Obama Considers Spreading the Wealth

No, this is not an affirmation of the absurd attacks leveled by John McCain at Barack Obama regarding socialism.

Last month, Josh noted that Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill asked the Obama campaign to share some of its money to help aid the party's efforts to build a larger congressional majority, a request that the campaign denied -- at least at the time. Now, according to The Washington Post's Matthew Mosk, the Obama campaign is considering reversing course in the wake of the greatest grassroots fundraising month in the history of American politics and contributing to growing the Democratic ranks in Congress.

Democratic Sen. Barack Obama announced yesterday that he raised more than $150 million in September, obliterating previous fundraising records and giving him an enormous tactical advantage over Republican Sen. John McCain in the final weeks of the presidential campaign.

With tens of millions more to spend than McCain, Obama has gone on the offensive in dozens of states, including several once considered long shots, such as North Carolina, Virginia and Missouri. He is running three television ads to every one aired by McCain, and he has built a massive operation to reach voters on Election Day.

The campaign has raised so much money that it is considering passing some along to Democratic Party committees to try to help grow the party's majorities in Congress, according to a campaign source. [emphasis added]

To me this seems like a no-brainer. While it was not yet clear a month ago what the trajectory of the election would be, whether Obama would really have enough money to compete everywhere he wanted to or if he would have real limits to his resources, by now it seems apparent that the campaign can afford to allocate some of the large amounts of money contributed by its grassroots supporters towards electing more and better Democrats -- an effort that could result in tangible benefits (larger Democratic majorities, easing the flow of legislation through Congress) in the event of an Obama victory. Though Obama may be post-partisan in some regards, he is certainly a party-builder in others.

Tags: Barack Obama, dccc, DSCC, Fundraising, House 2008, Senate 2008 (all tags)



Get rid of Hillary's debt

That is what they should do.

by puma 2008-10-20 08:53AM | 0 recs
Re: Get rid of Hillary's debt

or maybe my debt.

by the mollusk 2008-10-20 09:06AM | 0 recs
Hillary's debt can wait.

It's about defeating Rs now.

I'm sure Obama will help fund raise next year to help Senator clinton, who has been a good supporter.

by TomP 2008-10-20 09:10AM | 0 recs
Re: Get rid of Hillary's debt

Unless I'm very much mistaken, it'd be illegal for Obama to put more than $2300 of his money towards Hillary's debt.

by sab39 2008-10-20 10:00AM | 0 recs
Re: Get rid of Hillary's debt

Campaigns can give unlimited sums of money from their campaign accounts to the political parties.  

Limits: http://www.fec.gov/pages/brochures/contr iblimits.shtml

by democratunc 2008-10-20 11:09AM | 0 recs
Re: Get rid of Hillary's debt

Correct -- but campaigns cannot give unlimited amounts of money to each other, nor can the party give an unlimited amount to Hillary's campaign.

The original comment is correct. Money collected for the Obama campaign can legally be transferred to the DNC (and, I'm pretty sure, the Congressional committees) but cannot be transferred to Hillary's campaign, and it cannot be transferred somewhere else and thence to Hillary's campaign.

by Texas Gray Wolf 2008-10-20 11:37AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Considers Spreading the Wealth

Good diea.  Grow the majority.

by TomP 2008-10-20 09:09AM | 0 recs
for the rest of my lifetime

The Democratic Party is going to look back on the 2008 election and say, "That was when the Democratic Party--that flawed, diverse, beautiful coalition--was firing on all cylinders."

by Carl Nyberg 2008-10-20 09:25AM | 0 recs
Re: for the rest of my lifetime

My hope is that they'll actually say "That was when the Democratic Party started firing on all cylinders". The organization that's being built during this cycle should have a long and productive life ahead of it.

by Texas Gray Wolf 2008-10-20 11:38AM | 0 recs

Am I the only one who saw that Chuck Todd moved Arizona to Lean McCain today on "First Read"?

by RandyMI 2008-10-20 09:33AM | 0 recs
Re: Arizona

I caught that too.  I laughed out loud.

by fogiv 2008-10-20 10:13AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Considers Spreading the Wealth

what obama should do.

