Huffington Post is reporting today that Hillary Clinton’s campaign has turned over its mailing list to the Democratic National Committee (DNC). If you’ve never been intimately involved in an election campaign it’s hard to convey how exciting it is to get access to a list of this quality and size. As HuffPo notes, this will give “the party a major boost as it rebuilds under a new chair and prepares for the midterm elections next year and the 2020 presidential race.”
I should say.
The list provides 10 million new names to the DNC that it did not previously have. It was provided as an in-kind donation from the Hillary for America campaign and valued at $3.5 million according to the Federal Elections Commission.
This is notable in part because it reverses an approach taken by the Obama campaign in 2008.
… [Obama’s] own outside group, Organizing for Action, attempted to play much of the traditional role of the DNC, fostering frustration within party ranks. National and state party officials worried that local races were neglected in favor of Obama-specific ones. And they chaffed that they were not given complete access to the OFA email list until 2015.
The decision to turn over the list by the Clinton campaign fulfills a promise she made during the nomination race that “she would focus her resources on rebuilding a Democratic Party infrastructure that had decayed under President Barack Obama.”
HuffPo reports, however, that the party still doesn’t have Bernie Sander’s list, which contains millions of names of people who have not typically associated with the Democratic Party, and would therefore be particularly valuable.
Sanders’ team has been reluctant to hand that information to the DNC out of fear that the list will be misused by the committee and under the belief that the individuals on it did not sign up as Democrats but as supporters of Sanders.
As for Clinton being more generous with her list than Obama, it’s only fair to say that she is likely out of the game, and he was the active head of his party after 2008. As for Sanders keeping his list away from the DNC, I get the principle involved but, man, these are dangerous times.