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Progressive Groups Plan Robust 2008 Mobilization

By Matthew Mosk
A broad range of interest groups today announced plans for a costly independent drive to mobilize progressive voters for the 2008 election, much of it targeting younger and minority voters.

Leaders from the loose coalition of groups predicted a combined spending effort that will total more than $350 million.

During a press conference describing the endeavor, leaders from several of the groups made clear the effort is aimed at taking on presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain. McCain is already the target of an independent ad paid for by the Fund for America, a group financed by wealthy financier George Soros, and by the Service Employees International Union.

Heather Smith, the executive director of Rock the Vote, said youth turnout in the primaries has already proven that "the conventional wisdom" about youth apathy is false. "In every early primary contest so far, turnout has either doubled, tripled or quadrupled," she said. Young people are "paying attention to politics at rates we've never seen." also plans to engage in the effort "to get the progressive issues front and center in the debate," said Ilyse Hogue, the group's communication director. She predicted the group would spend $30 million "at the intersection of technology and democracy." That will include identifying newly registered young voters, and tracking them through their e-mail, cellphone and online networking presence.

Hogue also described an effort to help Democrats capture 60 seats in the U.S. Senate, saying the group would not only spend on races where Democrats are polling ahead. "We will look for races where we can make them competitive. Where we can take people who are lagging behind in the polls and push them over the top."

Other groups that announced plans to be involved in the voter mobilization effort were: Campaign for America's Future, AFL-CIO, Women's Voices. Women Vote, ACORN, and National Council of La Raza.

By Web Politics Editor  |  March 18, 2008; 1:38 PM ET
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Boothe, man, go back and watch the speech. It was powerful and honest enough to get this old Republican decide once and for all to vote for him.

Racism and poverty ARE linked in this country, and are the biggest problem we face, and this man is the only candidate (as far as I can tell) who has the courage and clarity of perception to tackle it with any effectiveness.

Posted by: BABucher | March 18, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Dag sorry hit the wrong button, thought I was posting on the Obama speech discussion.

Sorry folks

Posted by: boothe | March 18, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

This really damages Obama alot, I wish that all of the independents who voted for him in Wisconsin, and Minnesota, and other states like that would have known about this before they voted. The free media ride Obama has gotten up until this point was astonishing.

Obama probably cannot win a general election now. Every Obama poster who railed against 'the race card' being played by Bill and Hillary Clinton should send them a letter apologizing to them. The message of Rev. Wright is unmistakably racist and ugly in a way that reminds one of what real racisim is like. I.e. Bill Clinton compared Obama to Jesse Jackson, not the 'devil'.

Especially painfull considering that Obama's big plus and Schtik was being a healer.

Also did anyone notice Obama's first instinct was to lie about this, which he blatantly did all last weekend. I have never heard this sort of talk from Rev. Wright before...... Total Lie

Obama isn't electable in the fall anymore, hopefully the super delegates will do the right thing and put in nominee that can win.

Posted by: boothe | March 18, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

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