expand into georgia, north dakota, mississippi, south carolina (so that it bleeds into georgia and runs up the margins) alaska (to tick of palin ;P) arizona, and, if there is enough money, texas.  

give to dscc dsss (or whatever the abreviations are)

if there's money left over pay off the debt of all dem prez candidates and dscc dnc and dsss (if that's allowed)

what he SHOULDN'T do

buy a blimp
buy a million wii's
give money to mccain

by Doug Tuttle 2008-10-20 09:38AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Considers Spreading the Wealth

Obama has been running very aggressively in Georgia for a few weeks now.  I see at least 1 Obama ad during every Primetime TV show.

I have only seen 1 or 2 McCain ads.   I am guessing that at this point McCain must feel that if they need to defend Georgia, they wont have any chance anyway, because Georgia won't flip until after North Carolina and Florida.

by gavoter 2008-10-20 09:45AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Considers Spreading the Wealth

Same here, in Texas. In both states these are part of the national ad buys. With the funding disparities in this election the national ads make enormous sense; they're putting pressure on McCain literally everywhere.

For my money (literally!) I'd like to see:
1) Continued ad push against McCain. Hope some back here in reserve in case there's a need for a last-minute push on Nov. 3.

2) Continued GOTV push. There's little that could be done to hire more organizers at this point, but none of the field operation should be lacking for supplies, etc -- even in states like Texas (and I'm not saying they are -- just that it should stay in high focus).

3) Coordinated pushes with Congressional Committees and DNC (to the legal limits of coordination) to support downticket races wherever there's a pickup possibility. I'd love to see Rick Noriega (TX-SEN) on TV more around here; getting some love for Brian Ruiz (TX-31) would be tremendous (though it's a longshot race).

4) Advertising and GOTV pushes for important state races (WA-GOV, etc).

I expect some to be kept simply in reserve in case of emergency; that's fine. But I agree, we're building the party and solidifying Congress, and that's extremely important.

by Texas Gray Wolf 2008-10-20 11:46AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Considers Spreading the Wealth

I live in coastal South Carolina and have seen hundreds of Obama ads that are on local Savannah, Ga. tv stations.

I haven't seen one McCain ad on local tv.

BTW: Saxby Chambliss is now running this ad.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQ8PFfvGE pU&feature=related

I for one would love to see OB give Martin enough to defeat this man.  What a terrible ad.

by ND1979 2008-10-20 10:40AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Considers Spreading the Wealth

They should look at getting a chunk of money to the state legislature level races where majorities can be won or gotten out of the hands of conservatives.  (There is in fact a small and apparently pretty effective- but almost unknown- Party organization for that called the DLCC.  The little sister to the DSCC and DCCC, of course, but its game is different.)  Tipping state legislatures to Democrats is where Democratic voters and Indies can get some serious change in quality of government, government ethics and management, and improved quality of life out of election results pretty quickly.

We're probably looking at being weakest, relatively, as a Party at the level of state governments in February.  Best to squelch and stomp out as much in the way of crap Republican state legislators and (especially) Republican establishment there- the opportunities for that are rare.

The DNC is supposedly dropping $20m to key state legislature races.  Another $10m or $20m spread a bit more widely should max out results.

by killjoy 2008-10-20 11:30AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Considers Spreading the Wealth

I do not think that Federal Office money can go to state office races.  

by gavoter 2008-10-20 11:43AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Considers Spreading the Wealth

I don't know for sure, but I think that it could as federal money is collected under strict conditions compared to most states. State money can't go to federal though other than to the co-ordinated campaign.

by Quinton 2008-10-20 02:47PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama Considers Spreading the Wealth

Having it go to state legislative races and to try and get us the senate seats in Maine and MN would be great. We really, really need that seat in Maine if we're serious about picking off so called republican moderates in blue states and replacing them with progressives. That seat in Maine is worth a lot more than a seat in GA, MS, KY or most other places. Sen. Allen would be a more better voter than those other folks would be and his seat would be a whole lot safer in future than theirs would be.

by Quinton 2008-10-20 02:50PM | 0 recs


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