I sure don't like being "played" either.

    June 17, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  2. Nova from NV

    Hillary Clinton supporters,
    We got no respect from our party and from the Obamabots so let's vote McCain in November.

    June 17, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  3. Caryn, WDC

    For all of you who think that the DNC "stole the election from Hillary" get over it.

    She lost it's over...Let's move on.

    June 17, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  4. Tony, Miami

    Jojo do you really think you can controll Florida and Michigan voters? If this was true you will already be elected Governor of at least of one of the 2 states. Stop kidding yourself you will be one of the rare democrats to vote for McCain period.

    June 17, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  5. nic, bellingham wa

    Way to confuse folks, CNN.
    Obama previously directed the Party to stop taking money from PAC's – but not all independent groups are PAC's.

    When I was in J-school, they stressed our responsibility to inform the electorate – not confuse & frustrate them.

    June 17, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  6. Chipster

    For "knuckleheaded Jack"

    Here's a news bulletin for you: Democrats do pay taxes. The problem is Republicans don't think they should have to pay taxes for the services they get but they never want to give up the services. They spend like drunken sailors on leave and BORROW from future generations.

    Republicans talk about cutting spending but they never do. It might cost them a few votes. They just borrow, borrow, borrow. Eventually, someone has to pay the bills. Democrats get the blame for being responsible enough to collect the revenue needed to pay off the debt. Cleaning up the mess an elephant leaves is not an easy or glamorous task but it must be done. Experience tells us that the elephant isn't going to do it.

    June 17, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  7. AK in LA

    I don't know....what does Caroline think?

    June 17, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  8. Ron. Toronto Canada

    Would someone please expain to me how the latest poll show's25% of Hillary's suporter's will vote for McSame.And 13% Will not vote at all. Which is the same as voting McSame,Adds up to 38%=18,000,000 who will not vote for Obama.

    June 17, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  9. Winthorp

    Yeah, obama is real bad at politics. He just managed to run rings around Hilary, and beat despit all her experience.

    June 17, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  10. Teresa, Georgia

    The independant groups mean well. But I believe they should focus their efforts on registereing new voters and increasing voter turnout. Funds raised in support of Obama should be channeled to the DNC or Obama campaign as suggested. They are needed to unite all democrats for victory in November. Trust Obama's instincts on this one...I believed he's right. Overall, his (the campaign) strategies have worked toward democrats efforts to win back the Whitehouse.

    June 17, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. Ula Nejad- Sacramento Ca

    Its time to begin 'rock the vote' in all fifty states.

    June 17, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. Steve from California

    Look out for your money folks, This is nothing more than a slush fund to be distributed how the DNC sees fit. There will be no way to track the money.

    June 17, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. Jacklyn, NC

    I do not see too much harm that these groups can do, afterall, look back at John Kerry's race and how he was swiftboated. People get for real because you should know that the REPUBS will go way below to try and win this election. I understand also that Barack is trying to run an above board presidential race but i feel that he should be just as shrewd as the other party. John McCain may be fooling the people in the Republican party but he knows that these campaigning tactics against Democrats are going to happen so just go with the flow.

    June 17, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  14. peakarach,des moines,IA

    MCCAIN 08!
    HILLARY 12!

    June 17, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  15. Xavier, Saint Louis, MO

    This is truly out of Obama's hands. This is what makes this country so great; you have the freedom to do what you please (up to a certain point).

    June 17, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  16. peakarach,des moines,IA


    June 17, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  17. peakarach,des moines,IA


    June 17, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  18. ginger

    How can unqualified people judge who's qualified.

    Obama is more than qualified. And if you don't have personal experience being President then please list your qualifications for judging who is.

    June 17, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  19. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    So who was it that wan't going to be under the influence of PAC's?

    Guess he'll just give the millions $$ back to the donors.

    June 17, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  20. I drank the KoolAid

    /blind /worship

    Obama '08

    June 17, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  21. Dan , TX

    If you support Obama, donate to the DNC or the Obama campaign, not to the independent groups.

    As a lifelong republican, it is clear we need Obama to be our next president.

    June 17, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  22. Cynthia

    I do agree that Senator Obama needs both. He is not the kind of candidate to get dirty. The Republicans will so he does need someone to be able to fight against the negativity that will come up

    June 17, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  23. Janet, American via Canada

    So far Senator Clinton hasn't done anything to heal the wounds, and bring those few small minded individuals to the DNC!
    Questions about her loyality, is really hurting her with those who already had a negative attitude towards her!
    Remember Senator Clinton, the voters today do not forget either!

    June 17, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  24. Big gator

    MD June 17th, 2008 3:04 pm ET

    Obama supporters need to donate to the DNC. After all, the DNC stole the election from Hillary to give the nomination to Obama. You owe them!

    Stop your belly aching, Hillary lost because she wasn't ready day one.

    June 17, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  25. Eli, Milwaukee

    If Hillary would have dropped out a month ago when it was clear she couldnt win then they the DNC would of had plenty of time to raise funds.

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